The philosophy of Zero State and the Wave movement is summarized as a set of principles, arranged in five categories. Our principles emphasise community, compassionate ethics, and rational approaches to technology.
You can find the latest version of the Wave Principles here, in PDF format. The Zero State Constitution (including list rules) can also be found as a PDF in our documents folder (zero state.net/documents).
Beyond the principles, philosophy within ZS is organised as one of our project categories known as Aspects. Key philosophy projects include the following:
The Human Augmentation Lab (HAL) is a new project: A small team of volunteer researchers studying issues related to the technological enhancement or augmentation of human capabilities. This work is intended to proceed in collaboration with other projects within ZS, in addition to external research groups of various types. Unlike other ZS projects which are focused on practical, social and technological outcomes, HAL is focused on writing and publishing collaborative research papers.
The aim of this activity is both to promote the idea that the human condition can and should be improved through technology, and to build reputable collaborative relationships between ZS and other organizations.
The Strategic Threat Assessment & Response (STAR) group is being developed to work on systems for identifying, assessing, and planning effective responses to serious threats against ZS (either individual ZS members, or the movement as a whole). The project will focus on short- and medium-term threats rather than relatively long-term “Existential Risks” (or “X-Risks”; e.g. asteroid strike or bad Singularity), which are already studied extensively by groups such as the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.
The critical feature of any risk which determines whether it is of interest to us is whether it represents a threat to Zero State members or critical resources. The focus of the project will be very much pragmatic – leading to the development of rapidly-deployable contingencies for emergency situations – rather than in any way abstruse or academic.
Initially, the project will look into two categories of threat scenario. The first category will be that of action by organized groups – particularly States and political organizations – against ZS members or ZS as a whole. This will include a range of possibilities from low-level violence to legal action and outright bans. The second category will be that of natural disasters which impact individual ZS members or critical ZS infrastructure. The question of digital threats (e.g. DDoS attacks) will be handled separately, by the Information Infrastructure (INF) team.