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The goals of Transpolitica are to:

  • Enable society to transcend the limitations and constraints of today’s political models
  • Anticipate the better political practices of an envisaged transhuman future
  • Advocate the practical policies that will advance that future
  • Engage people at all levels of politics and society around the world, to support and implement these policies
  • Support transhumanists within political parties of all shapes and stripes

H+ and P+

Transhumanism (H+) is a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase. [Quoted from the Transhumanist FAQ]

As the philosopher Max More stated in 1990:

Transhumanism is a class of philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values.

In short, transhumanism anticipates tomorrow’s humanity:

  • Envisaging the positive qualities and characteristics of future intelligent life
  • Taking steps towards achieving these qualities and characteristics
  • Identifying and managing risks of negative characteristics of future intelligent life.

Similarly, Transpolitica (P+) anticipates tomorrow’s politics:

  • Envisaging the positive qualities and characteristics of future social structures
  • Taking steps towards achieving these qualities and characteristics
  • Identifying and managing risks of negative characteristics of future social structures.

 

 

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Transpolitica 2016 – Schedule

The draft schedule for the one-day conference “Transpolitica 2016” – taking place in Central London on Saturday 3rd December – is as follows:

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09.15: Doors open

We’ll be in room B34, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B34 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

To register in advance for this event, see this meetup page. To avoid over-crowding, no tickets will be available on the door.

Note: Tickets for Transpolitica 2016 cost £20, but are available until 1st October at the early-bird discounted price of £12. (The entrance fee has been chosen so as to cover the costs of room hire, refreshments, and AV and IT expenditure.)

Attendance will be restricted to 180 attendees (plus presenters, organisers, and press).

09.45: Chair’s opening remarks

David Wood, Executive Director, Transpolitica: “What prospects for better politics?”

10.00-12:00: Regulations, health, and transformation

Alex Flamant, Notion Capital: “Accelerating the regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles”

Anna Harrington Morozova, Scientific and Regulatory Director, REGEM Consulting: “Opportunities for changes in governance of biomedical innovations: choosing your battles”

Didier Coeurnelle, Co-president of Heales, “Making longevity politically mainstream, or die trying”

Alex Pearlman, Science Journalist, Kings College London: “The political future of genetic enhancements”

José Cordeiro, Founding Energy Advisor/Faculty, Singularity University: “Practical and legal steps towards European cryonics”

12.00: Break for lunch and networking (lunch is not supplied)

This Google Map lists selected restaurants and coffee shops that are within around 10 minutes walk from the conference venue – providing a wide choice of options for lunch.

13:00: Tea and coffee available, for post-lunch networking

Light refreshments will be available in a room to-be-announced.

13:30-15:00: Politics, tools, and transformation

Timothy Barnes, Founder and Senior Deity, The Rain Gods: “Bringing digital disruption to government”

Kathryn Corrick, COO Represent.me, “Updating democracy”

Toni Cowan-Brown, VP European Business Development, NationBuilder: “Software for better political campaigns”

James Smith, Party Leader, Something New: “Building the world’s first open-source political manifesto”

Jason Blackstock, Head of Department, UCL STEaPP, “Practical steps towards better public decision-making”

15:00: Break for tea/coffee networking

Light refreshments will be available in a room to-be-announced.

15.30-17.30: Society, data, and transformation

Nadja Muller-den Blijker, Co-Active Coach, Bell Noma: “Turning the tide – how to turn the mass influx of refugees to Europe into an opportunity”

Alexander Karran, Senior Researcher, Transpolitica: “Surveillance capitalism: making big data work for all”

Tony Czarnecki, Managing Partner, Sustensis: “From long-term sustainable growth to the economy of abundance”

Dean Bubley, Founder, Disruptive Analysis: “Technological Unemployment? We can work through it”

Chris Monteiro, Principal contributor, H+Pedia: “Perceptions and projections of futurist political scenarios”

17.30: Room empty

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub – The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Online discussion

In the spirit of embracing technology to improve collaboration, Transpolitica 2016 will be trialling a tool for online communication during the event. This tool will be used to identify the questions that the audience, as a whole, prioritise as most deserving responses from speakers.

The tool can be accessed using either a cellular (3G/4G) connection or via wifi.

Wifi details for attendees at this event are as follows:

Wireless network: BBK-Guest
Username: Londonfuturists2
Password: bbP7jW
(This access code is operational only from 09.00-17.30 on 3rd December.)

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