The TransHuman Code, the first interactive "knowledge platform" for managing the convergence of humanity and technology.
Informing and engaging all citizens of the world about the dynamic influences of technology in our personal, communal and professional lives, The TransHuman Code is redefining the hierarchy of needs and how we will meet them in the future.
Originated by WISeKey and authored by Carlos Moreira and David Fergusson, The TransHuman Code features key insights from the world’s premier authorities on the application of AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, IoT, and Robotics to transhuman… education, employment, communication, transportation, communities, security, government, food, finance, entertainment and health.
The TransHuman Code Davos Gathering of Minds was introduce first in January 2018 and will come back to Davos in January 2019.
The core premise of the transHuman code platform is a multi-billion-stakeholder approach to the invention of our future. We simply ask this: What if we all agreed to the meeting of our most basic, common, and critical needs? And what if we agreed to global accountability to this end? It is possible and, in many ways, quite necessary.
With enough collective intelligence and effort, this platform will, like an Artificial Intelligence powered Operating System, not only power the world we desire for humans but also guard against anything hostile to it. In doing so, it will act much like our own immune systems, able to detect a virus and immediately set out to attack it.
While it is also possible that this human-centric future we imagine will occur without global consensus, history suggests that it won’t. It is time we humble ourselves and agree that no one constituent, industry, or county has the perfect answer. There are enemies of humanity—some of whom don’t see themselves as such. There are also many self-interests posing as friends of humanity. These are difficult to spot and avoid if we are divided; they are not difficult to spot if we share the same vision. Every human matters, today. Not only from a humanitarian standpoint, either, but also from a very practical standpoint.
Next year it will be 70 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration is a ground-breaking agreement affirming the rights of individual citizens, humans, including the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to education, the right to a free and fair world and many more.
As a technological revolution, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the way we live, work and interact with one another. It also has the potential to both challenge and uphold human rights and challenge humanity all together.
Technology will define us, instead of the other way around, if we allow fragmented innovation and adoption. That’s not to say we advocate a universal system of laws to constrain us. It is to say that unless (at least) the majority of us put humanity first, and assert ourselves in this cause, another majority will arise, as it always has. And it generally forms by way of either force or finance. These cannot weigh down the future we desire, let alone derail it altogether.
It’s no longer enough to assert that democracy is supreme. Democracy must be shaped by us, through the one global relationship that can either destroy it or elevate it indefinitely: humanity’s partnership with technology. How we lead, or don’t lead, this partnership over these next few years will define life on this planet indefinitely. Let’s lead. All of us. Together.
Gathering of Minds Interviews
The TransHuman Code Davos Gathering of Minds. We are starting our Series of Interview with the world’s premier authorities on the application of AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, IoT, and Robotics to transhuman education, employment, communication, transportation, communities, security, government, food, finance, entertainment and health have started and will continue till the publication of the TransHumanCode book and launch of the platform by end of the year.
Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.
Author, The TransHuman Code
Author, The TransHuman Code
CEO, Vimana Global
Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines
Author, Exponential Organizations
Director - Human Dynamics Laboratory, MIT
Co-Founder and Chairman, Fast Track Institute
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Managing The Future of Humanity and Technology
What does it mean to be human?
Does our DNA define us? Our intellect, emotions, or will? Our soul?
Possibilities and predictions abound about the coming months but there is now consensus that machines will become as smart as humans by 2029. Between now and then, we will become increasingly transhuman—humans with more and more technological capability. This knowledge layers the human question to also ask: At what point do we, infused with artificial qualities, stop being human? … What do we ultimately want to become? … What will we become if we do nothing? For some prople and organizations a TransHuman is part of Humanity+, multidisciplinary approach in analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology." For some people it means replacing what has been lost, albeit imperfectly, with technology.
