stems from the word extropy
, which means "the opposite of entropy
". Its followers believe that an ever-accelerating progression to higher intelligence (due to processes like evolution
and technological progress) will happen. Whether this leads to a so-called technological singularity
or just continues in an exponential-growth fashion
is subject of debate amongst them. In general, they tend to have an optimistic view of the future, expecting big advances in computational power, life expectancy, nanotechnology
and the like; possibly culminating in the eventual perfection of humanity, including immortality
, by technological means.
An extropian is the follower of the philosophy of the Extropian Institute, which is a form of transhumanism, with a strong emphasis on libertarian politics. Extropianism was founded by Max More, who founded the institute and coined the word.