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The '''Transhumanist Party''' of the [[United Kingdom]] is a registered political party.
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The '''Transhumanist Party''' of the United Kingdom is a registered political party. The stated goal of the party is "positive social change through technology"<ref>[http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/ Party website]</ref>.
  
== Founders ==
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== History ==
The party was founded by individuals including [[Amon Twyman]] who is well connected in transhumanist communities and is now party leader. [[Dirk Bruere]] of [[Zero State]] had previously contested a UK election as [[The Consensus]], a prospective party name that was considered prior to [[Zoltan Istvan]]'s media successes with the [[Transhumanist Party (US political organization)]]. [[Deku-shrub]] sought to apply lessons from the [[Pirate Party]] with whom he is still informally involved as liason. [[David Wood]], also a co founder, founded the UK based [[Transpolitica]] think tank to seek to develop non-partisan transhumanist policy at the same time of the party's founding.
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=== Founders ===
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The party's founders included:
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* [[Amon Twyman]] of the [[Institute for Social Futurism]], who was the party's first leader
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* [[Dirk Bruere]] of [[Zero State]], who had previously contested a UK election as [[The Consensus]], a prospective party name that was considered prior to [[Zoltan Istvan]]'s media successes with the [[Transhumanist Party (US political organization)]]
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* [[Deku-shrub]] who sought to apply lessons from the [[Pirate Party]] with whom he is still informally involved as liason
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* [[David Wood]] who founded the UK based [[Transpolitica]] think tank to seek to develop non-partisan transhumanist policy at the same time of the party's founding
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* [[Alex Karran]] who, prior to the official registration of the party, ran in the 2015 general election as an independent candidate, and as such is the first [[Transhumanist Party]] candidate to have contested an election<ref>[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/cyborg-supporting-transhumanist-party-appoints-5494746 Cyborg supporting Transhumanist Party appoints first political candidate in UK]</ref><ref>[http://lifemag.org/article/why-transhumanists-should-aim-to-inform-decision-makers-not-become-them Why transhumanists should aim to inform decision-makers, not become them]</ref>
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* [[Julian Snape]] who had previously been one of the founders of the [[UK Transhumanist Association]]
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===2015 ===
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[[File:Th_party_logo.jpg|200px|thumb|right|[[H*|Transhumanist Party (UK) logo, 2015-2019]]]]
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<embedvideo service="youtube">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le520DjMGYk</embedvideo> April 2015 promotional video for the Transhumanist Party
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Initial policies were developed firstly from the [[Wave]] organisation, then through the [[Institute for Social Futurism]] prior to the success of [[Zoltan Istvan]] with the transhumanist party brand.<ref>[https://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-transhumanist-manifesto-for-the-uk-general-election Transhumanists Are Writing Their Own Manifesto for the UK General Election]</ref>
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The party held its first AGM in October 2015 where its first batch of policies were ratified. The following statement was agreed by a vote at the AGM:<ref>[https://transhumanistparty.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/official-policies-of-the-transhumanist-party-2015/ Official Policies of the Transhumanist Party (2015)]</ref>
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<blockquote>
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The Transhumanist Party’s ideological position is known as ''[[Social Futurism]]'', which represents the integration of social and technological concerns. We adopt this position as a reminder that our central mission as a Transhumanist political party is to harness technological potential for the benefit of society.
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</blockquote>
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An [[H*|H* symbol]] was adopted as the logo of the party following a vote among members.
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On 12th October 2015 Transhumanist Party UK released a statement that "[[Zoltan Istvan]] does not speak for the Transhumanist Party" in response to his failure to engage with the wider community and [[transhumanist party]] movement.<ref>[https://transhumanistparty.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/zoltan-istvan-does-not-speak-for-the-transhumanist-party/ Zoltan Istvan does not speak for the Transhumanist Party]</ref>
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=== 2016 ===
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In November 2016 the party announced<ref>[https://dw2blog.com/2016/11/08/agile-organisations-for-agile-politics/ Agile organisations for agile politics]</ref> that two of its founders had resigned their roles - Amon Twyman and Dirk Bruere:
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<blockquote>
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These resignations arose from the recognition that there are many drawbacks to creating and developing a new political party in the United Kingdom:
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* The “first past the post” electoral system makes it especially difficult for minority parties to win seats in parliament
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* Political parties need to establish a set of policies on a wide range of issues – issues away from the areas of core agreement among members, and where dissension can easily arise
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* The timescales spoken about for full electoral success – potentially up to 25 years – are far too far into the future, given all the other changes expected in the meantime.
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</blockquote>
  
