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This online video conference meeting looks at online voting, responsive democracy and - more generally - at the potential for better technology to enable better political decison-making. What are the opportunities and the risks these technologies bring to the democratic process?

The event features a moderated Q&A with a number of political thinkers, transhumanists, and futurists.

People can take part in this meeting by either:
(1) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via Google+ (if you watch it live, you can raise questions by text for the video participants to address), https://plus.google.com/events/cm9t7134l33dgf95gtjojvajcpo
(2) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTWc7GCi9fw

Panellists:
*) David Orban, CEO of Dotsub: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Orban
*) Andrius Kasparavičius, head of IT infrastructure, participant in elections and referendums both as candidate and as member of electoral commission: http://andrius.org/
*) Stuart Dambrot, Founder, Critical Thought Media: http://criticalthought.com/

Useful background reading/viewing:
*) BBC News: "Election should include online voting in 2020 - Bercow" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30976610
*) An 8 minute Computerphile video "Why electronic voting is a BAD idea" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3_0x6oaDmI
*) Opposition to e-voting by a Green city coucilllor - http://www.jasonkitcat.com/writings/e-voting/
*) (Others to be added)
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This online video conference meeting features a number of the co-founders of the UK Transhumanist Party in conversation with Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist Party candidate to become President of the USA. We'll be answering questions raised by audience members.

The discussion will include:
*) Zoltan's thinking behind creating the Transhumanist Party;
*) Key policy statements - which topics have the highest priority?
*) What is the most effective way for transhumanists to influence politics and legislation?
*) Progess with the Transhumanist Party since it was founded;
*) Visions and plans for the months and years ahead.

People can take part in this meeting by either:
(1) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via Google+ (if you watch it live, you can raise questions by text for the video participants to address), https://plus.google.com/events/c20s0f11boj950dcpikqf1qgepg
(2) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via YouTube: http://youtu.be/Xk4olY4qIjg

Panellists: Zoltan Istvan, Amon Twyman, David Wood

Useful background reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoltan_Istvan
http://transhumanity.net/run-dont-hide/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zoltan-istvan/should-a-transhumanist-be_b_5949688.html
http://hplusmagazine.com/2012/09/05/politics-and-transumanism-interview-with-italian-transhumanist-politician-giuseppe-vatinno/
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Ah, I forgot to point out to people that they need to be logged into a G+ account before G+ will allow them to post questions into the Q&A. I'll try to remember that next time.

The really interesting questions about discussions on post-scarcity economics are:
(1) What about the transition from where we are today, to that future state?
(2) Won't there still be some scarce goods (e.g. the very best healthcare), even though many previous scarce items have become abundant?
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This online video conference meeting is a chance to review ideas for a possible "Transhumanist Declaration" for the UK general election in May 2015.

People can take part in this meeting:
(1) As a participant in the panel discussion (contact me in advance if you want to be included - limit of 15 people),
(2) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via Google+ (if you watch it live, you can raise questions by text for the video participants to address): https://plus.google.com/events/ckg388k5sp5gvs3gp6h2gkh4e08
(3) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via YouTube: http://youtu.be/sBzc28qetOk

See https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HW0DMgqGwRsj_opIwvaPrgDTQCbrlHQ1M9S79t_sORE/edit?usp=sharing for:
*) An early draft of what the Transhumanist Declaration might look like,
*) Some comments about the contents of that draft,
*) A set of questions that will need answering before the Declaration is published.

This video sets the context for the meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuIvW2q4jtQ. It's worth trying to find the time to watch it beforehand.
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To find the Q&A app inside the Hangout (it's accessible once you press the Play button):
If the right hand edge of the display shows a big "Showcase" panel, you can press the nearby Google menu button (the 3x3 grid of small squares) and change it to the Q&A panel instead.
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Hah, I got tongue-tied in my description of Eroom's Law. What the Law says (and what the chart says) is that "the number of new drugs approved per billion US dollars spent on R&D has halved roughly every 9 years since 1950, falling around 80-fold in inflation-adjusted terms" http://www.nature.com/nrd/journal/v11/n3/full/nrd3681.html. Apart from me verbally stumbling over this description, I think the video is well-worth watching :-)
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This online video conference meeting looks at the case for Anarchist Transhumanism. It features a moderated Q&A with Kris Notaro and Benjamin Abbott Summerspeaker, lead authors of the document "An Anarchist Transhumanist Manifesto".

