Partners

Organisations

Partners (and potential partners) of Transpolitica include:

  • Individual Transhumanist Parties
    • People without any exclusive ties to existing political parties are urged to contact the Transhumanist Party in their own country (or if none yet exists there, to consider setting one up) to offer their support.
  • The Transhumanist Party Global
    • The Transhumanist Party (Global) or TPG is an organisation dedicated to supporting Transhumanist Parties around the world, and encouraging effective communication and cooperation between them. TPG does not hold any dominion over the national-level Transhumanist Parties, which manage their own affairs, but only exists to help them do so in a spirit of effective cooperation with the rest of the movement.
  • London Futurists
    • The mission of London Futurists is “Serious analysis of radical scenarios for the next 3-40 years”. London Futurist meetings and projects explore both the potential upsides, and the potential downsides, of these scenarios.
  • The IEET
    • The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) is a nonprofit think tank which promotes ideas about how technological progress can increase freedom, happiness, and human flourishing in democratic societies. The IEET believes that technological progress can be a catalyst for positive human development so long as we ensure that technologies are safe and equitably distributed. The IEET calls this a “technoprogressive” orientation. Focusing on emerging technologies that have the potential to positively transform social conditions and the quality of human lives – especially “human enhancement technologies” – the IEET seeks to cultivate academic, professional, and popular understanding of their implications, both positive and negative, and to encourage responsible public policies for their safe and equitable use.
  • Humanity+
    • Humanity+ is an international nonprofit membership organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. In other words, Humanity+ wants people to be better than well. Humanity+ is dedicated to elevating the human condition. Humanity+ aims to deeply influence a new generation of thinkers who dare to envision humanity’s next steps.
  • The ISF
    • The Institute for Social Futurism (ISF) works toward propagation and development of the Social Futurist idea, which is defined as a worldview which combines social justice concerns with the radical transformative potential of modern technology. The ISF also studies financial and economic matters, with a specific focus on post-scarcity. This includes examination of cryptocurrencies, post-monetary economies, resource management issues, Basic Income systems, Land Value Tax proposals, critiques of Fractional Reserve Banking etc. These investigations form the basis of the emerging philosophy of Social Futurism.

[ Partnership details to be clarified and confirmed ]

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Q2 sprint: Political responses to technological unemployment

Technological Unemployment v2

Q1 recap

Before sharing some details about Transpolitica focus during Q2 2018, here’s a quick update on Transpolitica activities during Q1 2018.

Transpolitica has made good progress during Q1 with goals identified at the start of this period:

Priority project for Q2

As Q2 approaches, it’s now time to put into motion the first of a series of time-limited projects to dive more deeply into some of the specific key themes of a better politics.

Each such project will involve gathering, developing, reviewing, and then disseminating the best technoprogressive thinking on a given topic.

The first project in the series is “Political responses to technological unemployment”, carried out over three phases:

  1. Up to end of April 2018: mainly writing and collecting submissions – framing analyses, thought pieces, policy recommendations, etc
  2. Up to end of May 2018: more focus on group deliberation – where are the weak points and the strong points of our collective understanding, and how can we improve our understanding
  3. Up to end of June 2018: more focus on communicating our findings and recommendations, via publications, memes, slogans, videos, etc

Note that I am using the phrase “technological unemployment” to also include “technological under-employment” and “precarious employment”. (A better choice of words could be one outcome from the project.)

Starting points for this project (to avoid people re-inventing the wheel) include:

Depending on progress, possible outcomes of the project might include a PDF research pamphlet, a video, an improved set of pages on H+Pedia, a press release, a set of slides, and/or a public event (such as a meeting of London Futurists in June and the Humanity+ Beijing event in July).

Questions that need addressing

Key to the success of the project will be the identification of the areas most in need of better understanding. These are the “major uncertainties” where we should prioritise our focus.

For the moment, it seems to me that these areas include:

  1. Potential transition mechanisms from where society is today, to a new social contract in which a citizen’s income (to give one example) is in place
  2. Possible alternatives to a citizen’s income
  3. Strengths and weaknesses of various forecasts of scenarios for the development of technological unemployment
  4. The pros and cons of various ways of raising money to pay for a citizen’s income
  5. The possible role of decentralised technologies such as blockchain in the administration of a citizen’s income
  6. The possibility of an “Apollo scale” project to drive down the costs of all goods and services needed for a prosperous lifestyle
  7. International and trans-border considerations

If you think you know at least part of the answers to the above questions – or if you think there are more important questions to be addressing – please do become involved.

To become more involved in this project

The mailing group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/transpolitica exists to to coordinate planning and execution of Transpolitica projects. To join the group, visit this page, and send a subscription request.

(There’s also a Transpolitica group on Facebook, but with a potential impending mass exodus from Facebook, it’s more important than before to use other means for project coordination.)

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