Cape Town - Forget about Homo sapiens. Scientists are debating about developing a new species, Robo sapiens – superhumans with increased knowledge and longevity.
According to this debate, this new super species would emerge through genetic engineering, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and artificial life.
So says Anton van Niekerk, head of the Department of Philosophy and also director of the Centre for Applied Ethics at Stellenbosch University, who has done extensive research on the transformation and enhancement of humans.
Van Niekerk delivered the Stellenbosch Forum Lecture last week on transhumanism.