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[Adopted at the 2017 TNC Convention]

Transhumanist Declaration Policy Plank (2.0)

The TNC is based on the Transhumanist Declaration as the Starting Point for Policy and platform development as the ideological foundation of what the TNC does and believes, with the remainder of the platform representing our current goals and policy change efforts. This includes:

1. Humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We envision the possibility of broadening human potential by overcoming aging, cognitive shortcomings, involuntary suffering, and our confinement to planet Earth.

2. We believe that humanity’s potential is still mostly unrealized. There are possible scenarios that lead to wonderful and exceedingly worthwhile enhanced human conditions.

3. We recognize that humanity faces serious risks, especially from the misuse of new technologies. There are possible realistic scenarios that lead to the loss of most, or even all, of what we hold valuable. Some of these scenarios are drastic, others are subtle. Although all progress is change, not all change is progress.

  • Resilience and Risk Policy Plank
  • see Education in the United States Policy Plank
  • see Intellectual Property Policy Plank

4. Research effort needs to be invested into understanding these prospects. We need to carefully deliberate how best to reduce risks and expedite beneficial applications. We also need forums where people can constructively discuss what should be done, and a social order where responsible decisions can be implemented.

  • Reduction of Existential Risk Policy Plank
  • see Education in the United States Policy Plank
  • see Intellectual Property Policy Plank

5. Reduction of existential risks, development of means for the preservation of life and health, alleviation of grave suffering, and the improvement of human foresight and wisdom should be pursued and heavily funded as urgent priorities..

  • see Longevity Policy Plank
  • see Resilience and Risk Policy Plank
  • see Education in the United States Policy Plank
  • see Intellectual Property Policy Plank

6. Policy-making ought to be guided by a responsible and inclusive moral vision, taking seriously both opportunities and risks, respecting autonomy and individual rights, and showing solidarity with and concern for the interests and dignity of all people around the globe. We must also consider our moral responsibilities towards future generations.

  • see Platform Policy Causation Policy Plan
  • see Education in the United States Policy Plank
  • see Intellectual Property Policy Plank

7. We advocate the well-being of all sentience, including humans, non-human animals, and any future artificial intellects, modified life forms, or other intelligence's to which technological and scientific advance may give rise.

  • see Resilience and Risk Policy Plank
  • see Education in the United States Policy Plank

8. We favor allowing individuals wide personal choice over how they enable their lives. This includes use of techniques that may be developed to assist memory, concentration, and mental energy; life extension therapies; reproductive choice technologies; cryonics procedures; and many other possible human modification and enhancement technologies.

  • see Resilience and Risk Policy Plank
  • see Freedom of Self Policy Plank
  • see Education in the United States Policy Plank
  • see Intellectual Property Policy Plank

- from the Transhumanist Declaration to which all TNC policy follows this intent

Scientific Basis and Causation Policy Plank

Where Causation is defined as referring to the following: The act or fact of causing; the relation of cause to effect; causality; anything that produces an effect; cause. Based on the Transhumanist Declaration including the following Declaration point 6.

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The TNC believes in consulting with scientific experts on the risks, costs and expected outcomes of each policy before it is adopted into our official platform. The TNC believes that while it is not always possible to establish clear causation in all cases, it is a requisite for those policies that lend themselves to establishing causation. The TNC also believes policy programs should be subject to continual analysis, and programs that are not empirically validated should be removed or replaced. Furthermore, the TNC believes that outcomes should be optimized, so a moderately successful program should not be continued for the sake of tradition if a better option is to present itself.

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The TNC strongly supports and emphasizes all values and organized efforts related to the cultivation of science, reason, intelligence, and rational thinking.

The TNC places no reliance upon any and all sources of information that cannot stand up to rational scrutiny.

The TNC places no reliance upon any individual, organization, or belief system that intentionally distorts empirically verifiable evidence, including but not limited to scientific and historical evidence, to serve its own agenda.

The TNC places no reliance upon any position or belief system that contains arguments built upon logical fallacies (with exemption granted to arguments containing both fallacious and logically defensible premises and then only on a case by case basis).

Resilience and Risk Policy Plank

Based on the declaration including the following: (3, 4, 5, 7 and 8)

In support of the United States’ and our civilization’s resilience, the TNC supports the inclusion of resilience-building activities and risk-management thinking as part of the ethical advancement of technology insofar as it does not impede such advancement.

The TNC believes that existential risk should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, regardless of the type of threat. The TNC supports programs that promote a long-term approach to understanding how what we do as a society affects others and our long-term sustainability and resiliency as a civilization. The TNC is focused on ensuring that societies are cognizant of the risks of such collective actions. Programs that include education and promote a wider long-term view or approach to problems will help society the most, and these are programs the TNC seeks to support. The TNC would like to see long-term thinking become a more common part of our culture and so holds that programs which align with this outlook should be funded by responsible citizens.

