10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit

Last month we told you about 20 terms every self-respecting futurist should know, but now it's time to turn our attention to the opposite. Here are 10 pseudofuturist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary. » 4/17/14 10:20am 4/17/14 10:20am

What is it like to hear color?

NPR is currently running a great radio piece on posthumanism featuring Neil Harbisson, an artist (and the world's first government-recognized cyborg) who was born color-blind but now "sees" color with an extrasensory device he wears on his head. You can listen to the NPR piece here, but Harbisson's TED Talk, above,… » 3/07/14 8:20am 3/07/14 8:20am

The first person in the world to become a government-recognized cyborg

Neil Harbisson is the first person on the planet to have a passport photo that shows his cyborg nature — in his UK passport, he's wearing a head-mounted device called an eyeborg. The color-blind artist says the eyeborg allows him to see color, and he wants to help other cyborgs like himself gain more rights. » 12/02/13 2:58pm 12/02/13 2:58pm

This short movie about cyborgs running amok in Bangkok's red light…

Boy howdy, is this depressing and fascinating. Check out True Skin, a short film from director Stephan Zlotescu and production firm N1ON about a cyborg on the lam in a futuristic Bangkok. » 10/10/12 5:40pm 10/10/12 5:40pm

Want to find alien life? Search for Dyson spheres

We've been searching for alien intelligences out there for decades, and so far we haven't found a single blip. But maybe we're just going about it the wrong way? » 6/15/12 11:15am 6/15/12 11:15am

Pig-to-human transplants could be closer than you think

Two scientists at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh discussed the state of xenotransplantation—the use of cells, organs, or tissue from one animal in another—in a review in The Lancet. In that review, they touch on the history of one particular subject: pig-to-human… » 10/22/11 10:30am 10/22/11 10:30am

Debating Human Enhancement

Where do you stand on the subject of human enhancement? If recent cultural trends in things like music, movies, and video games are any indication, it's a subject that's been picking at society's collective conscience quite a bit as of late. » 9/15/11 4:07pm 9/15/11 4:07pm

Anti-smoking PSA from the 1980s warns Brits about the scary posthuman…

Britain's National Archives has created an amazing online collection of "public information films," or what we in the United States call "public service announcements" (PSAs). It's an incredible collection that goes back to the 1950s and continues up through 2006. Some of the movies are just silly, and others are… » 8/17/11 3:44pm 8/17/11 3:44pm

The hidden posthuman messages in Pixar movies

Futurist Kyle Munkittrick has an interesting essay about Pixar movies over at Discover's Science Not Fiction blog, where he argues that most of the studio's films are offering a message about how non-human creatures (like robots or rats) are just as sentient as humans are, and deserve to be treated like people. He… » 5/20/11 4:30pm 5/20/11 4:30pm

Tickling robots in Siena

"Under what conditions can we engage in a meaningful, expressive interaction with an electronic device?" Say, for example, by ‘tickling' a robot? » 11/07/10 10:25am 11/07/10 10:25am

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

Four Arguments Against Immortality

Science fiction is full of stories where our heroes live forever. And some current biological research is aimed at making our lives last centuries. So what's the downside of lasting forever? Here are four reasons to be a mortalist. » 4/22/10 9:00am 4/22/10 9:00am

In the Future, Your Vasectomy Will Be Liveblogged

Abel Pharmboy, the intrepid medical blogger behind Terra Sigillata, liveblogged his vasectomy last week. I love the idea of this guy sitting there with his laptop in his lap while the surgeon exposes his balls (yes, he goes there). There's even a moment when he can smell burning flesh during the cauterization. I can't… » 2/26/08 4:46pm 2/26/08 4:46pm