Towards a Technoprogressive New Deal

Supporters and friends of the Transhumanist Party UK who are in or near London on Thursday 5th March are invited to join an event, "Towards a Technoprogressive New Deal".

This will be taking place at Newspeak House from 6.30pm onwards. The event is jointly hosted by London Futurists.

The Technoprogressive New Deal (TND) builds on various ideas known as "Green New Deals" by additionally emphasising the possibility and desirability of greater liberation from the constraints of what is known as "human nature". In this way, the TND draws on insights from the worldwide transhumanist and technoprogressive communities about the radical potential of emerging technologies.

The TND is a work in progress. This event is a chance to shape and improve this initiative, at a time when most political discussion is being blindsided by the accelerating pace of technological innovation.

Read on for more details of the event.

In this event, David Wood, Co-founder of the Transhumanist Party UK, will review and raise questions about seven sectors of the TND. In each case, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and raise suggestions:

A: A technoprogressive scorecard

What metrics should be put in place as a replacement for the GDP index as the guiding light for evaluating the success of the economy?

Rather than focusing on increasing the financial value of goods produced and consumed, the envisioned new “technoprogressive scorecard” would better measure the basis for all-round human flourishing:

  • It would fully incorporate factors known as “externalities”, that is the impacts of economic activities which are presently excluded from valuation (bearing in mind that externalities can be both positive and negative)
  • It can learn from the successes and failures of various “happiness index” and “wellbeing index” metrics that have already been trialled around the world

B: A technoprogressive social contract

How should society be structured for a world in which many fewer people earn money by working? What preparations are needed as we move towards a "post work society"?

Questions arising:

  • What roles should be played by UBI (unconditional payments) vs. payments with conditions attached vs. UBS (basic services supplied for free)
  • How will the funds that are redistributed to citizens be raised? New taxes, existing taxes, dividends, printing more money, or what?
  • How can people who will bear an additional tax burden, to support greater redistribution of funds, be persuaded that these taxes are actually in their own best interest too?
  • How will people likely find meaning and purpose in a post work society?

C: A technoprogressive regulatory framework

How should Big Tech be constrained and regulated? And what regulations should govern individual freedom of choice regarding new drugs, therapies, and treatments?

Questions arising:

  • How can regulators keep up with the fast pace of accelerating technology?
  • How can regulators avoid being “captured” by incumbent vested interests?
  • What is the role of technology to assist regulation?
  • What are the implications of “third party externalities” of individual experimentation?
  • In which circumstances should a precautionary principle trump a proactionary one?

D: The technoprogressive dividend

The longevity dividend is the principle that:

  • Investment in measures to significantly extend healthspan will have strong overall economic benefits as well as strong humanitarian benefits.

The technoprogressive dividend extends the idea of the longevity dividend as follows:

  • Investment in measures to address inherited flaws in human nature (body, mind, spirit, and social relations) will have strong overall economic benefits as well as strong humanitarian benefits.

In both cases, a number of questions arise:

  • How to ensure that the investments benefit all citizens, rather than just the rich?
  • What are the specific roles of public vs. private investment?
  • What principles can distinguish the investments that most deserve support?

E: Technoprogressive approaches to environmental crises

Green technologies offer considerable promise to address environmental risks. However, major questions remain:

  • How can the pace of improvement of green technology be accelerated?
  • How can the public transcend emotion-laden arguments that are fear-based or tribe-based (regarding matters such as GMOs, nuclear power, and carbon taxes)?
  • What should be the relative roles of decentralised tech vs. centralised tech?
  • Should we hold out hope for novel “leapfrog” solutions based on combinations of new AI, nanotech improvements, blockchain, nuclear fusion, etc?

F: Technoprogressive approaches to international conflict

As technology raises worrying new possibilities for warfare and terrorism, how can technology be used in parallel to help establish greater peace and safety?

Questions arising:

  • The risks and opportunities of LAWS (lethal autonomous weapons systems)
  • The future of cyberhacking
  • The benefits (and perils) of “trustable monitoring”
  • The evolution of the United Nations and other bodies of international cooperation

G: Technoprogressive fundamentals

Is it time to update the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to take fully into account the remarkable transformational capabilities of new technologies?

How should decisions be made, regarding which parts of human nature should be cherished and protected at all costs, which should be enhanced, and which should be overcome (transcended)?

What limits should be imposed on supporting diversity? Which kinds of cultural variation should be welcomed and encouraged, and which should be opposed or forbidden?

How far should the circle of compassion and care extend beyond humans?

Should priority be placed on reforming and improving politics? Or somewhere else?

Meeting Logistics

We'll be in the Great Hall on the ground floor of Newspeak House, which is also known as the London College of Political Technologists. The address is 135 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG. See https://www.nwspk.com/.

Please arrive in time to be seated for the start of the presentation at 6.30pm.

The meeting is free to attend, but numbers will be restricted, so please RSVP in advance.

No refreshments will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own.

Further reading

The ideas in the Technoprogressive New Deal develop key themes from RAFT 2035: Roadmap to Abundance, Flourishing, and Transcendence, by 2035. Follow the link to explore RAFT further.

Envisioned next steps

We'll be following up the event with a number of online and offline activities, to develop the most fruitful lines of activity that emerge from the Newspeak House discussion.

To be kept in touch, follow the links on the Party website to update your preferences.