The Transhumanist Declaration
(The following persons contributed to the original crafting of this document: Doug Bailey, Anders Sandberg, Gustavo Alves, Max More, Holger Wagner, Natasha Vita-More, Eugene Leitl, Bernie Staring, David Pearce, Bill Fantegrossi, Doug Baily Jr., den Otter, Ralf Fletcher, Kathryn Aegis, Tom Morrow, Alexander Chislenko, Lee Daniel Crocker, Darren Reynolds, Keith Elis, Thom Quinn, Mikhail Sverdlov, Arjen Kamphuis, Shane Spaulding, Nick Bostrom)
- Humanity will be radically changed by technology in the future. We foresee the feasibility of redesigning the human condition, including such parameters as the inevitability of ageing, limitation on human and artificial intellects, unchosen psychology and physiology, suffering, and our confinement to the planet earth.
- Systematic research should be put into understanding these coming developments and their long-term consequences.
- Transhumantists think that by being generally open and embracing of new technology we have a better chance of turning it to our advantage than if we try to ban or prohibit it.
- Transhumanists advocate the moral right for those who so wish to use technology to extend their mental and physical (including reproductive) capacities, and to improve their control over their own lives. We seek personal growth beyond our current biological limitations.
- In planning for the future, it is mandatory to take into account the prospect of dramatic progress in technological capabilities. It would be tragic if the potential benefits failed to materialise because of technophobia and unnecessary prohibitions. On the other hand, it would also be tragic if intelligent life went extinct because of some disaster or war involving advanced technologies.
- We need to create forums where people can rationally debate what needs to be done, and a social order where responsible decisions can be implemented.
- Transhumanism advocates the well-being of all sentience (whether in artificial intellects, humans, posthumans or non-human animals) and encompasses many principles of modern humanism. Transhumanism does not support any particular party, politician or political platform.