Although the development of transhuman technologies has the potential to radically improve the quality of human life, transhumanism risks widening existing socio-economic disparity. A side effect of innovative advance in AI (artificial intelligence) and IA (intelligence amplification) would be a society with a large underclass dominated by a techno-elite. For my analysis, I will draw on Amartya Sen's Capabilities Approach, which focuses on opportunities that make possible an individuals’ capabilities of choosing to pursue their life values and well-being. This article explores how Sen's approach can serve as a foundational framework to critique capitalism-driven technological development and consequent social inequality. It further examines how it can serve as guidance for a democratic and just transhumanist society by necessitating the establishment of social conditions where all persons can flourish.
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