Sir Arthur C. Clarke wasn’t a believer in any traditional religion, but he had a “Possibilian” open mind – he was open to the wonders of the possible. Sir Arthur’s disciplined but visionary scientific imagination included technological resurrection – the possibility that future super-advanced science and technology could bring the dead back to life.
Editor’s note – Perhaps we will have E-animals soon, and perhaps artificial life will take over. A short story by new Turing Church contributor David Román.
Editor’s note: This essay by Khannea Suntzu is inspired by the TV adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction masterpiece “Childhood’s End.” See also “How ‘Childhood’s End’ Finally Made It to TV” on Rolling Stone. I haven’t started watching the miniseries but I’ll be sure to post a review in a few days. I hope they haven’t departed from the book too much, and at least respected Clarke’s spirit and atmosphere. “Childhood’s End” is one of my favorite science fiction novels – see my mini review here. See also some absurdly idiotic comments by the usual suspects.
Transhumanist philosopher, writer, and politician Zoltan Istvan will give a talk at the 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI.” The Colloquium will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Thursday, December 10 (time and access coordinates below).
Andy Weir, the author of The Martian (soon to become a movie), also wrote a delightful short story about Open Individualist resurrection. Highly recommended.
Writing on The Guardian, Damien Walter says that science fiction has evolved into a religion for modern times. His interesting and thoughtful article covers much of the same ground explored in my essay “Religion Fiction Inspires Real Religion.”
Editor’s note: this delightful short story is a new year present from Stephen Kagan, the author of the mystically beautiful VR/AI novel “Augmented Dreams, the Singularity Palimpsest “. Stephen says: “This story has taken extensive thinking, imagination and meditation to craft. It was inspired by some of your work, beginning with Religion for the Cosmic Frontier, combined with some of Ben’s Manifesto, and some of my conversations with you. My goal was to create the grandest vision I can build for our cosmic future, in some ways beyond even what Stapledon created in StarMaker… Becoming godlike and becoming God…”