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The last battle for equal rights won't be for racial equality;
It won't be for gender equality;
Not for sexual or gender orientation;
It will be a battle between two species:
Humans and Transhumans.

Unlike the other battles for equality, this one will be more than figurative;
It will take a great expense of blood
And in all likelihood result in the eventual extinction of the human race.

That's how dominant species function,
As one rises the other must logically fall
Transhumans will be smarter, stronger, and more capable than humans
Humans will eventually stop being the masters of their own planet
Transhumans will take the jobs of the elites, and outperform their human counterparts
Humans will respond, violently as usual
But they will loose.

What may start as a quest for equality for by both
Will end with the extinction of one.
I think I've invented a new label: Transhuman Supremacist. I guess I'm kinda like Magneto in that sense, except I'll never advocate for the destruction of mankind... I just don't see how it can be avoided
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
...How cliche of you. And alarmist.
Seriously, you say this like it's inevitable; that "transhumanism" (which you automatically assume will lead to sci-fi "enhancements", going back to my "cliched" part) and that those of us who don't get said enhancements will be exterminated.

Because "humans are violent". 
Misanthropic much?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, I honestly forgot about this piece. This was back in my "The Singularity is Nigh!" phase. These days I consider the singularity to be faith for nerds, and I treat it with the same grain of salt as I do all other forms of faith. I maintain that humans are violent, and human augmentation is something society will have to deal with. I also still believe that society will most likely deal with it violently, because humans are violent and often respond to major changes with hostility. I don't believe it will result in any kind of war or genocide, at least not anymore. Like all social movements, one centered around augmented humans will gradually drift toward integration within the rest of society.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Good to see you've matured a bit....and I only now realize how old this piece is. ^^;
Whoops.
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Born-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can tell you which side I would be on; the transhumans, even if I wasn't one myself, because I would want to be one of them.
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lordpatthethird Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student General Artist
In this scenario, are do the baseline humsn remain that way due to economic factors or out of some sense of "moral" obligation.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moral bullshit.
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BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Interesting concept, but what exactly do you mean by "Transhumans"? Do you mean cyborg-type people with robotics and all that, or fusing our DNA with other creatures?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cybernetic and Genetic augmentations.
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BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Oh okay.
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LightParabol Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I agree!
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What's to even say that transhumans (or, even further, posthumans) will be a separate species? As long as mankind exists, it will always fight over something so trivial.
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LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
i like your short idea. i think its inevitable. i am transhumanist too. Good quotes from WH40k:

"Everything organic we know of is simply machinery, in one form or another. Tendons replace pistons; flesh in the place of steel; blood is simply biological coolant. To deny this and shun it is more than just Mechanicus orthodoxy – it is idiocy."
- Attributed to an unknown Genetor

"You may say, it is impossible for a man to become like the Machine. And I would reply, that only the smallest mind strives to comprehend its limits."
- Fabricator General Kane
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Fuiron Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
It is extremely unlikely that a superhuman advancement will come about within the next decade. That said, I doubt people will see themselves as trans-human when they gain the improvements we think of as defining of the term. The advancements, as with any technology, will creep in at such a speed as to make the transition invisible. We do not think ourselves gods, though the ancient Greeks would disagree. We do not consider ourselves magicians, though the factory workers of the Industrial Revoution would see us that way. We do not even see ourselves as superhuman today, though our abilities, thanks to the personal computer, have advanced considerably from the 1970s. The same will be true for whatever comes next--the products will flood the market, and everyone will be more or less on the same footing (we do not think less of the fellow in Egypt who has a last generation's cellphone, even if we do laugh if his neighbor still believes the Earth stands still in the void of space). At worst, the high middle class and a few rich folks will have the best toys for a while, and have a headstart on us proles (we will likely develop improvements to the human body before Moore's Law hiccups, leading to lower costs as time goes on...).

