Technology is changing everything. For the first time in our history the inhabitants of planet earth are connected and we have generated a huge interconnected brain that operates 24/7 globally. Now digital nations are being created… in VillaJardines
On December 6th, 2016 the first Transhumanist Digital Nation was funded in Madrid. A group of 50 citizens involved in science and technology decided to test what will be expected to be normal in the 2030s.
The word nation comes from the Latin nātio (derived from nāscor, to be born). A nation is usually a set of people who share historical and cultural ties, who are aware of belonging to the same community, communicate in the same language and share a common territory. In the same way, a digital nation would encompass, under a concept of a peer community, a group of people who share values and knowledge and build their collective consciousness under a digital territory. In the end, a digital nation would be a connected social community that has a common political organization under a digital territory with own governing bodies, being sovereign and independent from other digital communities.
Digital nations are expected for the 2030s decade, but it will not be necessary to wait fifteen years to observe their creation. In 2016 we have already witnessed the birth of two of them. On 28 October, the creation of Asgardia, promoted by the Aerospace International Research Centre (Vienna, Austria), was announced by UNESCO (Paris). On 6 December, the Transhumanist Digital Nation was funded in Madrid, promoted by Thinkeers and Fundación Vida Plus. In both cases, the goal is to generate a connected structure of knowledge by content-producing citizens who digitally express their opinion on how they believe their particular nation should be. It will be the members of both new nations who will decide their values and symbols. We will decide our own Constitution, values and laws, under a scheme of digital reputation that will operate under a single currency, trust, the new 21st century gold.