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The swift development of know-how has resulted in an explosion of speculative theories approximately what the way forward for humankind could seem like. those "technological futurisms" have arisen from major advances within the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology and data know-how and are drawing transforming into scrutiny from the philosophical and theological groups. this article seeks to contextualize the becoming literature at the cultural, philosophical and non secular implications of technological development through contemplating technological futurisms similar to transhumanism within the context of the lengthy ancient culture of technological dreaming. Michael Burdett lines the latent non secular resources of our modern technological mind's eye through visionary techniques to know-how and the long run in seminal technological utopias and technology fiction and attracts on previous theological responses to the technological destiny with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Jacques Ellul. Burdett’s argument arrives at a latest Christian reaction to transhumanism established round the subject matters of threat and promise through turning to the works of Richard Kearney, Eberhard Jüngel and Jürgen Moltmann. all through, the writer highlights issues of correspondence and divergence among technological futurisms and the Judeo-Christian knowing of the future.

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Bacon’s Instauratio Magna centres on this new method which would bring a golden age to humanity. Not only are these tables meant to be used for the extraction of genuine natural knowledge about the world, but they were meant to be used for the improvement of humanity in the construction of new technologies. 1, illustrates the anthropological significance Bacon attributed to his work. The two Pillars of Hercules represent the boundary between the known and unknown in the ancient world. The ship depicted represents two things related to the known and the unknown.

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It is often related to our human future in the form of utopia or dystopia but is inclusive of any reflection on the future. The ‘technological’ qualifier signifies that the content of this future and the catalyst is technology. Not all technological futurisms are equal. I do not intend to imply by this term that the technological future posed by Edward Bellamy is the same as that posed by R. Buckminster Fuller; still less that transhumanism conveys a future that is identical with that of the technocrats.

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