This is an initiative that delivers a long term view on the impact technology is having on all of our lives. Only David and Carlos have the foresight and network to bring together a stellar group of experts on the socio-political impact of techno-economical transformations happening on a daily basis all over the world. This is indeed a great platform to engage us all in a conversation that is so critical to our future!- Danil Kerimi, Director - Head of Digital Economy and Global Technology Policy, World Economic Forum
As bionic eyesight and hearing become widely available, will only those impaired have access? If a neural implant could eliminate dementia and Alzheimer’s, who’s to say it shouldn’t be used for ADHD, brain fatigue, or the aspiration to become a smarter person? If a robot can perform a job better than you, are you dispensable? What are the limits of Artificial Intelligence and how should it be governed?
As we navigate the days ahead, these are the conversations worthy of our attention. Together we must navigate the merger of man and machine to determine the best path between what we can do and what we will do. Our true north is a collective comprehension of what it must mean—and must not mean—to be a thriving human on a thriving planet. Our best answers will codify our best future.
This is the objective of the Transhuman Code, a profound new initiative supported by major media partners. Through a breakthrough multimedia campaign comprised of a website, app, social media campaign, major book launch, and a content subscription service, the Transhuman Code initiative will facilitate the important conversations, provide access to the latest knowledge and discoveries, and offer rare access to the key people and places on the forefront of our transhuman future.
This necessary initiative will engage and inform all citizens of the world in thoughtful dialogue about the dynamic influencers on our personal, communal and professional lives. Exploring and bringing leading expertise on how the application of technology to the infrastructure of our lives i.e. employment, education, transportation, communities, government, currency, and health can shape our future, will afford us the collective opportunity to manage the relationship between humanity and technology.
The movement is already occurring around us so there isn’t a question of participation. We are and will all be affected. The question is whether we will lead ourselves where we want to go or be passively led where we potentially don’t want to go. The Transhuman Code initiative will ensure we are taking the lead.
Digitalization is the new normal with disruptive waves to the economy, business models, consumer choices and demands.Today, we must acknowledge that we are either building a future of technological grandeur at the expense of what makes us magnificent, or we are building a future of human grandeur with the help of magnificent technology. The path we collectively choose will determine whether our future is bleak or bright.
We urge your commitment to #maketechhuman because technology shall serve people and not people serve technology. This is humanity’s manifesto for choosing wisely:
To fully reap the benefits of digitalization and technology, all humans must have quality access to connectivity. Governments shall be committed to the expansion of next-generation smart infrastructure, and establish principles of technological neutrality, through a simplified, market-oriented, and transparent regulatory environment, and through incentives to invest in less profitable areas, as well as by fostering investments for skill and capacity building.
Securing the privacy of every human being is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, personal data conveyed over the Internet or stored in devices connected to the Internet is owned and solely governed by the individual. It is paramount to protect all citizens in the all-digital age.AI systems should use tools, including anonymized data, de-identification, or aggregation to protect personally identifiable information whenever possible.
An array of emerging digital threats may harm citizens. Users must trust that their personal and sensitive data is protected and handled appropriately. We strongly support the protection of the foundation of AI and other technologies, including source code, proprietary algorithms, and other intellectual property. We believe governments should avoid requiring companies to transfer or provide access to technology, source code, algorithms, or encryption keys as conditions for doing business. We encourage governments to use strong, globally-accepted and deployed cryptography and other security standards that enable trust and interoperability. We also promote voluntary information-sharing on cyberattacks or hacks to better enable consumer protection.
Respecting the authority and autonomy of every human being is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, personal digital data will not be used as research, rationale, enticement or commodity by any entity or individual, except with the explicit, well-informed, revocable consent of the individual owner of the data.
Improving the human condition is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, a universal code of ethics reflecting the highest order of human values will govern the development, implementation, and use of technology.
6. Futureproof Skills
Advancing human faculties is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, to that end, the secure, approved, and accountable aggregation of personal information and resources to increase our individual abilities is a fundamental objective of technology.
Advocating and innovating the greatest good for all humanity is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, technology, no matter how advanced, will never supersede the spiritual purposes or the moral rights and responsibilities of any human being anywhere. Technology will serve humanity’s needs.
Democratizing human vision, ingenuity, and education is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, technology will remain humanity’s greatest collaborator but never represent humanity itself.