Extrobritannia has supported transhumanism in the United Kingdom since 2002. It existed:
- As the organiser of meetings in London about transhumanism, from 2002 until 2008
- As the Extrobritannia blog, maintained from 2003 until 2012
- As the Extrobritannia Yahoo mailing list, from 2002 until the present day
Formation of Extrobritannia
Initial participants had learned of each other's existence from messages on the Extropy Institute mail list. Regular participants at early meetings included Fabio Albertario, Julian Snape, Amon Twyman, Ben Cunningham, Alex Ramonsky, and Philip Chaston. The first meetings were in the downstairs café of Waterstones Piccadilly bookshop.
As meetings grew in size, new venues were adopted:
- Penderel’s Oak Weatherspoons pub in High Holborn, for lunches and informal discussion
- Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, for more formal speaker meetings.
Photograph from Extrobritannia meeting
Evolution of Extrobritannia
As several of the original organisers moved away from London, meetings were held less frequently. David Wood, who had been attending Extrobritannia meetings since 2005, volunteered to organise a number, and set up the UKH+ group on Facebook for increased publicity. From March 2009, these meetings were also publicised via the London Futurists meetup group.
The ExtroBritannia Yahoo group still continues with occasional activity.
Precursors to ExtroBritannia
Transhumanist activities in the United Kingdom prior to Extrobritannia include the following:
- Informal meetings between David Pearce, Nick Bostrom, Max More and others
- The TransVisionMM conference held in City University London, 15-16 July 2000, as part of the international TransVision series.