Extropy Institute continues to
support critical research and development of sciences and
technologies of human enhancement. For further information on
our 2004 Vital Progress Summit please follow this link: About
the VP Summit
In late 2006, Extropy Institute
closed. ExI's Strategic Plan explains the details of this
decision and the potential for the future of ideas that were
generated during ExI's lifetime.
The philosophy of Extropy continues on into
This website is the "Library of Transhumanism, Extropy and the Future".
The Extropy e-mail list
continues to be very active and is the main venue for transhumanists
and one of the best places on the Internet to meet transhumanists for challenging and creative discussions about the
Welcome to website of Extropy Institute, the original force behind the philosophy and global
cultural movement of transhumanism. We welcome you to
join our efforts in promoting
The Proactionary Principle.
The world needs critical thinkers now!
What is Extropy Institute? Extropy Institute is a think
tank ideas market for the future of social
change brought about by consequential technologies. Our Board of Directors,
Proactive Supporters bring together diverse
ideas about the future. Our approach
is proactive, our focus critical, and our ideas are principled in
addressing social concerns and questions that will make or break the
future of humanity. Extropy
Institute has been pioneering critical and creative thinking about
the future for the past 17 years.
The Mission of ExI has been to serve its members by ensuring a reputable,
open environment for discussing the impacts of emerging technologies
and for collaborating with diversely-skilled experts in exploring
the future of humanity.
As a philosophical and cultural
organization, our goals include being an international resource for
strategic thinking about the
future. Specific outcomes of our vision over the years have
been recognized through publications, conferences, virtual summits,
university courses, extropy-chat email list, and
members' projects; working toward
designing our future. The outcomes are
located on our
Support the ideas vital to our future by
participating in the global community and become
and support the Proactionary Principle.
The current project:
ExI Project No. 1 -
As human lives and the global
environment become ever more interconnected with technology, we
become increasingly responsible for making wise decisions about how
to use it. We need a balanced opinion on how to apply
technology to human needs. We should not reject the products of applied science;
neither should we implement powerful new technologies without
foresight and proactive preparation. Above all, we must not tackle
the decisions of the future with the cognitive habits of the past.
We need new, smarter ways to evaluate the opportunities and dangers
issuing from nanotechnology, genetics, machine intelligence, climate
engineering, or neurological modification. The Proactionary
Principle (ProP) is designed explicitly for this purpose.
The Mission of ExI in its transformational change is to serve its members
by developing a core group to encourage and support the furtherance
of the Proactionary Principle.
Vision: Our core group uses the most advanced decision-making
and forecasting methods to promote critical and creative thinking
about emerging technologies. We advise the public and private
sectors on policies and initiatives to better manage risks and
maximize benefits and opportunities arising from emerging
technologies. Our passion is helping others to improve
decision-making about these technologies, especially those
presenting challenges without precedent—sometimes even affecting the
human condition itself.