== History ==
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=== 2017 ===
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The party announced in April 2017<ref>[http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/new_social_contract New Social Contract (Transhumanist Party blog)]</ref> that it was sponsoring [[New Social Contract prize challenge | a prize challenge]] during April and May 2017 for the best H+Pedia contributions on the topic of '''New Social Contract'''.
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=== 2019 ===
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In January 2019 the party announced that [[Mathieu Gosselin]] and David Wood would take over as co-leaders<ref>[https://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/events/257964896/ Via meetup.com]</ref>.
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During 2019 the party also
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* created a [https://discourse.transhumanistparty.org.uk Discourse forum for structured online discussions]
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* developed a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMWQPIa7KVo&list=PLyGSuSZa-USPaWJyfsa1g1xZmLb_7Z5Cm "Technoprogressive Roadmap" of goals for the UK to target by 2035]
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* adopted a new logo consisting of a plain pink hexagon
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* published a [[TPUK Dashboard | dashboard of the status of its project activities]].
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=== 2020 ===
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In January 2020 the party announced another update:<ref>[https://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/party_news_january_2020 Party News January 2020]</ref>
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<blockquote>
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We'll be focusing on a set of bold, transformational goals that the UK can achieve by 2035, to take deep advantage of revolutions within science and technology.
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We'll be rolling out a new set of projects that will lay important groundwork, between now and 2025, for the larger changes that lie ahead...
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To take part in discussions with other members and supporters of the Party about initiatives for 2020 and beyond, you can join the channel named #tpuk on [https://londonfuturists.slack.com/ the Slack workspace] provided by one of TPUK's sister organisations, [https://londonfuturists.com/ London Futurists]...
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</blockquote>
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== Press releases ==
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Press releases issued by the party include:
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=== Call for open, truthful politics ===
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Noting the fact that initial reporting of the Wuhan Coronavirus had been suppressed by local authorities, and commenting on recent treatment of journalists by the UK's Conservative government, the party issued a call "for open, truthful politics"<ref>[https://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/transhumanist_party_calls_for_open_truthful_politics Transhumanist Party calls for open, truthful politics]</ref> :
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The Transhumanist Party in the UK reaffirms the principles of Evidence, Science, and Technology. As stated on the front page of the Party website, "All policy will as far as possible be evidence-based rather than ideology-based. Open sharing of information is paramount".
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Alexander Karran, member of the Party’s National Executive, commented:
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"In a world where false information flies at the speed of light around online media, it’s more important than ever that politicians respect principles of truthfulness and openness. If politics becomes a game which is won by whoever tells the most pernicious lies, we’ll all lose out."
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Party Leader, David Wood, added:
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"It’s not just variant new biological viruses that should worry all of us; variant new mental viruses can cause global chaos too, as they spread misinformation and confusion. We need to increase our watchfulness about both types of virus, and to address the circumstances that encourage their spread."
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</blockquote>
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=== Universal Basic Income ===
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The party welcomed the publication<ref>[http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/universal_basic_income_press_release Universal Basic Income press release]</ref> of the RSA’s report “Creative citizen, creative state: the principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income”:
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<blockquote>
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According to Transhumanist Party research and analysis, accelerating technological unemployment has the potential - within the next decade - to magnify social inequality, disruption and alienation. People who trained hard for new career opportunities may discover that their employment prospects have been overtaken by increasingly sophisticated robots, AIs, software, or other automation.
  
Initial policies were developed firstly from the [[Wave]] organisation, then through the [[Institute for Social Futurism]] prior to Zoltan's success with the transhumanist party brand.
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Dr Amon Twyman, Party Leader, commented:
  
Prior to its official registration, [[Alex Karran]] ran in the 2015 general election as an independent candidate as such it is the first [[Transhumanist Party]] candidate to have contested an election.<ref>[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/cyborg-supporting-transhumanist-party-appoints-5494746 Cyborg supporting Transhumanist Party appoints first political candidate in UK]</ref>
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“A new social contract is needed, involving strong educational and economic support for those who are left with no viable option of ‘earning a living’ due to rapid technological change. A UBI would provide an important part of this new social contract. The RSA’s advocacy of a UBI will help the task of the Transhumanist Party to bring about new political thinking in the UK that champions individual and social creativity.”
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</blockquote>
  