To quote from the start of that document:

>>Anarchist-Transhumanism is a branch of anarchism that takes seriously the values of traditional and modern anarchism and combines it with transhumanism and posthumanism...

Note to anyone who is unfamiliar with the term “Anarchism”: It may turn you off from the start but be assured that “anarchism” is the evolution of radical democracy, consensus decision making, freedom, and equality.<<

People can take part in this meeting by either:
(1) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via Google+ (if you watch it live, you can raise questions by text for the video participants to address), https://plus.google.com/events/c6glvtarcs545prj6jml9ciatr0
(2) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ifl_dHGPSM

Panellists:
Kris Notaro, Managing Director, IEET
Benjamin Abbott Summerspeaker, IEET Affiliate Scholar
Waldemar Ingdhahl, director and founder of the Swedish policy think tank Eudoxa
David Wood, Executive Director, Transpolitica

Useful background reading:
"An Anarchist Transhumanist Manifesto": https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wJrXYBXAmNH9zwyfgg1-yAYN_Cda-26pFCk0u_QhyBc
Kris Notaro: http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/bio/notaro
Benjamin Abbott Summerspeaker: http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/bio/abbott/
Waldemar Ingdahl: https://twitter.com/waldemaringdahlhttp://waldemaringdahl.blogspot.co.uk/
About Eudoxa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudoxa
About Transpolitica: http://transpolitica.org/
(other links to be added)
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Yes, and at the core of this we again find the problem of genetic programs developed in palaeolithic times and adequate for those times, but dangerous today.
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What can the newly formed Transhumanist Party learn from the experiences of the Pirate Party?

This online video conference meeting features a number of the co-founders of the UK Transhumanist Party in discussion with Chris Monteiro of the UK Pirate Party, and answering questions raised by audience members.

The discussion will include:
*) Is it possible to take advantage of modern digital tools and processes to achieve political impact with fewer resources than traditional political parties normally use?
*) What are the risks of rapidly scaling up, and then not being able to cope with the strong interest achieved?
*) What's the best organisational infrastructure to support the twin goals of (i) winning seats for candidates from your own party, and (ii) influencing the general opinion of politicians in other parties?

People can take part in this meeting by either:
(1) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via Google+ (if you watch it live, you can raise questions by text for the video participants to address), https://plus.google.com/events/c628rmmo9u4tt7a8jhqfkikna50
(2) Viewing the event live, or a recording, via YouTube: http://youtu.be/cX6J8c_C7q0

The panellists:
*) Chris Monteiro, who has been an activist with the Pirate Party UK since January 2009.
*) Amon Twyman
*) Darren Reynolds
*) David Wood
*) others to be announced
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Apologies I missed it live, however, I have just listened to it throughout.

Before I get on to some of my thoughts on the topic, I thought I should highlight my background and current situation with politics. Until recently I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, and even was an officer on the committee of my local party. I decided to leave simply because my heart and mind has always been a lot more libertarian socialist, and also very "green" - and so I have ended up lending my support to the Green Party (although I am not yet a member).

