We're building a future where suffering is biologically impossible.
Our research targets the genetic capacity to suffer.
We believe that technology will abolish suffering in all sentient life. This project is hugely ambitious but technically feasible. It is also instrumentally rational and morally urgent. The metabolic pathways of pain and malaise evolved because they served the fitness of our genes in the ancestral environment. We predict that they will be replaced by a different sort of neural architecture - a motivational system based on heritable gradients of intelligent bliss. States of sublime well-being are destined to become the genetically pre-programmed norm of mental health. Indeed, the world's last unpleasant experience will be a precisely dateable event.
Two hundred years ago, powerful synthetic pain-killers and surgical anesthetics were unknown. The notion that physical pain could be banished from most people's lives would have seemed absurd. Today most of us in the technically advanced nations take its routine absence for granted. The prospect that what we describe as psychological pain, too, could ever be banished is equally counter-intuitive. The feasibility of its abolition turns its deliberate retention into an issue of social policy and ethical choice.
Invincible Wellbeing is focused on the practical, incremental medical benefits of alleviating suffering in patients and nominally healthy people alike. There are already healthy individuals with single gene mutations liberating them from pain and anxiety. We currently possess the technological capacity to endow our future children with the same suffering-free lives. Technologies like CRISPR are also paving the way for living individuals to voluntarily opt-out of suffering as well.
We remain cognizant of the potential evolutionary and game-theoretic implications of such work. The core mechanisms driving suffering are highly conserved across species. Therefore, rooting out suffering in one organism will unlock insights into curing suffering across the entire tree of life. Phasing out our legacy wetware promises to end the miseries of disease, poverty, war, factory farming, and even wild animal suffering. Nature need no longer be 'red in tooth and claw'. To this end, we engage in research and partner with other scientific institutions to create a world with invincible wellbeing for all.