The party held its first AGM in October 2015 where its first batch of policies were ratified.
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=== Psychoactive Substances Bill ===
  
The [[H*|logo of the party]] was adopted following a vote among members.
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The party criticised<ref>[http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/psychoactive_substances_bill_press_release Psychoactive Substances Bill]</ref> the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the UK parliament:
  
On October 12th Transhumanist Party UK released a statement that "[[Zoltan Istvan]] does not speak for the Transhumanist Party" in response to his failure to engage with the wider community and [[transhumanist party]] movement.<ref>[https://transhumanistparty.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/zoltan-istvan-does-not-speak-for-the-transhumanist-party/ Zoltan Istvan does not speak for the Transhumanist Party]</ref>
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The blanket ban undermines past and current research, and threatens the future development of other low risk, non-recreational drugs and supplements that can be of potential therapeutic benefit to citizens...
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</blockquote>
  
== Policies ==
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=== Gene editing of embryos ===
  
The following statement was agreed by a vote at the party's 2015 AGM:<ref>[https://transhumanistparty.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/official-policies-of-the-transhumanist-party-2015/ Official Policies of the Transhumanist Party (2015)]</ref>
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The party congratulated<ref>[http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/_press_transhumanist_party_congratulates_hfea Transhumanist Party congratulates the UK HFEA]</ref> the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on its foresight in allowing gene editing of embryos:
  
 
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The Transhumanist Party’s ideological position is known as ''[[Social Futurism]]'', which represents the integration of social and technological concerns. We adopt this position as a reminder that our central mission as a Transhumanist political party is to harness technological potential for the benefit of society.
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The Transhumanist Party views this decision as a key landmark in the progress towards a future in which hereditary diseases are eliminated. Furthermore, we see this decision as a vital first step in exploring and developing applications of the new, revolutionary and globally accessible genetic engineering tools that have become available over the past three years.
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With such tools the human genome can be modified and enhanced not only to eliminate disease but to make significant progress towards the Transhumanist goal of citizens being “better than well”, wherein various traits such as resistance to all forms of disease, increased healthy longevity and improved cognitive ability can be emphasised to improve general health and happiness for all through all stages of life.
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It is our vision that this technology be made accessible to all, and applied to the point where such historically divisive issues as race and gender become no more important than fashion choices on the road to becoming a posthuman species.
 
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</blockquote>
  
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== See also ==
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* [[UK politics]]
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
* http://transhumanistparty.org.uk
 
* http://transhumanistparty.org.uk
* http://transhumanistparty.wordpress.com - Blog
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* http://transhumanistparty.wordpress.com - Legacy Blog
* [http://forums.transhumanistparty.org.uk/ forums.transhumanistparty.org.uk]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/uk.transhumanistparty/ Facebook Group]
* [https://sites.google.com/site/transhumanistpartyglobal/tp-national-level-groups/6-tp-europe/uk TPG wiki]
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* [https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/120692 Petition to include] [[nootropics|nootropic]] [[Transhumanism and drugs|drugs]] in the whitelist of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016
 
* {{Twitter|TranshumanistUK}}
 
* {{Twitter|TranshumanistUK}}
* [https://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Transhumanist-Party/753885864703211 FB Page]
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{{facebook page|https://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Transhumanist-Party/753885864703211}}
* [[File:Lock.png|15px|link=]][https://www.facebook.com/groups/uk.transhumanistparty/ FB Group]
 
* [https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/120692 Petition to include] [[nootropics|nootropic]] [[Transhumanism and drugs|drugs]] in the whitelist of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016
 
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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Latest revision as of 10:10, 6 February 2020

Transhumanist Party (UK) logo, adopted 2019

The Transhumanist Party of the United Kingdom is a registered political party. The stated goal of the party is "positive social change through technology"[1].

History

Founders

The party's founders included:

2015

April 2015 promotional video for the Transhumanist Party

Initial policies were developed firstly from the Wave organisation, then through the Institute for Social Futurism prior to the success of Zoltan Istvan with the transhumanist party brand.[4]

The party held its first AGM in October 2015 where its first batch of policies were ratified. The following statement was agreed by a vote at the AGM:[5]

The Transhumanist Party’s ideological position is known as Social Futurism, which represents the integration of social and technological concerns. We adopt this position as a reminder that our central mission as a Transhumanist political party is to harness technological potential for the benefit of society.

