It is not surprising that some of the best visions of technological resurrection have been proposed by science fiction writers. What is science fiction, after all, but the best way to talk meaningfully of wild speculative, still mysterious science and technology, and their likely impact on our world?
The Light of Other Days is one of my favorite science fiction books ever. It was written in 2000 by Stephen Baxter based on a synopsis by Arthur C. Clarke. This breathtaking and well written story features awesome, “magic” science and technology, from a communication breakthrough based on the exotic physics of quantum wormholes all the way to mind fusion, group minds, past viewing, and the resurrection of the dead. Very, very highly recommended.
The December 2013 online discussion group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association [MTA] will be on Saturday, December 28, at 10:30am mountain time (9:30am PST, 12:30pm EST, 5:30pm UK, 6:30pm EU), in Google+ Hangouts.
Michael Graziano, a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, writes about mind uploading in an article on Aeon Magazine. Is uploading possible? “Yes, almost certainly,” thinks Graziano. I find it awesome that more and more mainstream neuroscientists think that uploading is feasible in principle.
io9 has an article by George Dvorsky about “The Worst Lies You’ve Been Told About the Singularity.” The article has provoked interesting discussions. My comments below.
Quantum entanglement is a “weird” conduit between events in spacetime, not limited by the speed of light. Wormholes are also a “weird” conduit between events in spacetime, not limited by the speed of light. New research seems to imply that perhaps these two weird things are really one and the same.