Reading Stars: Nova by Samuel R. Delaney

  Samuel Delany’s writing has always fascinated me. On the one hand he’s an extraordinarily sensual writer.  His futures jangle your nerves. In the ‘Star Pit’ you feel his narrator’s dejection at being confined within a mere galaxy – a galaxy! But Delaney has also retooled SF to explore identity, language and social ontology. In Stars […]

We Are All Cylons (Movie)

  I stupidly missed the London screening of this prize-winning indie documentary back in April, so I don’t know when I’ll get to see it. On the strength of this preview, Director Ilana Rein has produced an intelligent, layered exploration of BSG’s themes, iconography and audience culture. Diatribes against “humanism”, “species relativism” and “anthropocentrism” abound in many […]

Virnor Vinge Interview

http://singularityblog.singularitysymposium.com/?powerpress_embed=9537-podcast&powerpress_player=default   Socrates (AKA Nikola Danaylov) has a rare interview with mathematician, science fiction writer and speculative futurist Virnor Vinge. Vinge articulates the difference between the Singularity and previous technical change thus: You could explain the internet or intercontinental jet travel to someone from an earlier phase of technological history Mark Twain or Ghengis. Explaining […]

Stop Dave, I’m Afraid.

  Here’s a link to an intriguing blog post and paper by Professor of Law at the Brookings Institute, James Boyle on the implications for prospective developments in AI and biotechnology for our legal conceptions of personhood. The paper opens by considering the challenges posed by prospects of Turing-capable artificial intelligences and genetic chimera.

Stop Dave, I'm Afraid.

  Here’s a link to an intriguing blog post and paper by Professor of Law at the Brookings Institute, James Boyle on the implications for prospective developments in AI and biotechnology for our legal conceptions of personhood. The paper opens by considering the challenges posed by prospects of Turing-capable artificial intelligences and genetic chimera.

Why Nuke Liberals? A Response to Sorgner

  In ‘Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism’ Stefan Sorgner takes me to task for approving a departure from liberal institutions by future posthumans (Roden 2010): Given the argument of the previous section, it is not surprising that I was slightly worried when I read that Roden affirms the move away from “bio-political organizations such as liberalism […]

Ballard's Collision of Text and Thing

Back in 1999 I argued that that J G Ballard’s novel Crash employs a system of interlinked metaphors to construct an entirely self-referential system of desire and symbolic action: a ‘cyborgian symbolic’. The auto-destructive desires of Vaughan, ‘James Ballard’, Gabrielle and other members of Ballard’s ‘crash-pack’ refer always to a singular and impossible event which is […]