- Mar 22, 2013
Transhumanism and cyberpunk have often been at odds with each other. Transhumanism is about how technology will uplift mankind. Cyberpunk is about how it will fail to do so and will lend itself to new dystopias.
I see transhumanism more as an offshoot that grew out of cyberpunk. When CP came onto the stage man-machine interfaces and virtual realities were all the rage, but most cyberpunk was just about slightly modifications or upgrades of the human template, where transhumanism went kind of beyond it with more extreme changes and how that would impact societies. Hence lots of cyberpunk takes place in a still recognizable near-earth future, where lots of transhumanism takes place in far future space operas with the whole galaxy as the stage.