Ep. 17 - William Gillis on Anarcho-Transhumanism

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by anarcho-transhumanist William Gillis. William currently serves as Coordinating Director of the Center for a Stateless Society and an editor of “Anarcho-Transhuman - A Journal of Radical Possibility & Striving”. His writing can also be found on his personal page, Human Iterations. We discuss the concept of anarcho-transhumanism, William’s past as a primitivist, existential risk, AI, and more.

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Show Notes

  • What is anarcho-transhumanism? [2:00]
  • How William discovered transhumanism [3:03]
  • How William shifted from primitivism to transhumanism [5:05]
  • Anarcho-Transhuman: A Journal of Radical Possibility & Striving [7:50]
  • Anarcho-Transhuman Issue #4: Space? [9:04]
  • Ubiquitous nukes & printing AR-15s [10:50]
  • Choices: Primitivism, Authoritarianism, Extinction, or Anarchism [15:00]
  • Ryan's Opinion: the utopian anarchist future is unlikely and flawed [20:00]
  • Complexity & the Social Singularity [22:04]
  • Humans as predictable machines [26:26]
  • An anarchist’s thoughts on transhumanist politics [27:27]
  • Thoughts on an AI government [29:00]
  • The potential of blockchain, cryptocurrency, & DAOs [32:22]
  • Resources to learn more about anarchism & anarcho-transhumanism [34:55]
  • Where to find William and his work [37:23]


Fermi Paradox
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Party
Peter Gelderloos
- Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation
- Anarchy Works: Examples of Anarchist Ideas in Practice
Kevin Carson
- Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective
- The Desktop Regulatory State
- Studies in Mutualist Political Economy
Elinor Ostrom
Voltairine de Cleyre
Errico Malatesta
"An Anarcho-Transhumanist Manifesto"

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