Post-Scarcity Societies (That Still Have Scarcity)

One of the most alluring dreams in science fiction is the post-scarcity society — a place or time where nobody goes without, because technology has improved. But when you dig deeper, most post-scarcity worlds still have some scarcity, because otherwise it's hard to tell a story about them. See for yourself! » 9/30/14 12:23pm 9/30/14 12:23pm

What if the cost of uploading your brain is giving up your body? Forever? That's just one of the thought-provoking questions raised by Erin Biba's piece on the ethics of uploading yourself, over at Tested. » 10/14/13 3:53pm 10/14/13 3:53pm

Stop what you're doing and watch the short film Post Human right now

Behold less than six minutes of action-packed awesomeness topped with a whole lotta blood and a dollop of NSFW nudity. This short film Post Human is completely fantastic. Watch it. » 7/27/13 9:00am 7/27/13 9:00am

An Exclusive Look at How Bryan Singer's H+ is Reimagining Transhumanism

It's like something out of your Cyberpunk dreams — a painlessly injected implant that connects your nervous system to the internet. But in Bryan Singer's new webseries H+, which just launched recently, it all goes horribly wrong. This brain implant kills. » 8/13/12 2:25pm 8/13/12 2:25pm

Photos of animals wandering a post-human Dubai

When there are no longer people to build up Dubai, splash in its pools, or water the resort palm trees, all that is left behind are the empty developments, the shells of half-finished buildings, and the animals that have inherited the Earth. » 6/17/12 12:00pm 6/17/12 12:00pm

Read 2 more chapters of Daniel H. Wilson's Amped!

Yesterday, we brought you the first three chapters of Daniel H. Wilson's Amped. But how much worse can it get for Owen, the cybernetically enhanced main character in a world that hates and fears cyborgs? Much, much worse, as it turns out. Check out chapters four and five — where Owen is not only on the run, but a… » 6/01/12 1:41pm 6/01/12 1:41pm

The First 3 Chapters from Daniel H. Wilson's Thrilling New Novel Amped

First he gave us helpful advice for the robot uprising, then he wrote the robot war novel Robopocalypse. Now Daniel H. Wilson is turning his attention to the plight of cyborgs and posthumans, with his dystopian new novel Amped. And we've got the first three chapters right here! Come back tomorrow for chapters four and… » 5/31/12 4:29pm 5/31/12 4:29pm

The First Transhumans, or Why Doc Savage Lost His Superpowers

Transhumanism is a popular movement to convert ordinary humans into superhumans, using technology. For 20 years, transhumanism has been a favored topic of futurists, who see it as a possible salvation for humanity. » 3/30/12 9:00am 3/30/12 9:00am

Rudy Rucker explains why the quest for immortality is a waste of your…

Over at Boing Boing, there's a must-read interview with rebel author Rudy Rucker, in which he reflects on weird physics and his various storytelling inspirations. And he delivers this gem, about the widespread obsession with living forever: » 2/20/12 6:20am 2/20/12 6:20am

Amber Case: Technology has reversed the isolation we experienced from…

Core77 has a nice interview with "cyborg anthropoloigst" Amber Case, who claims that "Good technology should make you superhuman." She makes an interesting case (no pun intended) that the Industrial Revolution disconnected people from each other, when "everyone was distributed by highways and cars and stretched out… » 1/10/12 3:36pm 1/10/12 3:36pm

How should Christians feel about Transhumanism?

Christianity teaches that the saved will live together, and many Christians believe in the Rapture, when the chosen few will be lifted up, leaving just their clothes behind. So how should Christians feel about ideas like Transhumanism and the Singularity, which involve another way to transcend your physical form and… » 12/12/11 3:30pm 12/12/11 3:30pm

Computers can accelerate our collective intelligence to an unheard…

Over at FT.com, Tim O'Reilly has a must-read essay about the symbiosis between humans and computers. We're already propagating our knowledge and our culture at a much faster rate than in the past, he argues, and the next step is computers that can learn from "the activity of human teachers" but then notice things the… » 9/26/11 4:30pm 9/26/11 4:30pm

Future humans with algae implants could breathe underwater

Ever wonder how we're going to create humans who can breathe underwater? Of course you do. Now a study published this week about how algae insinuate themselves into salamander embryos (and DNA) could provide the beginnings of an answer. » 4/05/11 4:00pm 4/05/11 4:00pm

A Brilliant Posthuman Website, Preserved For The Ages

Posthuman Blues by Mac Tonnies was one of our favorite blogs. Since Tonnies' untimely death in 2009, friends and fans have gone to great lengths to preserve a copy of the entire site, showing how digital creations can live on after their creators. The New York Times Magazine has the thought-provoking story. » 1/07/11 5:00pm 1/07/11 5:00pm

One of the best comic books of the 1990s is coming back at last

The mid-1990s was the heyday of Vertigo Comics, DC's trippy, grown-up imprint. But one of the best Vertigo-esque comics appeared instead, almost unnoticed, on DC's Milestone Imprint. And after 14 years, the unsettling supernatural nanotechnology tale XOMBI is coming back. » 10/15/10 7:30am 10/15/10 7:30am

Cyborg astronauts will be needed to colonize outer space

Humans are built to thrive on Earth, but even a yearlong round-trip mission to Mars could pose major medical risks. If we want humans to colonize the solar system, we may have to fundamentally alter our biology and become cyborgs. » 9/17/10 7:00am 9/17/10 7:00am

In a post-human solar system, two robots take the ultimate road trip

Long after the last human has died off, most robots continue to perform the functions for which they were built. But sometimes an illegal bohemian chip sends a robot in search of more, across the Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life. » 9/11/10 8:15am 9/11/10 8:15am

Who's more posthuman: Zombies or Vampires?

We all dream of upgrading beyond Human 1.0. But meanwhile, our fantasy worlds are full of creatures who've already become superhuman and semi-immortal. Which deathless creatures are closer to our cherished posthuman ideal: vampires? Or zombies? » 6/14/10 2:30pm 6/14/10 2:30pm

Are there phenomena in the universe that will always be beyond human…

Just after we linked to the Physics and Cake blog's post about whether there might be a "ceiling" in the level of theoretical physics that humans can understand, Reith Lecturer Martin Rees wrote an essay for the London Times, explaining the first of his Reith Lectures. And Rees does believe that there may be intrinsic… » 6/01/10 2:20pm 6/01/10 2:20pm

What will physics research look like after the Singularity?

Over at the Physics And Cake blog, there's a great discussion of exactly how machines will replace theoretical physicists, with their only goal being to create a perfect model of the universe, and no ego at stake. » 6/01/10 9:30am 6/01/10 9:30am