  • An example of the kinds of programs the TNC may support is the Long Now Foundation, whose vision states that the Long Now has the goal of being the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. The Long Now Foundation hopes to foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years, including through the pursuit of long-term projects like the Clock of the Long Now and the Library of Civilization.[1]

Longevity Policy Plank

The TNC advocates for the treatment of aging as a disease and the positioning of longevity medicine as a key focus on of government in the United States. This include's advocacy for focusing on and enabling the development of therapies for all diseases, as well as therapies to stop or reverse biological aging and its consequences and, ultimately, the elimination of involuntary death whenever it is possible and if the person wishes such. Our most advanced sciences and technologies allow us to foresee the possibility of extreme longevity for human beings, as well as the rational and ethical elimination of many of our other related health problems. We advocate the prompt, judicious use of these new technologies in order to eliminate as soon as possible the cause of two of every three deaths in the world (100,000 deaths per day) from aging.

Key elements can include:

  • Improving the regulatory environment for research and longevity medicine,
  • Increased research funding in the form of grants for longevity medicine,
  • Removing legal restrictions as much as possible including the Repeal or Remove all State and Federal restrictions to the funding and use of stem cell research,
  • Legalize germline genetic modification of humans as well as removal of restrictions on voluntary human trials,
  • Repeal or Amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow increased research opportunities on all currently controlled substances,
  • Reform of clinical trial paths for enhancement drugs and genetic and anti-aging.
  • The widening of research related incentives around longevity medicine.

Key references from the declaration include: 1, 2 and 5

Education in the United States Policy Plank

Based on the declaration including the following: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)

The United States has upheld basic education since the American Revolution. The TNC believes, in keeping with what basic education was in the 1700s, relative to the state of technology given the advancement in society at the time, that ”basic” education should be defined as college, and that a key part of our agenda is to help encourage a more successful generation by paying for a ”basic” education up to and including college degrees.

see [Education in the United States]

World Political Transhumanist Movement Policy Plank

The TNC recognizes that the United States is part of a larger community in the world and in recognizing a larger need supports international efforts such as a international transhumanist community and organisation in forwarding an international political agenda around transhumanist thought especially as it relates TNC policy and platform agenda items.

Universal Basic Income Policy Plank

TNC supports a Universal Basic Income. Currently, the United States spends more than 1 trillion US Dollars on welfare-related expenses. That sum would be reduced significantly if it was used to replace the current welfare system with a basic universal income. This would lower costs, reduce federal government bureaucracy, provide more support for more people, and be less invasive and paternalistic. It can be done without work disincentives.

The TNC supports a policy structure for a basic income that could be as simple as a flat tax for everyone, of which an equivalent share of the United States budget would be divided by the amount of population, with the resulting amount sent to everyone who files a tax return in a given year. The basic income could be apportioned monthly in a process where the filing and administration are mostly managed by individual employers to keep overall bureaucratic or administrative costs to a minimum.

Freedom of Self Policy Plank

Based on the Transhumanist Declaration (in particular, Declaration item 8).

The TNC upholds morphological freedom—the right to do with one’s physical attributes or intelligence whatever one wants so long as it does not directly harm others.

The TNC considers morphological freedom to include the prerogative for a sentient intelligence to set forth in advance provisions for how to handle its physical manifestation, should that intelligence enter into a vegetative, unconscious, or similarly inactive state, notwithstanding any legal definition of death. For instance, a cryonics patient should be entitled to determine in advance that the patient’s body shall be cryopreserved and kept under specified conditions, in spite of any legal definition of death that might apply to that patient under cryopreservation.

The TNC also recognizes that morphological freedom entails the duty to treat all sapients as individuals instead of categorizing them into arbitrary subgroups or demographics, including as yet undefined subcategorizations that may arise as sapience evolves.

The TNC is focused on the rights of all sapient individuals to do as they see fit with themselves and their own reproductive choices.

However, the TNC holds that the proper exercise of morphological freedom must also ensure that any improvement of the self should not result in involuntary harms directly inflicted upon others. Furthermore, the TNC recognizes any sentient entity to have the freedom not to modify itself without being subject to negative political repercussions, which include but are not limited to legal and/or socio-economic repercussions.

The TNC recognizes the ethical obligations of sapient beings to be the purview of those individual beings, and holds that no other group, individual, or government has the right to limit those choices – including genetic manipulation or other biological manipulation or any other modifications up to and including biological manipulation, mechanical manipulation, life extension, reproductive choice, reproductive manipulation, cryonics, or other possible modifications, enhancements, or morphological freedoms. It is only when such choices directly infringe upon the rights of other sapient beings that the TNC will work to develop policies to avoid potential infringements.

