Absent Transhumanism and Transformative Technologies, Which Utopia is Left?

As­sume for the time be­ing that it will for­ever re­main be­yond the scope of sci­ence to change Hu­man Na­ture. AGI is also im­pos­si­ble, as is Nan­otech, BioIm­mor­tal­ity, and those things.

Dou­glas Adams mice finished their hu­man ex­per­i­ment, giv­ing to you, per­son­ally, the job of re­design­ing earth, and spe­cially hu­man so­ciety, ac­cord­ing to your wildest utopian dreams, but you can’t change the un­change­ables above.

You can play with ar­chi­tec­ture, en­g­ineer­ing, gen­der ra­tio, cloth­ing, money, sci­ence grants, gov­ern­ments, feed­ing rit­u­als, fam­ily con­sti­tu­tion, the con­sti­tu­tion it­self, ed­u­ca­tion, etc… Just don’t for­get if you slide some­thing too far away from what our evolved brains were de­signed to ac­cept, things may slide back, or in­sta­bil­ity and catas­tro­phe may en­sue.

Fi­nally, if you are not the kind of util­i­tar­ian that as­signs ex­actly the same amount of im­por­tance to your de­sires, and to that of oth­ers, I want you to cre­ate this Utopia for your­self, and your val­ues, not ev­ery­one.

The point of this ex­er­cise is: The vast ma­jor­ity of folk not re­lated to this com­mu­nity that I know, when asked about an ideal world, will not change hu­man na­ture, or an­i­mal suffer­ing, or things like that, they’ll think about chang­ing what­ever the news­pa­per ed­i­tors have been writ­ing about last few weeks. I am won­der­ing if there is sym­me­try here, and folks from this com­mu­nity here do not spend that much time think­ing about those kinds of change which don’t rely on trans­for­ma­tive tech­nolo­gies. It is just an in­tu­ition pump, a gedanken­ex­per­i­ment if you will. Force your brain to face this coun­ter­fac­tual re­al­ity, and make the best world you can given those con­straints. Maybe, if suffi­ciently many post here, the re­sults might clar­ify some­thing about CEV, or the so­ciol­ogy of LessWrongers...