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RAFT 2035: Roadmap to Abundance, Flourishing, and Transcendence, by 2035 by [David Wood]
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RAFT 2035: Roadmap to Abundance, Flourishing, and Transcendence, by 2035 Kindle Edition

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5.0 out of 5 stars Trans-Political as much as Transhuman
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trans-Political as much as Transhuman
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2020
I don't know if "Road Map," is the right metaphor. It's more like a state-of-the-art live SatNav. It is not a rigid manifesto, it's more a dirigible strategy that takes into account some of the capricious sharp turns Reality takes. RAFT 2035 was written before Covid 19 hit, yet RAFT, post pandemic, easily absorbs it. RAFT takes for granted that there will be disasters en route to a better future and is written accordingly.

I both love and hate Transhumanism and Transhumanists. There are so many Hallelujah Transhumanists who extrapolate “the now" to predict the future, often insisting on an inevitable end or transition point to technology like the Singularity. RAFT 2035 does not do this. It is not so religious as to talk about destinies in this way. David Wood is nice and lean and secular and is interested in possibilities more than destinies. He and Transhumanists like him, just want to raise the standard of living for us all. Some of the possibilities laid out in RAFT 2035 are fantastic, to be sure, but all technology is fantastic depending on your standpoint, and David Wood is careful to plot possibilities on foundations of actuality. Much of the technology is right here, right now! The only blocks are state fundamentalism and trying to get consensus from 8 Billion people. RAFT is written to build out from our chaotic and disparate world with what we have now! In that sense, it is trans-political as well as transhuman and is not confrontational, nor is it exclusively for intellectuals and scientists.

RAFT quietly dissolves the religiosity and fundamentalism that sometimes attaches itself to futurist thinking. RAFT concerns itself with incremental, sometimes seamless, sometimes radical changes to human and planetary health, by whatever means available and at a reduced cost to all, no exceptions – none! The book takes true and complete egalitarianism as a common-sense default. Transhumanists have high hopes on faraway planets or super realms of consciousness, which is off-putting to some, but again, David Wood in RAFT 2035, offers them as potentials of varying kinds not religious certainties. The book suggests that the big dreams are things we should aspire to, but minimum standards for us all should and can be met with relative ease – certainly technologically and relatively soon, and with prizes along the way.

What RAFT sets out to do, is to augment lives in pragmatic, nuanced, high-tech, low-tech and socio-tech ways. It sets out to repair and forwardly construct our world, working collaboratively with the technologies, subcultures, religions and politics we already have. It is relativistic and inclusive in this way. RAFT knows that technologies are disparate and have their own mutations, ceilings and portals. For a book that dreams so big, the language is conservative. Every far-flung possibility one cares to discuss with David Wood is appraised by both safety and reality checks. He won’t play the speculation game when it comes to fantastic futures unless he can plot a route to it from what we have now to what can be implemented within known science. To that end, I find him to be a trustworthy author and a reliable thinker.

RAFT 2035 has a TARDIS like quality to it – it’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside! There is a WONDERFUL bibliography at the end of each section for which I was compelled to purchase a Kindle. RAFT itself, is written as a manifesto/philosophy, but the latter sections of the book is where the actionable initiatives are.

RAFT is written from a more conservative viewpoint compared to some Transhumanist literature and should therefore be the antidote for those of you who are intrigued but put off by New-Age quackery, conspiracy theories or other forms of Anorakism. RAFT is as distinct from Geek Rapture as SETI is from the Roswell Incident. I enjoyed reading RAFT, I enjoy owning it, I’m excited about using it and where it could lead. Last century, we put people on the Moon! Is eradicating a disease or significantly increasing human lifespans when we’ve done it with rats, or giving people night vision better than a cat’s really more difficult than last century spaceflight for humans? Reading RAFT 2035 has awakened me to greater wilder possibilities that somehow seem less fanciful. It has done what every book should do, it has changed my perspective on everything, but it has done so weirdly reasonably.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knows his stuff
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 May 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knows his stuff
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 May 2020
I have read RAFT 2035 and also had David as a guest on my podcast. This book in on point for the work that needs to be done. David has a deep appreciation for what technology can deliver, but when I pressed him on humanity and nature I found him to also be a strong voice for equality and having gentle footsteps upon this earth. I appreciate David for what he does; his wisdom, his generosity and his kindness. It gives me great pleasure to recommend his work.
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Pete Wakeling
5.0 out of 5 stars A new and interesting perspective
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 March 2020
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Gerald McLaughlin
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Wishful and Inappropriate Agenda
Reviewed in the United States on 24 February 2020
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