"Transhumanists think that by being generally open and embracing of new technology we have a better chance of turning it to our advantage than if we try to ban or prohibit it."
The notion being "open" and "embracing" this new type of technology sounds great and progressive in nature but it does not leave room for refinement. Does that mean if one is cautious in how robots are being used they are automatically "technophobic?" This is not fair. Just because someone wants to make sure transhuman technology is being regulated does not necessarily mean they are against its ability to progress. As mentioned before, there must be a set of ethical guidelines put in place before this technology gets into the hands of someone with the intent to do harm.
I believe the first step in making sure that prohibitive measures are not being viewed as "technophobic" is to educate the public. For example, the nuclear missile crisis of the 1960's scared a lot of people because it was such an unknown technology. Nuclear power can and should be used but the threat it poses if used in warfare is life-threatening. Even today, the thought of Iraq having possession of nuclear power was enough to bring the U.S. to invade. Therefore, if the public and advances in transhuman technology is kept transparent we can all sleep easily. With this being said another passage from the transhuman doctrine struck me as interesting:
"In planning for the future, it is mandatory to take into account the prospect of dramatic progress in technological capabilities. It would be tragic if the potential benefits failed to materialize because of technophobia and unnecessary prohibitions. On the other hand, it would also be tragic if intelligent life went extinct because of some disaster or war involving advanced technologies."
I suppose the last sentence referring to the threat of losing intelligent life as a result of new technology is exactly what I discussed prior. Unfortunately this only one sentence out of many included in the doctrine that addresses this matter. This issue of malpractice is too big of an issue that if not addressed appropriately in the doctrine may hurt its effectiveness. The next few years of transhuman development should be interesting but the public must take up the responsibility in ensuring that we are protecting ourselves. We should not be labeled as "technophobic" but as concerned citizens.