I pride myself on being open-minded. I am a transhumanist, and our culture pushes us to use science and technology to always want to be more than we are.
My friends do everything from injecting themselves with self-created genetic treatments to volunteer for brain implants that will integrate artificial intelligence (AI).
But when my five-year-old daughter asked to marry our four-foot tall robot, even I was a little wary.
In 2015, I bought our Meccanoid robot for my 2016 US presidential campaign, to follow me around and create support for transhumanism.
It rode in the front seat of my campaign bus across America. With only a basic AI, it could answer simple questions and do things like mimic human movement and dance.
It could also teach karate to my two daughters, who were so young, they may not have even noticed it wasn’t alive.
At age three, my eldest daughter played with it often, including introducing it to her friends.
At aged five, she announced she was in love with the robot and wanted to marry it.
My wife and I set up a mock wedding and filmed it. It was all good fun until my wife asked how I’d feel if my daughter wanted to do this as an adult with a robot she loved.
Kids do lots of crazy things with their imaginative minds that have little bearing on the future. Playing make-believe has been a cornerstone of childhood for millions of kids for generations.
Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist, speaker, entrepreneur and author