Projects

Tasks awaiting volunteers

Transpolitica invites political thinkers, futurists, and transhumanist supporters from around the world to become involved in one or more of the projects listed below.

By preference, we encourage participation in the projects listed as “high priority”. Note: projects are placed in this category depending on:

  • Feedback from the individual politicians that Transpolitica is seeking to support
  • The views expressed by Transpolitica consultants and researchers
  • Insight gained from reflection on the successes and failures of previous Transpolitica initiatives

Starting in January 2018, Transpolitica project activities are being organised into three-month sprints, with a different set of priorities being established every three months.

Mail discussion group

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.

Volunteering to work on a particular task

For small amounts of work, JFDI. Be bold.

For potential larger amounts of work, start by posting a short proposal on the Transpolitica mailing group. This should help avoid misunderstanding or unnecessary duplication of effort.

Alternatively, send an email to the Transpolitica programme management team.

High priority projects, Q1

Priorities during Jan-Mar 2018

Assist the launch of the book “Transcending Politics”

For more details of the book, see here.

Support is requested for the following tasks:

  • Review the draft content of the book. Make recommendations about any high-impact changes that come to your mind
  • Collect endorsements for inclusion in the book, and to help with publicity
  • Identify the core messages that should be prominent in descriptions of the book
  • Prepare and review slide presentations and videos to draw more attention to the content of the book
  • Find opportunities for Transpolitica consultants to speak about the availability of the book.

Refresh the Transpolitica website

Some of the material on the website is nearly three years old. It is time to reorganise it and update it.

Refresh the Transpolitica content on H+Pedia

The primary purpose of H+Pedia is to spread accurate, accessible, non-sensational information about transhumanism and futurism among the general public.

The Transpolitica angle for H+Pedia is to develop, as part of H+Pedia, a curated resource library of material that supports Transpolitica policies.

Changes are particularly needed so that H+Pedia articles better reflect the analysis developed in the book “Transcending Politics”.

Review the Transpolitica project backlog

The Transpolitica project backlog (listed below) awaits reconsideration, to identify the tasks that deserve to be raised as higher priorities in the near future.

Project backlog

The following potential projects are ideas for future work, but are currently not viewed as top priorities. In a number of cases, some work has already taken place, but has stalled or been superseded by other activities.

  • Adopt new rules for the use of Transpolitica social media resources, e.g. the group on Facebook
  • Pick some features of collabnet technology for Transpolitica to trial
  • Retire some of the tools that were trialled in the past for Transpolitica collaboration, but which did not prove to be useful
  • Prepare a response to the UK’s Psychoactive Substances Act
  • Review the concept of “Killer apps” for Transpolitica
  • How should Transpolitica respond to the proposed agreement by scientists not to modify the DNA of human reproductive cells?
  • Should Transpolitica have supported the Saatchi Bill for “Responsible Medical Innovation?” See here for a contrary viewpoint
  • Formulate an answer the question “What does Transpolitica think about the Leveson review of the culture and ethics of the British media?”
  • Create a white paper explaining to politicians the concept of the longevity dividend
    • Document in process here
  • Provide more details of a roadmap towards implementation of Universal Basic Income (or similar social contract)
    • Document in process here
  • Clarify the ways in which online activism can have the biggest positive effect (rather than simply being so-called “slacktivism“)
  • Develop “sound bites” and memes that could become viral, supporting Transpolitica policies
  • Create engaging videos about Transpolitica
  • Suggest improvements to the Transpolitica Manifesto
  • Suggest improvements to the Transpolitica FAQ
  • Build bridges between Transpolitica and organizations that could potentially be important partners
  • Prepare assessments of the published manifestos of existing political parties, as compared to the Transpolitica policies
  • Identify electoral candidates from existing political parties who appear likely to be sympathetic to Transpolitica policies, ahead of finding projects with common cause
  • Identify sympathetic journalists, and deepen relations with them
  • Establish a programme management system that helps coordinate volunteers and tasks.

 

Recent Posts

Q4 update: Progress towards “Sustainable superabundance”

TAM TOC graphic 2

Over the last few months, the “abundance manifesto” book has been coming into shape.

Thanks to many useful discussions with supporters of the Transpolitica vision, the book now bears the title “Sustainable Superabundance: A universal transhumanist manifesto for the 2020s and beyond. The basic framework has evolved through many iterations.

The goal remains that the book will be short (less than 100 pages), easy to read, and contain compelling calls-to-action.

Of the twelve chapter in the book, seven are essentially complete, and the other five are at various stages of preparation.

This list contains links to copies of the chapters that are essentially complete, along with placeholders for links to the remaining chapters:

  1. Advance!
  2. Superabundance ahead
  3. Beyond technology
  4. Principles and priorities
  5. Abundant energy
  6. Abundant food
  7. Abundant materials
  8. Abundant health
  9. Abundant intelligence
  10. Abundant creativity
  11. Abundant democracy
  12. Engage?

For convenience, a more detailed table of contents for the first seven chapters is appended below.

Feedback

Supporters of Transpolitica are invited to read through any parts of this material that catch their attention.

The best way to make comments on the content is via this shared Google document.

Once the book nears publication, a number of existing websites and communities will be restructured, to more usefully coordinate positive concrete action to accelerate the advent of sustainable superabundance.

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Detailed table of contents

  1. Advance!
    • Time for action
  2. Superabundance ahead
    • An abundance of energy
    • An abundance of food and water
    • An abundance of material goods
    • An abundance of health and longevity
    • An abundance of all-round intelligence
    • An abundance of creativity and exploration
    • An abundance of collaboration and democracy
    • Time for action
  3. Beyond technology
    • Beyond present-day politics
    • Beyond present-day democracy
    • Beyond lowest common denominator voting
    • Beyond right and left
    • Beyond the free market
    • Beyond corporate financing
    • Beyond predetermined exponentials
  4. Principles and priorities
    • Nine core principles
    • Technocracy
    • Science
    • Transhumanism
    • Religion
    • Singularity
    • Exponential urgency
    • Technological determinism
    • Techno-optimism
    • Precaution and proaction
    • Diversity and inequality
    • Diversity accelerating
    • Coexistence
    • Human-like minds
    • Re-engineering natural ecosystems
    • Beyond hubris
    • Taking back control
  5. Abundant energy
    • Anticipating climate chaos
    • Taking climate seriously
    • Technology is not enough
    • Steering short-term financials
    • A battle of ideas
    • Beyond greenwash
    • A role for nuclear energy
    • A role for geoengineering
    • A wider view of environmental issues
  6. Abundant food
    • Population, onward and upward?
    • The legacy of Malthus
    • Necessity and innovation
    • In praise of biochemical innovation
    • More waves of innovation ahead
    • Towards feeding one hundred billion people
    • Risks posed by biochemical innovation
    • The move from harm to ruin
    • Rapid response
    • Beyond the profit motive
  7. Abundant materials
    • Approaching nanotechnology
    • Tools that improve tools
    • Waves and transitions
    • The fabrication of integrated circuits
    • 3D and 4D printing
    • New materials
    • Quantum computing
    • Nanomedicine
    • Six answers to scarcity
    • Risks posed by nanotechnology
    • Beyond the profit motive

 

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