A transhumanist congressman? In Italy? Seriously?
Yes. In July, Italy — ironically, a stronghold of the Catholic Church — became the first major Western nation to elect an active transhumanist.
Giuseppe Vatinno, a member of the Italian Parliament, ran on a platform of “politics that strive to improve the human condition, making use of appropriate advanced technologies.”
And not a moment too soon, as Italy slides dangerously toward bankruptcy and urgently needs a new direction.
How did this happen?
Transhumanism1 — the idea that we can radically change ourselves by merging with technology — already had a precedent in Italy: former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi invested in MolMed, which aims to raise average life expectancy to 120 years and beyond — perhaps to continue ruling until that age? And transhumanism was already present in the work of the Futurist movement of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, which had an important influence in Italian politics in the first half of the 20th century, and is explicitly transhumanist in its modern revival.