Xapiens (sapiens for wise being and “X” for the unknown) is MIT’s first interdisciplinary collective seeking to tackle the technical and existential issues surrounding the use of technology to overcome the limitations of the human mind & body. We aim to provide a community for those interested in transhumanism through conferences, technical project support, exclusive meetings with academia and industry leaders, and annual reports about the state-of-art technology. We work to empower the members of the MIT community and beyond to learn, participate, and make an impact in the many fields of human enhancement.
Xapiens was founded in 2018 Fall and became ASA recognized in Spring 2019. Until recognition all the talks and events were sponsored by Directors of Xapiens. As of Spring 2019, we have 130+ members on our Slack channel and 700+ followers on Social Media. We have hosted 35+ group/officer meetings, 10+ talks with attendance ranging from 10 to 100+ people from MIT, Harvard and beyond. In Spring 2019 we officially kicked off the group with “The Future of Humanity“ symposium (see Events page) where we had talks and panels from distinguished scientists from MIT and Harvard and entrepreneurs where 850+ people were in attendance (2K+ people expressed interest) and some portions of the recording were watched by 28K+ viewers. The event was sponsored by Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research.