PS: The military will likely apply anything useful to their own tech, and thus test dangerous things before they hit the market. Therefore, you're unlikely to end up with the Borg taking over, much less a mutant revolution.
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TheDreamSmiths Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I couldn't have put it more nicely.
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AvroArrow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Although this can be complete off, this totally reminds me of the concept within the Gundam Seed or Gundam UC series of anime; in which humans through genetic research or through progress to space have continually fights with "base" humans. Personal I find the series distasteful and preteen but the concepts within it are valid, and a very likely.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Except that they imply that its a fair fight. It wouldn't be, if genetic engineering happens for a long enough time for there to be an equal number of humans to transhumans, the war would be over before it could begin; it would only be fair if there were a ration of transhumans to humans that was like 1:1000
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Mattystereo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
I don't see the death of our species here. It seems to me that the rise of genetic modification and enhancement would be similar to the rise of machinery and consumer electronics. The rich will have them, but won't be able to horde them for long due to the sheer profitability of alteration once it becomes "cheap". Eventually the majority will embrace it and some groups that won't will be like the Amish of now. Humanish if you will. They won't try to destroy the transhumance just like the Amish won't try to churn us to death. They know it would be futile.

That's just my 2 cents.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Humans are violent creatures, and as we have seen from Neanderthal fossils, when two different hominids encounter each other, one usually tries to kill the other.
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not quite. Neanderthals died off because of self-cannibalism during the last ice age.
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Mattystereo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
The only problem is that we wouldn't be encountering them, we would BE them. That changes the dynamic entirely. Not saying that a couple of boneheads wouldn't try and start a fight (22nd century neo-ludites anyone?).

Chances are though that if engineering reaches a point where anyone can have them it will probably be like modern electronics. It becomes so ingrained that the idea to fight it is non-existent. Sure every once in a while someone will write a work decrying the "fall of true humanity" like some do now with their "warning about hyper connectivity" but most will ignore them and go back to thinking about what enhancement to get next.

The "true humans" if there are any left will probably live In separate communities of their own choosing like the Amish. Someone might blow up a GE facility every now and again but they will be labelled radicals even by the "True Humans".

That's my medium case scenario. Humans of the future will be able to work out like you just did that they won't stand a chance. Hell, someone in a "true human" community might even quote you to make the point that they'd lose.
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Neethis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Why would Transhumans such as these be created, exactly?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Created? They would choose to become more than human. Robotic and genetic augmentations throughout the course of their lives would lead to their emergence, their children would only inherit the genetic augmentations.
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Neethis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Ah, magic :D
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing magical about it, but then again there was a time where the internet or flight was considered nothing more than fantasy too.
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SpartanNinja141 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
But transhumans are still, in essence, humans, they're just an improvement on an old design. It's a step forward, it's progress, it's evolution. Man will still exist, only he (and she) shall be in an altered form.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really. True human+robot parts = cyborg, which is technically a human, though there has been some argument for what would define them as a separate species, but Genetically modified humans would eventually be incapable of interbreeding with homosapiens, and that is the very definition of speciation.
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SpartanNinja141 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
That's why I said it's evolution. Neandrathals and Cro Magnons were different species, but they were both humans.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, sorta. Cromagnons were early modern humans, but Neanderthals are a subspecies, they split from the line of evolution that led to us.
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SpartanNinja141 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
But there were the many other species that finally evolved into homo sapiens because there was room to iprove. There still is, and that's where the transhumans will fall.
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know about you, but the fossil record says otherwise. Cro magnon is the immediate predecessor to modern humans, with some European lines being a little muddied with neanderthal. Of the twelve human species that existed however, modern humans only came from one line, and only through adapting to a changing world (one that's even gone so far as to try to kill it off, one supereruption and glacial period later). Improvement is a performance-based abstraction, and it's is not the word to be using when describing that kind of evolution.

The only time transhumans would fall into the evolutionary tree would be when their augmentations enable them to survive in a particular environment and have a distinct genetic code.
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SpartanNinja141 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I'm sorry, I guess I wasn't clear. I didn't mean that many evolved into one, but crossbred into one.

I'm not going to refute this point because this is based on opinion and speculation.
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Understandable.
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drivanmoffitt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Work YNot I liked it
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FurionMatsuya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Would a transhuman be born or could a transhuman also be created by doing work on an existing human or is that impossible. either way the optimist in me also fears this may happen but hopefully it won't
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first ones will most likely be humans who modified their existing bodies, though it is equally likely that genetically engineered children could show up first as well.
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JeffersonAirship Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I wouldn't worry about it. Really, by the time the environmental apocalypse rolls around, we'll probably be dead before any uprising occurs.
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rosutu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
This depends, of course, on transhumans actually coming about.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should see the first ones in the next twenty years, if the rate of genetic research and robotic development continues.
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rosutu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I'll take your word for it.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
That's part of the deal. The moment it enters "end of history" triumphalism, then it's no stretch of the imagination to enter Magneto territory.
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