Transhumanism is a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase.
Transhumanism in a political sense is historically tied to many of the libertarian ideas of the Extropy Institute founded in California in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In 2014 Zoltan Istvan’s internationally visible campaign for the Transhumanist Party caused a grass roots mobilisation of politically interested transhumanists from various political positions (especially liberals).
In the other hand, Techno-progressivism is a stance of active support for the convergence of technological change and social change. Techno-progressives -like Dona Haraway– argue that technological developments can be profoundly empowering and emancipatory when they are regulated by legitimate democratic and accountable authorities to ensure that their costs, risks and benefits are all fairly shared by the actual stakeholders to those developments.
Ultimately we encounter ourselves with Anarchotranshumanism, a stance where the central point is facilitating the equality of opportunity for all individuals to exercise self-determination. Borrowing from crypto-anarchism,activist William Gillis and others argue that the disruptive nature of emergent technologies are either incompatible or extremely dangerous with hierarchical structures of today, including representative or majoritarian democracy.
In this chart published by H+pedia, inspired by the socalled “Lorrey Chart”, we can see a comparison of futurist political and conceptual positions into a single contrastable matrix to better understand the complex transhumanist political landscape…