Converging technologies

"Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance" is an influential 2002 report commissioned by the National Science Foundation and Department of Commerce. The report is notable in that it mirrors transhumanist positions in a government report. Prior to the report, transhumanist positions tended to be confined to a discussions on a few special interest websites and mailing lists. 

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"Understanding of the mind and brain will enable the creation of a new species of intelligent machine systems that can generate economic wealth on a scale hitherto unimaginable. Within a half-century, intelligent machines might create the wealth needed to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, a clean environment, and physical and financial security for the entire world population. Intelligent machines may eventually generate the production capacity to support universal prosperity and financial security for all human beings. Thus, the engineering of the mind is much more than the pursuit of scientific curiosity. It is more even than a monumental technological challenge. It is an opportunity to eradicate poverty and usher in the golden age for all humankind."