Stoll Revisited, Why Transhumanism Is Still Utopian

And why technological progress alone does not lead to a better life

by Diego Ramiro Lattes

Technological reactionaries and progressives

Some people have always had a hatred of all things new, romanticizing a “glorious past” and often ignoring that the changes since those times have not been entirely for the worst. We can argue from dawn to dusk then back to dawn all about how there is still inequality and economic injustice in the technological world – but just as much could be said about the pre-technological era of kings and emperors. Yet these people blame progress for social decay, how technology has disconnected people from “the land” and its supposed virtues – that urban society is worse than the glorified agricultural realms of old. Continue reading “Stoll Revisited, Why Transhumanism Is Still Utopian”

The USSR: When Dogma Stifles Innovation

A case of wasted potential, rent-seeking, and corruption

by Diego Ramiro Lattes

I sometimes wonder about the Soviet Union, what if history had been different? A myriad of scenarios come to my mind, but no easy answers. To venture into a realm of honest possibilities – plausible courses of action – requires a more thorough look at history than random newspaper articles allow. Continue reading “The USSR: When Dogma Stifles Innovation”