Transhumanist demographics

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There has been only a small amount of research into transhumanist demographics.

Early surveys

A February/March 2002 poll on the Extropy Institute mailing site identified that more than 80% of extropians were male, and more than 50% were under 30 years old.[citation needed][1]

Humanity+

The 2007 survey by the WTA received 760 responses from its member base at the time.[2]

Key figures at the time included:

  • 90% of the respondents were male[3]
  • The median age was 30-33
  • 1 in 5 members have disabilities
  • 88% of respondents were happy to call themselves a transhumanist
  • 47% identified as left-wing (up from 36% in 2003)
  • 66% were atheistic or otherwise secular
  • >50% of religious or spiritual respondents believe transhumanism to be compatible with religion
  • >50% of the secular[4] "could be compatible with" or "could be synthesised with" at least some form of religion. However 33%[5] believed transhumanism to be incompatible with religion.

Life extensionism

A 2013 survey from the Pew Research Center found significant differences in attitudes towards life extension between various demographics in the United States.[6]

Key findings included:

  • 56% of Americans would not want to undergo therapies to slow the ageing process
  • 68% think other people would do so surprisingly
  • 63% think medical advances that prolong life are a good thing, but 32% considered such technology as interfering with the natural cycle of life
  • Only 7% had heard a lot about radical life extension, 38% a little and 54% nothing
  • About 66% were concerned about life extension and overpopulation risk

Public perceptions

Some public perceptions of transhumanist demographics conflate the movement heavily with Silicon Valley billionaires. For example, in "Life extension technology gives us a bleak future: more white men"[7] self-described feminist Charlotte Shane fabricates an alternative view of transhumanism which excludes people of colour, gender minorities and the poor. She asserts without evidence that wealthy life extension investors are not interested in serving other demographics.

See also

References

  1. The Politics of Transhumanism
  2. Report on the 2007 Interests and Beliefs Survey of the Members of the World Transhumanist Association
  3. I imagine if a similar study were held today, the option of identifying as non-binary and similar would be offered
  4. I believe this is a misuse of the term 'secular'
  5. It's not clear if this is of atheistic respondents or all respondents
  6. Living to 120 and Beyond: Americans’ Views on Aging, Medical Advances and Radical Life Extension
  7. Life extension technology gives us a bleak future: more white men