book review | Dan Brown’s Inferno, KurzweilAI — Dan Brown’s latest action thriller Inferno follows art historian Robert Langdon in a fast-paced roller-coaster hunt for the source of a genetic hack delivered to everyone on the planet via a highly contagious airborne virus.
As in previous novels, Langdon works against the clock to decipher hints hidden in the treasures of the world’s art and literature, fighting intrigue and deception.
I was mainly interested in Brown’s portrait of transhumanists and their scientific and philosophical ideas, which play a central role in the novel.
There’s a number of recently published transhumanist-themed novels, such as The Transhumanist Wager, Nexus, and Human+. But this is Dan Brown, the writer who sold hundreds of millions of copies of previous “philosophical thrillers” The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol.
It’s easy to predict that Inferno will be a bestseller, probably followed by a successful film, and the first introduction to transhumanism for millions of readers. This is an important moment in the history of transhumanism — but good or bad?
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