In the Moot, one "Mitchell" was not impressed:
I find this thoroughly unpersuasive. It's like saying only white men will ever have nukes or be hackers. If we analyse transhumanism as a cultural and existential response to a certain level of technology, then what exactly is going to stop it from springing up everywhere else that has Internet and biotechnology?
"Cultural and existential response"?
Sounds like a science fiction fanclub or convention to me -- the sort of thing I thoroughly approve of as a big old geek -- but the thing is the "transhumanists" seem to want their sf fandom to be treated as a policy think-tank, a political movement, or a religious/philosophical organization providing members the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
"[W]hat exactly is going to stop it from springing up everywhere"?
Honestly, just what exactly is the "it" you fancy will "spring up" inevitably everywhere?
Have you noticed that the Robot Cultists have been indulging in roughly the same song and dance for over two decades by now and yet the Robot God, the nanobotic genies-in-a-bottle, the gengineered sooper-bodies, the cyberspatial immortalization and sexytime Holodecks are no closer to materialization or even to making sense, and self-described "transhumanists" planetwide have never managed to be more than the same few handfuls of white guys?
At what point does "inevitable" start looking to you like the "dumb" it looks like to actually technoscientifically literate politically aware people more generally?
Digital networked media and non-normativizing medical techniques are already available, after all -- is everybody "transhumanist" now, has "transhumanism" swept the world, whatever that is supposed to mean?
If you really make the effort to characterize just what you think "transhumanism" consists of as some "thing" that will "happen" or in some sense "prevail," I predict you will EITHER say something general to the point of vacuity that can be described without introducing the term "transhumanism" concerning your marginal handful of sf fanboys who cannot distinguish science from science fiction to capture "it" -- something on the order of: new, widely-available techniques tend to alter general conduct in ways that serious people will want to account for in law and policy -- OR you will say something hyperbolic and hilariously implausible about wanting to live forever by cryonicizing your brain or uploading your "mind" into cyberspace or how hackers should build a desktop dirt-to-diamonds nanomachine in your basement or whatever that immediately reveals you to be a wish-fulfillment fantasist who would be better off in therapy than in a Robot Cult.
Not to be rude, Mitchell, but do you happen to be a transhumanistical white guy yourself? Do you think transhumanistical white guys are The Voice of this "transhumanism" that will "spring up" so inevitably soon enough in The Future?