Intellectual Property Policy Plank

Based on the Transhumanist Declaration (in particular Declaration items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6).

The TNC supports an approach to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights that insures that knowledge is disseminated or prevented from lock out for long periods of time to the general population. The TNC recognizes that while restrictions on commercial application through patents does help cover the cost of development, provide incentives for invention and allow inventors to profit from their work and recoup those expenses such advancements should not nor can they ethically be withheld from the use any all when such IP improves the lives of any citizen. Therefore the TNC looks to support laws and policy that is more considerate to the rights of the population and does not create monopolies on technology especially health and medicine technologies. The TNC also seeks to expand fair use legislation to allow any input that can be taken in via any normal sense which can be copied and used for fair use as long as it is not for commercial purposes or otherwise abused. This in particular applies to people as they become enhanced with various technologies in which their digital "memory" and cybernetic systems count as any other sense and therefore have the right to record and reuse privately anything they like with in the confines of themselves just as is true of biological memory today.

Freedom of Innovation Policy Plank

The TNC supports maximum individual liberty to engage in scientific and technological innovation for the improvement of the self and the human species. In particular, the TNC supports all rationally, scientifically grounded research efforts for curing diseases, lengthening lifespans, achieving functional, healthy augmentations of the body and brain, and increasing the durability and youthfulness of the human organism. The TNC holds that all such research efforts should be rendered fully lawful and their products should be made fully available to the public within the limits of the Intellectual Property Policy Plank where the Patent rights and related IP rights are maintained by those inventors to appropriate lengths, as long as no individual is physically harmed without that individual’s consent or defrauded by misrepresentation of the effects of a possible treatment or substance.

Religion Policy Plank (DRAFT)

The TNC affirms the first amendment to the United States Constitution on the separation of church and state and in doing so the TNC will operate with the assertion that we as a political organization do not have a policy on religion save support for the United States Constitution's first amendment. The TNC shall make no policy or no rule, internally or externally, nor advocate for any rule, law or policy that should discriminate based on religion or other personal philosophies recognizing freedom in all things relates to self-following the guidance of the United States Constitution.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States for additional reference material.

Expectation of Privacy Policy Plan (DRAFT)

The TNC strongly supports individual privacy and liberty over how to apply technology to one’s personal life. The TNC holds that each individual should remain completely sovereign in the choice to disclose or not disclose personal activities, preferences, and beliefs within the public sphere. As such, the TNC opposes all forms of mass surveillance and any intrusion by governmental or private institutions upon non-coercive activities that an individual has chosen to retain within his, her, or its private sphere. However, the TNC also recognizes that no individuals should be protected from peaceful criticism of any matters that those individuals have chosen to disclose within the sphere of public knowledge and discourse.

Anti-Bigotry Policy Plank (DRAFT)

The TNC abhors all racism, xenophobia, sexism, ageism, gender, genetic, and other biological and sociocultural biases and prejudices. Accordingly, the TNC condemns any hostile discrimination or legal restrictions on the basis of national origin, skin color, birthplace, ancestry, gender identity, or any manner of circumstantial attribute tied to a person’s lineage or accident of birth. Furthermore, the TNC strongly opposes any efforts to close national borders, restrict immigration of peaceful individuals, or deny opportunities to individuals on the basis of ethnicity, race, or national origin in so far as the integrity of the United States Sovereignty is at risk. The TNC unequivocally condemns all demagogues who seek to segregate individuals on the basis of national origin, race, or ethnicity. In doing so the rule of law must be placed above issues where the TNC disagrees we therefore advocate for the change of laws and not disobedience to existing laws.

Concerted Research Policy Plank (DRAFT)

The TNC supports concerted research in effort to eradicate disease and illness that wreak havoc upon and cause death of sapient beings. We strongly advocate the increase and redirection of research funds to conduct research and experiments and to explore life, science, technology, medicine, and extraterrestrial realms to improve all sentient entities.

Support of Emerging Technologies (DRAFT)

The TNC supports all emerging technologies that have the potential to improve the human condition — including but not limited to autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, economical solar power, safe nuclear power, hydroelectricity, geothermal power, applications for the sharing of durable goods, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, rapid transit, 3D printing, vertical farming, electronic devices to detect and respond to trauma, and beneficial genetic modification of plants, animals, and human beings.

Smart Infrastructure Policy Plank (DRAFT)

The TNC advocates the construction of a self-repairing, self-maintaining smart infrastructure which incorporates the distribution of energy, communications, and clean potable water to every building.