Killer apps

Potential killer apps

A “killer app” is a feature of a platform which makes people become a supporter of that platform. A killer app for transhumanist politics might be an initiative which will cause members of the general public to think something like the following, when they come across it:

  • This is a fascinating app / piece of work / set of ideas
  • I’d love to support it / become part of it
  • What lies behind this initiative?… ah, people who call themselves transhumanists
  • Wow, I’m so glad I found out about this. It’s even bigger and better than I first thought

Possible initiatives include:

  1. Highlight the economic benefits of a longevity dividend
  2. Become the champions of a version of UBI that can gain broad support
  3. Fast-trackable changes in regulations for the approval of new drugs and treatments
  4. Identify faster transition paths to new non-greenhouse energy technologies
  5. Better tools for democratic decision-making
  6. Radical improvements to our IP laws
  7. Easier access to biohacking
  8. Promote smart drugs that actually work
  9. A more sustainable (less volatile) cryptocurrency
  10. Phased introduction of blockchain technologies (e.g. to improve decentralisation)
  11. Build support for a space exploration (asteroid-mining) industry
  12. Accelerate development and adoption of healthy synthetic meal replacements
  13. Highlight pathways towards large-scale adoption of cryonics
  14. New ideas in the development of a land-value tax

If anyone is interested in creating or contributing to one of these projects, please follow the advice on the Projects page.

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Q3 sprint: launch the Abundance Manifesto

I’m writing to share early news of a planned pivot involving Transpolitica and/or the Transhumanist Party UK.

This pivot will taken place over the next few months. Progressing this pivot is the goal of the forthcoming Q3 sprint for Transpolitica.

The pivot is to place more focus on one particular idea: clarifying the forthcoming era of sustainable abundance. This will happen via the vehicle of a new document – a new manifesto – which (all being well) will be published as a short new book some time later this year.

I’ve been led to this change by reflecting on a number of developments over the last few months, including discussions at last Saturday’s London Futurists conference on Universal Basic Income and/or Alternatives. Another factor influencing my thinking is the responses to my book Transcending Politics. Whilst I’m pleased at the content of that book, I can see that many readers would prefer a simpler introduction to the subject.

Hence the new document, which bears the working title The Transhumanist Abundance Manifesto.

It is presently mainly text, but the idea is that it will contain graphics as well.

As you’ll see, the document contains a call-to-action. If you’re able to help improve the document – particularly the FAQ section at the end (which I envision will grow to at least one hundred questions over the next few weeks), please add your comments and suggestions in this Google doc.

The Manifesto is split into three parts:

  1. An opening invitation, “Advance!” (roughly one page of A4)
  2. Sections explaining “Abundance awaits” (roughly three pages of A4)
  3. FAQ (to form an extended appendix to the previous sections).

For ease of viewing, here’s a current snapshot of the first two sections.

The cosmos beckons

(Picture source: Genty on Pixabay.)

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