Comparison of futurist related ideas and positions
The following is an original infographic from User:Deku-shrub. It is not considered exhaustive of various opinions, nor does every label imply a follower of that position is exclusively in that space. It is however designed to be a helpful introduction to a variety of futurist and transhumanist positions to be used as starting place to finding out more about them.
Ideologies and positions featured
- Senescence researchers
- Dietary and supplement enthusiasts
- External prosthesis users
- Internal prosthesis users
- Life extensionists
- Self modification
- Health 2.0 enthusiasts
- Morphological freedom advocates and enthusiasts
- Russian cosmists
- Biological immortalists
- Cyborgization enthusiasts
- Body modification enthusiasts
- Bioethical abolitionists
- Space seeding advocates
- Mind uploading advocates
- Hardcore second-lifers
- Biopunk grinders
- AI risk advocates
- Prosthetically enhanced athletes
- Space exploration advocates
- Cyberpunk grinders
- Genetic engineering advocates
- Nootropic users
- Transcranial direct-current stimulation users
- Posthuman transhumanism includes:
When I wrote "Transhumanist jargon for the discerning time traveller" I was inspired from researching what I considered the main streams in transhumanist and futurist identification, which I identified as life extension, futurism, singularitarianism, transhumanism and biohacking. Healthy debate ensued as to whether all life extensionist transhumanists were in fact singularitarians, and I conceded that I was wrong on that front. My use of the small area for biohacking was an ommision I regretted so I set out to create a greater diagram.
This diagram would feature more detailed examples, edge cases and more intersections with the aim of showing the breadth of transhumanist related positions. Some of the major changes from the first iteration was placing posthumanism as a central subset of transhumanism - as the two concepts are closely related. Singularitarians were repositioned to futurist/transhumanists and placed alongside the rising numbers of AI risk advocates.
- In /r/RationalPsychonaut I asked the question - 'Are Psychonauts considered self-modificationists?' There were some interested responses, but the consensus appeared to emerge that simply 'visiting' new states of consciousness' was not self modification as it was temporary only. Nootropic users were suggested as a better fit. As a consequence the term was placed at the edge of the grouping.
- Second Life research - complete
- Meditation - negative response.
- Cyborgs - Broadly approved
- Posthumanism - talking on the Posthuman Network, a lot of feedback was gathered in general including posthuman types that I was previous unaware of or had ommitted.
Identifying examples of different positions was entertaining and frustrating, especially considering that this is a fundamentally arbitrary grouping of ideas, hopefully presented in a not-too leading fashion.
Having iterated through it several times myself as well as privately with some feedback, I consider it a mostly correct diagram that can be incrementally improved in the future.
Issues, omissions and rooms for improvement
Given the originality of the infographic, I am quite pleased I managed to find many distinct positions to place within each intersecting ideology.
The relative absence of non-modified posthumans is certainly food for thought in posthuman circles.
There are likely a number of other questionable decisions, many of which could be improved upon which I have not yet identified.