What is Transhumanism?

According to Wikipedia, transhumanism is “An international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging and hypothetical technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.” To put this more concisely, transhumanism is the most recent evolution of an idea which is as old as civilization itself – using technology to improve our lives.

What we do

Our main activity is to organize events exposing the general Stanford public to transhumanist ideas. We host the annual Advancing Humanity Symposium – a one-day event featuring speakers from various fields related to transhumanism, such as life extension, artificial intelligence, and consciousness engineering – every Spring quarter, and we’ve had amazing speakers such as James Fadiman present. We also organize a few smaller events during the school year.