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Dr. Twymans New Book on Social Futurism Released

(London) The Black Book (so-called in reference to an earlier Zero State release) is the first media release from Array Consulting and the re-launched Zero State Media. FREE DOWNLOAD: Abridged version of Social Futurism and the Zero State (AKA ‘The Black Book’), PDF format. The Black… Continue Reading →

The new ‘human’ and the Human Peripheral

A Man Turned Inside Out: The Externalized Social If someone told you that their friends were all in their head, you’d probably think they were crazy or singing a Nirvana song. Friends exist out in the world after all, don’t… Continue Reading →

Alternate Reality Games as Cybernetic Organisms

This article is part of a series on Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG), particularly as it relates to cutting-edge computing technologies. Previous articles (here and here) set out the starting point for this series, which is the idea that while the… Continue Reading →

We Need To Talk About Crypto

In a recent article I pointed out the suitability of cryptocurrency (CC) as an economic mechanism for modern networked societies, but also listed problems which must be addressed before CC can be truly viable as a currency per se. Any… Continue Reading →

Simulated News and Techno-Tribalism

We have reached a point in the early 21st Century at which media cannot be assumed to directly represent reality. This is both true in the general and older sense that we may distrust any narrative, but more importantly it is also now… Continue Reading →

TechGnosis: Reality Hacking for Fun & Profit

Metric Media recently published an article called “Burning Houses & Gaming the Future”, which explored the utility of game logic in helping people achieve real goals in our increasingly technological society. Now we are going to take that exploration a… Continue Reading →

Burning Houses & Gaming the Future

Back in the distant, hazy days of 1998, Futurist Douglas Rushkoff published a book called “Playing the Future” (published in the UK as “Children of Chaos”). The book’s central thesis was that people born in the late 20th Century and early… Continue Reading →

Killer AI, Black Mirrors, & Murphy’s Law

Debate over the risk and promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies can be depressingly simplistic, often polarised into two camps with views that are extreme to the point of caricature. On the one hand we have those whose… Continue Reading →

Big Data Knows You, Better Than You Do

No Such Thing As A Free Meal There are always strings attached, they say. Perhaps this is nowhere more true than in the human mind, which believes itself to be in charge of its own conscious decisions when evidence frequently… Continue Reading →

[press] Official Statement to the TNC Convention 2016 by Dr. Amon Twyman

[TPG] STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE (US) TRANSHUMAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE The following is an open letter being read as an address at the (US) Transhuman National Committee convention on 27th February 2016: My name is Amon Twyman, and I am… Continue Reading →

ZOLTAN ISTVAN DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE TRANSHUMANIST PARTY

EDIT: Please note that the first paragraph below has been expanded slightly, to make it perfectly clear who the author is, and in what official capacity this letter has been written. My name is Amon Twyman. This is an open… Continue Reading →

NO to blanket bans on Genetically Modified crops (press)

TRANSHUMANIST PARTY PRESS RELEASE NO TO BLANKET BANS ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS Why the Scottish ban on GM is bad for Scotland and the UK The recent announcement by MSP Richard Lochhead to ban the growing of Genetically Modified crops… Continue Reading →

Don’t mistake elections for political change!

I felt moved to write this post after seeing an article about the futility of Transhumanists standing in elections. As it happens I have already written a chapter addressing questions of strategy for the developing Transhumanist Party, but thought I’d… Continue Reading →

Working toward a new paradigm

This is an update on progress from the Transhumanist Party, but not a dry technical report. Instead, this is the first in what I intend to be a new style of message, combining news of our activity with the bigger… Continue Reading →

Holacracy and the Transhumanist Party

EDIT: The post below raised some questions, and apparently some minor misunderstandings which I would like to briefly address. If you haven’t read the post below already, I would recommend doing so before reading the note which follows at its… Continue Reading →

Holacracy and the Transhumanist Party

The Transhumanist Party represents a new branch of the Transhumanist movement, and as such is now taking the first steps in a long journey. Here at the beginning, we have the opportunity to consider how our movement will be organised,… Continue Reading →

The birth of Political Transhumanism

A footnote in History: The first explicitly Transhumanist candidate Political Transhumanism is beginning to coalesce, and will become a force to reckon with as accelerating technologies increasingly transform society, and people seek a new paradigm to handle the wave of… Continue Reading →

Transhumanist Party (UK) membership open

The Transhumanist Party wants YOU! The Transhumanist Party is a new political organization in the UK, part of a network of similar groups around the world, committed to positive social change through technology. Transhumanism is the idea that we must… Continue Reading →

The Moral Philosophy of Transhumanism

Transhumanism is an increasingly popular philosophical movement, and that increasing popularity can sometimes lead to a degree of confusion among newer adherents about what its necessary features are. In my opinion the only common basis to Transhumanism, coined by Anders… Continue Reading →

Humanity+ UK & the (European) Transhumanist Party (opinion)

I have recently posted some thoughts on which movements and political parties would make good partners for Social Futurism, and at the same time have been thinking about the relationship between SF and the Transhumanist movement. We have already made… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Ethereum

Two days ago I attended a very interesting talk hosted by London Futurists, and presented by Stephan Tual, CCO of Ethereum. I find Ethereum extremely interesting, both out of my general interests in computing and decentralization, and also because Zero… Continue Reading →

FUTURISM AS POLICY: What should futurists want from political change? (opinion)

The following is an advertisement for a meeting of the Consensus, in London, on Saturday May 4th 2013. The Consensus is a political organization affiliated with Zero State, bringing futurist values and an emphasis on technology to the question of… Continue Reading →

New Zealand: A Future ‘Home Base’ for Transhumanists?

Is tech progess in your Luddite homeland too slow? You’d rather dwell in a Transhuman-Land? Here’s plans for a H+-friendly Home Base in the South Pacific, from “Zero State”… I recently interviewed Amon Kalkin, founder of the Zero State (ZS)… Continue Reading →

Wave: What Is Our Goal? How Can You Help?

The following questions were recently asked on the Doctrine Zero mailing list: What are our practical aims? What do we want the membership to do or help with? Where are we going? Having a structure and ideology is necessary, but… Continue Reading →

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