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About the Transhumanist Party

(The following information is from http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/transhumanist_party_membership_open)

th party logoThe Transhumanist Party is a new political organisation in the UK, part of a network of similar groups around the world, committed to positive social change through technology. Transhumanism is the idea that we must improve ourselves and society using the most effective tools available – to go beyond what we have been, in order to overcome the world’s problems and create a better future.

The Transhumanist Party will work toward that vision by building an organisation which not only pursues innovative policy, but also strives to become an example of new approaches to problem solving and decision making. For example, Party policy is developed by the membership, rather than by the leadership. In other words, membership means actually having the chance to make and vote for policy, and to influence the party’s development. It also means being a part of something historically significant: A new party dedicated to bringing politics into the 21st Century.

You can see a copy of the Transhumanist Party Principles below. Anyone who agrees with them and who is legally eligible to join a UK political party can do so via the button above. If you are not eligible to join this or any UK political party as a full member, you can still join as a non-voting supporter.

We are still in the earliest stages of setting up the party, and in the next few weeks will be deciding whether we yet have enough support to send out 20,000 leaflets about Transhumanist ideas, in support of an independent electoral candidate. If enough people join now that’s exactly what we’ll do, so there is a small slice of history in your hands. You can help make this happen. Join us!

Transhumanist Party Principles

1. Evidence, Science, and Technology

All policy will as far as possible be evidence-based rather than ideology-based. The Party shall support and advocate science and technology, and exists to improve the human and societal condition through the use of technological tools. TP shall strive to create and implement technologies including but not limited to anti-aging, rejuvenation medical technology, a policy of making people “Better Than Well” if they want, artificial and augmented intelligence, and other augmentations of human capabilities.

2. Bright Green

TP shall use all means to work toward the abolition of unnecessary and involuntary suffering across society and throughout nature where appropriate, with particular emphasis on reforming and encouraging responsible practice in economic enterprises such as farming. The Party is deemed to be Bright Green in the sense of advocating the use of high technology to minimise, and where possible reverse, the negative impact of humanity on the life of earth.

3. Personal Freedom, Social Justice

TP advocates liberal social policy whereby all acts between mentally competent consenting adult citizens are legal. Furthermore, any mentally competent adult citizen may do to themselves as they will. These freedoms apply insofar as there is no identifiable victim and no extra-personal law broken. We advocate these freedoms in the context of strong social support for society’s weakest members, and base policy on the principle “Nobody Deserted”. All citizens shall have a right to sustenance, clothing, shelter, energy, healthcare, transport, education, and access to information resources. TP also advocates that all citizens must be able to contribute to society, in their own fashion, without blemish to their dignity or sense of self worth. Where the combination of personal freedoms and a right to guaranteed support would be untenable, then citizens exercising those freedoms may forego social support.

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A reliability index for politicians?

Reliability calcuator

Imagine there’s a reliability index (R) for what a politician says.

An R value of 100 would mean that a politician has an excellent track record: there is no evidence of them having said anything false.

An R value of 0 would mean that nothing they said can be trusted.

Imagine that R values are updated regularly, and are published in real-time by a process that is transparent, pulling together diverse sets of data from multiple spheres of discourse, using criteria agreed by people from all sides of politics.

Then, next time we hear a politician passing on some claim – some statistic about past spending, about economic performance, about homelessness, about their voting record, or about what they have previously said – we could use their current R value as a guide to whether to take the claim seriously.

Ideally, R values would also be calculated for political commentators too.

My view is that truth matters. A world where lies win, and where politicians are expected to bend the truth on regular occasions, is a world in which we are all worse off. Much worse off.

Far better is a world where politicians no longer manufacture or pass on claims, just because these claims cause consternation to their opponents, sow confusion, and distract attention. Far better if any time a politician did such a thing, their R value would visibly drop. Far better if politicians cared much more than at present about always telling the truth.

Some comparisons

R values would play roles broadly similar to what already happens with credit scores. If someone is known to be a bad credit risk, there should be more barriers for them to receive financial loans.

Another comparison is with the “page rank” idea at the heart of online searches. The pages that have incoming links from other pages that are already believed to be important, grow in importance in turn.

Consider also the Klout score, which is (sometimes) used as the measure of influence of social media users or brands.

Some questions

Evidently, many questions arise. Would a reliability index be possible? Is the reliability of a politician’s statements a single quantity, or should it vary from subject to subject? How should the influence of older statements decline over time? How could the index avoid being gamed? How should satire be accommodated?

Then there are questions not just over practicality but also over desirability. Will the reliability index result in better politics, or a worse politics? Would it impede honest conversation, or usher in new types of implicit censorship? Would the “cure” be worse than the “disease”?

Next steps

My view is that a good reliability index will be hard to achieve, but it’s by no means impossible. It will require clarity of thinking, an amalgamation of insights from multiple perspectives, and a great deal of focus and diligence. It will presumably need to evolve over time, from simpler beginnings into a more rounded calculation. That’s a project we should all be willing to get behind.

The reliability index will need to be created outside of any commercial framework. It deserves to be funded by public funds in a non-political way, akin to the operation of judges and juries. It will need to be resistant to howls of outrage from those politicians (and journalists) whose R values plummet on account of exposure of their untruths and distortions.

If done well, I believe the reliability index would soon have a positive impact upon political discourse. It will help ensure discussions are objective and open-minded, rather than being dominated by loud, powerful voices. It’s part of what I see as the better politics that is possible in the not-so-distant future.

There’s a lot more to say about the topic, but for now, I’ll finish with just one more question. Has such a proposal been pursued before?

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