Dr. Ben Goertzel is a both a young pioneer and modern legend in AI, robotics, and transhumanism (site). He is the kind of down-to-earth-yet-occasionally-overly-optimistic cultstar scientist who is in fact making every effort to actually design humanity’s future.
A strongly recommended read, but to be fair, this piece is definitely geared more toward those with more than a passing interest in cultural & technology, AI, and robotics. That being said, however, if you’re really interested in the words of a man who is seriously considering what it means to be human after we begin designing ourselves, then you MUST READ!!