A couple of notes on the "coalitions" question that appeared part way through...:
(1) The Labour Party in the UK does actually support membership of another political party, and that is the Co-operative Party. Unfortunately in order to be a member of the Co-operative Party you now must become a member of the Labour Party also - which seems quite silly to me, as I am sure that we would also likely see "Lib Dem and Co-operative Party" candidates, and "Green Party and Co-operative Party" candidates if the membership was opened. Do you think that there might be scope for a similar thing with the Pirate Party and/or the potential UK Transhumanist Party (or whichever name ends up being chosen)? - so we might see "Lib Dem and Transhumanist Party" candidates, for example?
(2) In terms of pressure groups, there might also be some use in trying to reach out to firm members of the various parties, who would be willing to set up official association groups (or "interest groups") within each of the major political parties specifically revolving around transhumanism. For example, there are association groups in the libdems for things like "Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists" (http://www.aldes.org.uk/), and in the Green Party there are "members groups" such as the "Green Left" and the "Young Greens". Do you think that this might be possible?
(3) In terms of a European level, I understand that the European Pirate Party are working within the framework of the Greens/EFA (i.e. "The Greens - European Free Alliance"). I understand that Julia Reda, an MEP from Germany is part of the German Pirate Party, and is a Vice-President of the Greens/EFA. The Greens/EFA combined includes The Green Party of England & Wales, the Scottish Green Party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), Plaid Cymru in wales and Mebyon Kernow in Cornwall. There has even been an official statement by the Greens of England & Wales stating that where possible they would work with the SNP and Plaid Cymru. The idea of the Greens/EFA (inc. the European Pirates) seems to be that there should be individual freedom and justice for the purpose of collective humanitarian support, both in the physical world and in the technological/online world, and using ecologically . This combination sounds very similar to some of the bases that the potential UK Transhumanist Party (or whatever the name becomes) would work off, and what the WAVE / Social Futurism groups are already laying down. Perhaps some work should be done on unifying the Greens, the SNP, Plaid and the Pirates in the UK, and particularly in respect to the elements of the transhumanist manifesto, and perhaps, conversely, mapping what the transhumanist manifesto means in terms of ecological assets (as per E.F. Schumacher) and regional culture?

Whatever happens, I think collaboration is crucial, and there should be some cross-party work, some selective-party work, and also some activist party work.... all coming together to push the ideals of sustainable humanity and sustainable transhumanity, for the sake of techno-progressivism.
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Video of my talk at Transvision 2014 in Paris "Accelerating technology and increasing inequality" is now available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ59SxELDcM. This video makes the case for "transhumanism for all"
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Great Talk , that penultimate question was a very interesting, and one with that could only be answered once "transhumanism for all" was achieved. Alas Altruism appears to be the exception and not  the rule within current societal norms.
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The next London Futurists event is this Saturday: "The upcoming decentralization singularity" with Stephan Tual, Ethereum CCO. See http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/events/205142762/ for the full details.
What are the wider consequences of the innovative technology that underpins the Bitcoin currency? This meetup features Ethereum CCO Stephan Tual, who will highlight some far-reaching scenarios, including the establishment of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. About Ethereum: Ethereum is a worldwide, decentralized singleton in current development with a go live date of March 2015. Ethereum’s promise is to leverage this singleton to build a ne...
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I'll be joining the ‪panel for this live Hangout about the dark side of Augmented Reality, 25 Sept @ 4pm UK time. Everyone is welcome to watch, or to tweet questions in real time to #‎IEEEar‬
 
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During this Google+ Hangout invited experts will discuss the potential societal, security and professional risks when people are surrounded by sensor-rich objects connected to omniscient cloud-based services, as these are described in one of the four scenarios developed as part of the IEEE-SA Scenarios for AR in 2020 project to explore the potential for AR and described during a WebEx event hosted by IEEE on September 18, 2014. 

In the “Skeletons of Empires” scenario, there are many serious political, economic and social problems. People feel that they have not only lost their privacy, but their liberty as well. They feel helpless and scared. In this ‘Scenario for AR in 2020’ no one knows who is evil and who to trust; everyone wants to blame someone else. 

The panel discussion will focus on identifying the likely signposts that we could detect if this scenario is approaching, the costs of such a scenario emerging and how to mitigate the negative impacts of our connected future. 

• Who could gain control of our data or benefit from such a scenario and how? 
• What are the early indicators of technology getting into the “wrong hands”?
• Are some geographic regions at greater risk than others?
• Are some socioeconomic groups more insulated or exposed? 
• What are the likely roles of technologies, legislation, law and policy today and in the future to prevent such a scenario?

Find out what our experts believe and predict during this live Google+ Hangout on Air episode of the AR in Your Future series.

Panelists:  
- Brian Wassom | Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
- Simon Solotko | Chief Marketing Officer, Tagaboom
- Dr. David W. Wood | Chair, London Futurists

Moderator:
- Christine Perey | PEREY Research & Consulting

Hosted by IEEE

Visit the Official Site: http://standards.ieee.org/events/multimedia/arin2020.html
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