THE CHRONICLES OF QI introduces the term EXTROPIANISM. As follows, I'm trying to give a glimpse into its foundation.
To understand EXTROPIANISM, one must acknowledge the fact that most people are scared of a technological evolution and fear that robots will take over the world one day. What society likes to forget easily is that we already live in a world managed by technology, reaching so far that I dare to say that we have Cyborgs living among us with their pacemakers, prosthetics and braces. Even the tiny metal bonded lingual retainer glued to the back of my teeth can be counted as a biomechatronic body part. Hence, to be politically correct, I could not tick the human box anymore.
Biomechatronics is an applied interdisciplinary science that aims to integrate biology, mechanics, and electronics. It also encompasses the fields of robotics and neuroscience. Biomechatronic devices encompass a wide range of applications from the development of prosthetic limbs to engineering solutions concerning respiration, vision, and the cardiovascular system.
A cyborg, short for "cybernetic organism", is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts. The term cyborg is not the same thing as bionic, biorobot or android; it applies to an organism that has restored function or enhanced abilities due to the integration of some artificial component or technology that relies on some sort of feedback. While cyborgs are commonly thought of as mammals, including humans, they might also conceivably be any kind of organism.
In my personal opinion, instead of using movies to demonize fringe technologies, Hollywood should make an example and create stories that furthermore explain the benefits of a technological evolution and introduce fringe technologies that will end war, poverty and help society to reach for the stars.
With THE CHRONICLES OF QI franchise, we will do exactly that and paint the bigger picture of a future-society which is based on the advanced philosophy of Extropy by giving the audience a glimpse of how humans, technology and nature can coexist in a post-apocalyptic world that has been recently terraformed.
So what exactly is the philosophy of Extropy or the extropian principles? And I'd like to stress the word 'philosophy' at this point because Extropianism is not a form of politics such as the classic democracy, socialism or communism.
Below a brief breakdown:
Extropianism is a transhumanist philosophy. The Extropian Principles define a specific version or “brand” of transhumanist thinking. Like humanists, transhumanists favor reason, progress, and values centered on the well-being rather than on an external religious authority. Transhumanists take humanism further by challenging human limits by means of science and technology combined with critical and creative thinking. They challenge the inevitability of aging and death, and seek continuing enhancements to their intellectual abilities, physical capacities, and emotional development. They see humanity as a transitory stage in the evolutionary development of intelligence. Extropians advocate using science to accelerate their move from human to a transhuman or posthuman condition.
As physicist Freeman Dyson once said:
Humanity looks to me like a magnificent beginning but not the final word.
These Principles are not presented as absolute truths or universal values. The Principles codify and express those attitudes and approaches affirmed by those who describe themselves as “Extropian”. Extropian thinking offers a basic framework for thinking about the human condition.
Last but not least, the philosophy of Extropy eliminates the fear of death with its Death Anxiety Dogma on which culture, religion, the monetary system and politics are based on. By understanding and executing the principles of the philosophy of Extropy, one will get one step closer to the evolution of consciousness with its linked secrets of immortality.
As for the Qi story, we see the A-Nation not separated into many countries or continents but as one united nation with three municipal A-Nation dome cities on the newly terraformed continents of Greater Asia, America and Africa, and with the AN-CDC in former China (Zhong Guo - middle kingdom), on the New Asia Plateau, at its very center.