This London Futurists event marks two developments in the political landscape:
The launch of the book "Anticipating tomorrow's politics"
The launch of the Transhumanist Party in the UK.
The speakers at this event, Amon Twyman and David Wood, will be addressing the following questions:
How should politics change, so that the positive potential of technology can be safely harnessed to most fully improve human society?
What are the topics that politicians generally tend to ignore, but which deserve much more attention?
How should futurists and transhumanists regard the political process?
Which emerging political movements are most likely to catalyse these needed changes?
The speed and direction of technological adoption can be strongly influenced by social and psychological factors, by legislation, by subsidies, and by the provision or restriction of public funding. Political action can impact all these factors, either for better or for worse. Technology enthusiasts ignore political matters at their peril.
Accelerating technology is already radically transforming many areas of life - including education, entertainment, health, transport, and warfare. Technology surely has, in the same way, the potential to radically transform politics. That's what you'll have the opportunity to discuss at this event.
About Amon Twyman:
Dr M. Amon Twyman is a philosopher, and co-founder of the Transhumanist Party, acting as the UK Party Leader and Global Party Secretary. His professional background is in cognitive science and digital arts, and underlying these things is a deep interest in the impact of technological change on society and the human condition.
About the Transhumanist Party:
Transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement for improvement of the human condition through technology. The Transhumanist Party is a new aspect of that movement, working globally to apply those ideals to the political sphere. Society is changing faster than ever before as new technologies challenge our laws and expectations, and traditional political parties increasingly cannot understand what is happening. Rather than letting these challenges overwhelm us, the Transhumanist Party wants new technology to offer a greater quality of life for all.
To learn more, please go to http://transhumanistparty.org.uk (http://transhumanistparty.org.uk/) and http://transhumanistpartyglobal.org (http://transhumanistpartyglobal.org/).
About David Wood:
David Wood, D.Sc, FRSA, is chair of London Futurists, IEET fellow, Humanity+ Director, and an independent futurist consultant at Delta Wisdom (http://deltawisdom.com/). He previously spent twenty five years in the mobile computing and smartphone industries, at Psion, Symbian, and Accenture.
He is the author of the book "Smartphones and beyond" (http://smartphonesandbeyond.com/reviews/), and lead editor of the volume "Anticipating 2025" (http://anticipating2025.com/book/).
In January 2015, he co-founded Transpolitica, and is the lead editor of its first book, "Anticipating tomorrow's politics" (http://transpolitica.org/projects/book-project/), which is being launched at this event.
Transpolitica holds that human society should embrace, wisely, thoughtfully, and compassionately, the radical transformational potential of technology.
The stated goals of Transpolitica (http://transpolitica.org/) are to:
Enable society to transcend the limitations and constraints of today’s political models
Anticipate the better political practices of an envisaged transhuman future
Advocate the practical policies that will advance that future
Engage people at all levels of politics and society around the world, to support and implement these policies
Support transhumanists within political parties of all shapes and stripes
Transpolitica wishes to engage with politicians of all parties to increase the likelihood of an attractive, equitable, sustainable, progressive future. The policies we recommend (http://transpolitica.org/manifesto/) are designed:
To elevate the thinking of politicians and other leaders, away from being dominated by the raucous issues of the present, to addressing the larger possibilities of the near future
To draw attention to technological opportunities, map out attractive roads ahead, and address the obstacles which are preventing us from fulfilling our cosmic potential.
2pm-4pm, Saturday 21st March 2015.
Venue: Room B35, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room B35 is on the basement level floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub-food/marlborough-arms-bloomsbury/pid-C7440), 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.
Covering meeting costs:
A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online.
This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.
Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)
Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.