Envisioning Politics 2.0

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Published in 2015 by Transpolitica

Envisioning Politics 2.0: How AIs, cyborgs, and transhumanism can enhance democracy and improve society is a book edited by David Wood and Alexander Karran.

"Politics 1.0 has taken us a long way. But the multidimensional, intersecting nature of present-day issues and opportunities requires a new calibre of politics. Anticipating that new calibre of politics is the central purpose of the think tank Transpolitica which has published this volume.

The essays in this book provide visions of what Politics 2.0 might look like. They express the thoughts, hopes, and fears from a diverse mix of futurists, political thinkers, academics, and think-tank members. They explore various ways in which new technology might enable improved politics (analogous to the way in which technology enabled the emergence of a collaborative "Web 2.0" with community intelligence, superseding the top-down "Web 1.0"):

  • Relevant expert knowledge being quickly brought to vexed questions of subsidies, regulations, standards, and so on – rather than politicians being out of their depths
  • Automated fact-checking taking place in real-time, rather than mistakes and errant claims being allowed to influence political discussion for too long
  • Humans improving their own cognitive skills, as part of a process we can call cyborgization
  • External artificial intelligence augmenting the decision-making capabilities of humans
  • The insights of the transhumanist movement, which boldly upholds the possibility of a profound social transformation alongside human physical and mental enhancements."
- From the book summary at Amazon.com[1]

Transpolitica 2016

"Without better political processes, all our hopes for technology improving the world are at high risk. Collabtech – technology for better collaboration – is, therefore, probably the most important technology of all to get right."[2]

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