The US Transhumanist party is small party that put emphasis on science and technology for fulfilling the aspirations of humanity. Indeed - there are very, very few limits in science. E.g. inertial fusion has been proven experimentally, there are artificial general intelligence research (achieving human-level and super-human artificial intelligence), there is indefinite human life extension and rejuvenation research (e.g. Yamanaka factors), humanoid robotics, multiverses etc., etc. I am mentioning here only the edge cases of scientific research. Of course, engineering sciences are doing almost miracuously, but almost everyone is aware of it already, so, no need to reiterate this here. The only limits the current science mentions are connected with the Goedel theorems and computability (Church-Turing thesis), all the other problems - superhuman AI, rejuvenation and immortality, multiverses - are more or less actively researched (there are peer-reviewed publications, learned societies, conferences, defended PhD thesis and so on) and at least large fraction of scientific community believes that those goals are achievable and there is need for active work and investment in these areas.
So - that is background for my question - current science and technologies provides possibility for complete transformation of work and society and yet - why so few political forces rely on such possibilities? E.g. even leftist parties sometimes agree to the right wing views that resources for current welfare state are limited and the social-economic cuts are necessary. But how the resources can be limited if science provides so much opportunities for automation, robotization, why political forces does not see the problem-solving nature of science and technology?
As I said - I am aware only of Transhumanism party in US that puts so strong focus on science and technology. But are there mainstream parties in Europe that have similar agendas? I recently reviewed Corbyn ideas (these are accessible to me, because they are expressed in English, not in smaller European languages) and found little evidence for support of science and technology. My impression is that science and technology can replace or at least make meaningful the redistributional policies of left wing parties (sometimes even the low and middle income people are against redistributional policies, e.g. due to fear of rebirth of socialism), so - why don't left wing parties take up this idea?
Point added: My question refers to the fertile marriage between science and technology. Not all the green movements come from such marriage. E.g. there is "Hands-free hectare" experiment and harvesting robotics but green movements prefer less industry in agriculture and therefore more wasted human work and less production. Green movements are against pesticides although science is not against moderate use of them, GMO is open question as well in science. Green movements prefer lifestyle changes although science predicts that geoengineering and other bold solutions will be needed to stop or reverse climate changes and lifestyle changes will not be enough.
Point added: Of course, my question involves the relevant social policies as well. E.g. there are currently such technologies already available as robotic waste sorting, robotic filleting and fish processing, and additionally harvesting and some kind of construction robots are in the final stages of verification. There is industry of robotic surgery, so, there are no fundamental limits for robotization of slaughterhouses and meat processing. Economic incentives and political decisions regarding technology use sometimes is the biggest question than the availability of the technology itself today. So, of course, technologically oriented party should have strong and sound socio-economic policies.
I tried to collect some explanations/possible responses to my question:
- Politicians don't see demand of science and technology policies in society. This is wrong response, because society does not demand migration but it happens and some politicians make publicly funded PR campaigns to increase support for these issues.
- Technology is not ripe today. As I said, not always such evaluation is true. But - even if technology is not ripe today, it certainly be in place during next 5-10 years and policy planning happens exactly in such horizons as well. E.g. Europe has 7 year budgeting plans and 10 year strategic development plans like Lisbon strategy and Europe 2020 strategy. Besides, many socially hard policies could be implemented more easily if governments would provide society with the hope that future will be better and less hardships will have to be experienced in the future due to returns on investments in science and technology.
- There are social issues. Of course, there are social issues coming from the automation and robotization, stagnation of wages in the past 10-15 years and increase in inequality is visible example of the impact of technology on society. But all such social issues can be solved e.g. by the proper policies, e.g. by additional tax on the technology use and by the redistribution of the income from the machine work to the society, e.g. universal basic income can be some kind of solution.
So - one can see that there are some explanations of the lack of support for technology and science but all those explanations are unjustified. There should be something else that can explain why political parties in Europe neglects this path to prosperity.