An H* symbol was adopted as the logo of the party following a vote among members.

On 12th October 2015 Transhumanist Party UK released a statement that "Zoltan Istvan does not speak for the Transhumanist Party" in response to his failure to engage with the wider community and transhumanist party movement.[6]

2016

In November 2016 the party announced[7] that two of its founders had resigned their roles - Amon Twyman and Dirk Bruere:

These resignations arose from the recognition that there are many drawbacks to creating and developing a new political party in the United Kingdom:

  • The “first past the post” electoral system makes it especially difficult for minority parties to win seats in parliament
  • Political parties need to establish a set of policies on a wide range of issues – issues away from the areas of core agreement among members, and where dissension can easily arise
  • The timescales spoken about for full electoral success – potentially up to 25 years – are far too far into the future, given all the other changes expected in the meantime.

2017

The party announced in April 2017[8] that it was sponsoring a prize challenge during April and May 2017 for the best H+Pedia contributions on the topic of New Social Contract.

2019

In January 2019 the party announced that Mathieu Gosselin and David Wood would take over as co-leaders[9].

During 2019 the party also

2020

In January 2020 the party announced another update:[10]

We'll be focusing on a set of bold, transformational goals that the UK can achieve by 2035, to take deep advantage of revolutions within science and technology.

We'll be rolling out a new set of projects that will lay important groundwork, between now and 2025, for the larger changes that lie ahead...

To take part in discussions with other members and supporters of the Party about initiatives for 2020 and beyond, you can join the channel named #tpuk on the Slack workspace provided by one of TPUK's sister organisations, London Futurists...

Press releases

Press releases issued by the party include:

Call for open, truthful politics

Noting the fact that initial reporting of the Wuhan Coronavirus had been suppressed by local authorities, and commenting on recent treatment of journalists by the UK's Conservative government, the party issued a call "for open, truthful politics"[11] :

The Transhumanist Party in the UK reaffirms the principles of Evidence, Science, and Technology. As stated on the front page of the Party website, "All policy will as far as possible be evidence-based rather than ideology-based. Open sharing of information is paramount".

Alexander Karran, member of the Party’s National Executive, commented:

"In a world where false information flies at the speed of light around online media, it’s more important than ever that politicians respect principles of truthfulness and openness. If politics becomes a game which is won by whoever tells the most pernicious lies, we’ll all lose out."

Party Leader, David Wood, added:

"It’s not just variant new biological viruses that should worry all of us; variant new mental viruses can cause global chaos too, as they spread misinformation and confusion. We need to increase our watchfulness about both types of virus, and to address the circumstances that encourage their spread."

Universal Basic Income

The party welcomed the publication[12] of the RSA’s report “Creative citizen, creative state: the principled and pragmatic case for a Universal Basic Income”:

According to Transhumanist Party research and analysis, accelerating technological unemployment has the potential - within the next decade - to magnify social inequality, disruption and alienation. People who trained hard for new career opportunities may discover that their employment prospects have been overtaken by increasingly sophisticated robots, AIs, software, or other automation.

Dr Amon Twyman, Party Leader, commented:

“A new social contract is needed, involving strong educational and economic support for those who are left with no viable option of ‘earning a living’ due to rapid technological change. A UBI would provide an important part of this new social contract. The RSA’s advocacy of a UBI will help the task of the Transhumanist Party to bring about new political thinking in the UK that champions individual and social creativity.”

Psychoactive Substances Bill

The party criticised[13] the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the UK parliament:

The blanket ban undermines past and current research, and threatens the future development of other low risk, non-recreational drugs and supplements that can be of potential therapeutic benefit to citizens...

Gene editing of embryos

The party congratulated[14] the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on its foresight in allowing gene editing of embryos:

The Transhumanist Party views this decision as a key landmark in the progress towards a future in which hereditary diseases are eliminated. Furthermore, we see this decision as a vital first step in exploring and developing applications of the new, revolutionary and globally accessible genetic engineering tools that have become available over the past three years.

With such tools the human genome can be modified and enhanced not only to eliminate disease but to make significant progress towards the Transhumanist goal of citizens being “better than well”, wherein various traits such as resistance to all forms of disease, increased healthy longevity and improved cognitive ability can be emphasised to improve general health and happiness for all through all stages of life.

It is our vision that this technology be made accessible to all, and applied to the point where such historically divisive issues as race and gender become no more important than fashion choices on the road to becoming a posthuman species.

See also

External links

References