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Techno-progressivism or tech-progressivism["citation needed] 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.
Techno-progressivism maintains that accounts of "progress should focus on "scientific and "technical dimensions, as well as "ethical and "social ones. For most techno-progressive perspectives, then, the growth of scientific knowledge or the accumulation of technological powers will not represent the achievement of proper progress unless and until it is accompanied by a "just distribution of the "costs, risks, and benefits of these new knowledges and capacities. At the same time, for most techno-progressive "critics and "advocates, the achievement of "better democracy, greater "fairness, less violence, and a wider "rights culture are all desirable, but inadequate in themselves to confront the quandaries of contemporary technological societies unless and until they are accompanied by "progress in science and technology to support and implement these values.
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.["better source needed]
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.
"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.