TECHNO-PROGRESSIVISM or TECH-PROGRESSIVISM is a stance of active support for the convergence of technological change and social change . Techno-progressives 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.
* 1 Stance * 2 Contrasting stance * 3 List of notable techno-progressive social critics * 4 Controversy * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links
Strong techno-progressive positions include support for the civil right of a person to either maintain or modify his or her own mind and body , on his or her own terms, through informed, consensual recourse to, or refusal of, available therapeutic or enabling biomedical technology .
During the November 2014 Transvision Conference , many of the leading transhumanist organizations signed the Technoprogressive Declaration. The Declaration stated the values of technoprogressivism.
BIOCONSERVATISM (a portmanteau word combining "biology " and "conservatism ") is a stance of hesitancy about technological development especially if it is perceived to threaten a given social order . Strong bioconservative positions include opposition to genetic modification of food crops , the cloning and genetic engineering of livestock and pets , and, most prominently, rejection of the genetic, prosthetic, and cognitive modification of human beings to overcome what are broadly perceived as current human biological and cultural limitations.
Bioconservatives range in political perspective from right-leaning religious and cultural conservatives to left-leaning environmentalists and technology critics . What unifies bioconservatives is skepticism about medical and other biotechnological transformations of the living world . Typically less sweeping as a critique of technological society than bioluddism , the bioconservative perspective is characterized by its defense of the natural , deployed as a moral category.
Although techno-progressivism is the stance which contrasts with bioconservatism in the biopolitical spectrum, both techno-progressivism and bioconservatism, in their more moderate expressions, share an opposition to unsafe, unfair, undemocratic forms of technological development, and both recognize that such developmental modes can facilitate unacceptable recklessness and exploitation , exacerbate injustice and incubate dangerous social discontent.
LIST OF NOTABLE TECHNO-PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL CRITICS
* Technocritic Dale Carrico with his accounts of techno-progressivism * Philosopher Donna Haraway with her accounts of cyborg theory . * Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff with his accounts of open source .
* Cultural critic
Technocritic Dale Carrico, an academic known for using term "techno-progressive" as a shorthand to describe progressive politics that emphasize technoscientific issues, has expressed concern that some transhumanist ideologues are using the term to describe themselves, with the consequence of possibly misleading the public regarding their actual cultural, social and political views, which may or may not be compatible with critical techno-progressivism.
* ^ A B C D Carrico, Dale (2004). "The Trouble with
"Transhumanism": Part Two". Retrieved 2007-01-28.
* ^ A B C D E F Carrico, Dale (2005). "Technoprogressivism Beyond
Technophilia and Technophobia". Retrieved 2007-01-28.
* ^ Carrico, Dale (2006). "The Politics of Morphological Freedom".
* ^ Technoprogressive Declaration - Transvision 2014, Institute for
Ethics and Emerging Technologies
* ^ Huesemann, Michael H., and Joyce A. Huesemann (2011).