Humanity+ and the Transhumanist Declaration
Transhumanism strives to embrace the fullest potential of scientific and technological advancement to improve the human condition while responsibly addressing the attendant risks. The Transhumanist Declaration lays out these goals and priorities.
The Transhumanist Declaration
The Transhumanist Declaration was first drafted by a small group of committed visionaries in 1988, and later adopted by the World Transhumanist Association (now called Humanity+). It lays the foundation for a vision of Transhumanism that is widely accepted by transhumanists today, enumerating both goals to strive for and practices to achieve them.
- A commitment to use science and technology to expand human potential and curtail the effects of old age and other forms of human suffering.
- A belief that humanity’s potential is still largely unrealized.
- A conscious awareness that not all change is progress and that technological power can also be misapplied or even abused.
- A commitment to carefully researching, understanding, and collaboratively deliberating over these potential risks.
- Mitigation of existential risks and the need to improve human foresight and wisdom.
- The importance of policy-making approaches that embrace human autonomy and human diversity.
- A commitment to the well-being of all sentient beings everywhere, including non-human intelligence.
- The importance of personal choice and individual freedom in efforts to broaden human potential and minimize suffering.
We invite you to read the full text of the Transhumanist Declaration.
Questions for Discussion
- What are the purposes and goals of the Transhumanist Declaration?
- What do the goals of Transhumanism have in common with Mormon visions of an exalted humanity?
- Why is individual agency so important in the pursuit of these goals? Why is it central to both Mormonism and Transhumanism?
- What are some of the risks and benefits of pursuing the technological expansion of human potential as a deliberate, active endeavor?
- Why is it important to recognize and honor human freedom and human diversity in these pursuits?
- What parts of the Transhumanist Declaration most resonate with you? What parts would you like to better understand?
- Having read about transhumanist goals, how do you feel about depictions of AI in film and literature as dystopian, dangerous, and scary?
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