Freedom of form encapsulates how you want to interact with the world as a person. That ranges from sufficiently restoring function to patients after injury, to gender affirmation treatments, to individuals who get tattoos or body art, to simply getting hair cuts or putting on makeup, to body hackers pushing beyond normal biological function. And of course, freedom of form includes the concept of ambitious, full-body changes to fit one’s personality and sense of identity. While some of the above qualities are viewed as fringe or matters of debate, they shouldn’t be. We stand wholeheartedly with the rights of individuals to choose how they interact with the world, including how they appear, and we are doing everything in our power to accommodate and accelerate freedom of form.
We’ve been encouraged by recent scientific progress in prosthetics, neural interfaces, gene therapy, stem cells, surgical methods, and other breakthroughs in medicine. These are showing great promise and success in improving the lives of patients with incapacitating and chronic diseases, disorders, and disabilities. While funding for these efforts provided by governments and private foundations are focused on solving diseases and disorders, we think the technology has revolutionary applications beyond healing and restoration.
And this is where we come in. There are both scientific challenges and social and legal factors that need addressed in order to satisfy what we believe you should be able to do.
Our strategy consists of research, outreach, education, and community building.
Our research is primarily technical, and we’re working on both internal research and making research possible externally. We’re also attentive to the social and legal areas as well. In all cases, we’re focusing on building systems and translatable knowledge. We’re fully aware of the degree of challenges, and that is why we are steadily building platforms and structuring knowledge based on what we know. It’s no good worrying about what isn’t known, and we have little patience for one-off studies that don’t stand the test of time. Check out our research ->
Our outreach activities are focused on meeting and talking with people and organizations, learning from them, and introducing them to our organization and mission as well. We’ve held three panels to date, including at Anthro New England and Indy Fur Con. So far, we’ve talked with Aubrey de Gray (along with The Futurist Foundation), Anders Sandberg, Hugh Herr, and Master Tailer of the Tail Company to get their insights, and those interviews are online. More discussions increase the chances of creating a movement and self-sustaining research enterprise. Take a look at our interviews on our media page ->
For education, we’re hosting informative seminars, such as an interactive lecture we hosted with Devin Proctor, as well as a couple introductory biology seminars we have held so far. In addition, we’re hosting a podcast, where we talk through timely issues and explore them in a small discussion format. You can review our seminars and podcasts on our media page as well ->
And finally, for community building, we’re motivated to help people cross paths, in a genuine and supportive environment, no matter what their field of expertise is. We’re empowering everyone to excel and make their own positive impact on the world. And to be clear, none of us are Nobel Prize winners: we celebrate the ability of everyone to make an impact one small step at a time. Learn about how you can join our community on Discord ->
With the rapid advancement of bioscience, and the increasing attention of both advocates and skeptics towards biotechnology, this is our best chance to help guide the future of biological research for the foreseeable future.
Together, we can make the phrase “be what you want to be” a reality.