It is the year 2079 I am floating in the void. This is a mission of great historical relevance. I am 350 Astronomical Units removed from earth. My signals take over two days to reach the inner solar system. I am flying solo in a private fusion-propelled yacht by the name of Stross IV. For dozens of astronomic units in all directions there is no object greater than a small hill.
Editor’s note: This is part 3 of Khannea’s 2113 future history.
Tomorrow is Postponed
by Martin Higgins, 1999
Graham Billow’s spine erected itself reflexively at the sound of the morning news glooping itself across his wall screen. Under the gaze of the “all-seeing-eye” camera in a high corner of the room, he robotically walked himself to his kitchenette. Without movement or noise, the eye efficiently soaked up the scene, perpetually uploading to the building’s memory for security and insurance purposes. It was always a comfort, drifting off to sleep, but could sometimes feel an intrusion on waking up. And today was one of those days.
Next Saturday, September 21, I will be in London to participate in a meeting on Futurism, Spirituality, and Faith, organized by London Futurists. I look forward to seeing many friends at the talk, and of course at the pub after the talk. Continue reading Futurism, Spirituality, and Faith — London, September 21
book review | William Hertling’s Singularity series continues with The Last Firewall, KurzweilAI – William Hertling’s science-fiction collection of Singularity novels about the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) consists (so far) of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and the recently published The Last Firewall.
I zoomed in as she approached the steps of the bridge, taking voyeuristic pleasure in seeing her pixelated cleavage fill the screen.
What was it about those electronic dots that had the power to turn people on? There was nothing real in them, but that never stopped millions of people every day, male and female, from deriving sexual gratification by interacting with those points of light.
It must all be down to our perception of reality. — Memories with Maya
We are transitional humans; Transhumans:
Transhumanism is about using technology to improve the human condition. Perhaps a nascent stigma attached to the transhumanist movement in some circles comes from the ethical implications and usage of high technology — bio-tech and nano-tech to name a few, on people. Yet, being transhuman does not necessarily have to be associated with bio-hacking the human body, or entail the donning of cyborg-like prosthetics. Although it is hard not to plainly see and recognize the benefits such human augmentation technology has for persons in need.
Martin Higgins, author of Human+, interviewed me for his The Eternities podcast and published a review on Disinfo | Transhumanist Spirituality — A New Religion for the Modern Age? Continue reading Transhumanist Spirituality — A New Religion for the Modern Age?