Sexuality In A Post-Human Society
edited March 2016 in Everything else
What is the future of sexuality in a post-human society?
Does gender have a future in a genetically enhanced or technologically augmented future? Or can we look forward to a future of gender fluid sexual hedonism?
We'll finish disconnecting sex from reproduction, and (hopefully) get our society to a place where participation in both, either, or neither is voluntary. One of these is likely far harder than the other.
Since sex won't be about becoming responsible for another human for years on end, it will continue to be something that people do because it's fun, and as a way of signifying emotional connection.
Identity is like genre, mortally wounded but not aware that it's dying. Genre, for those under 20, was a way of identifying which music people you didn't know thought should be marketed together, so that that media containing that music could be put in the same general area of music stores, back when those existed. Since music is now searchable streams of content, the use of genres to denote similarity is falling apart, and you get people making up genres for fun, like seapunk, vaporwave, witch house, etc.
Transplant that to identity, and you get self-organizing hives of weirdness like tumblr, myspace back when it was a thing, "weird twitter", biohack.me, etc., where people find people who are actually similar to them in some way (transhumanist, otherkin, ace, whatever portmanteu is trending at the moment), rather than being similar in the ways people who are not-them decided they should be marketed to each other (white/black, m/f, etc.).
I think in the limit, there will be some people who will end up like Tesla, in terms of their interaction with others: they will interact with others only when they "need" too (he was more of a pigeon person than a people person), but unlike Tesla, they won't need to. Everyone will be the ruler of the sovereign state of themselves, a unique entity with no relation to others. Some people may chose not to do that, I suppose, but I'm not seeing a really compelling argument against it in the presence of truly perfected technology, but at this point we're talking more about physical gods than anything we'd regard as technically human. Of course they would have left "identity" behind.
That's not going to happen. At best your robot overlords will sexual gratify you while pretending to be sexually gratified. I'm extremely skeptical about strong AI and even more skeptical of the idea that AI can have physical sexual desires. Even assuming strong AI has actual consciousness the chance of it having anything approaching human sexuality is basically nil.
Are you half human or half robot?
I'm gonna let that sink in for a sec.
I don't think a multicellular organism reproducing asexually would last too many generations.
I think ferns would disagree with you there as many of them reproduce asexually and they've been around for a few hundred million years. If you mean more complex multicellular organisms like humans I would agree, although robots, or whatever we want to call a hybrid of organic and inorganic technology, would be much different than any existing organism. So different that sexual reproduction would be quite unlikely.