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

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

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

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

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