Paul Krugman and Charles Stross Discuss the Future

Driverless Cars: 1. Peak oil: 0. Artificial Intelligence: 0. Artificial Intelligence: 1. Artificial Intelligence: It depends. Flying Cars: 0. Augmented Intelligence: 1. Vat-grown Human Fry Ups (and yet more second order weirdness):1. Personalized genome scans: 1. Engineered negligible senescence: ? Pensions and Retirement: depends on 10. Viable cash flow from Internet publishing: Stross has a […]

Accelerando Reading Group, January 12

On Thursday January 12, 6 pm I’m leading a discussion of Charles Stross’ Accelerando at the Extra-Curricular Reading Group in Bristol’s Spike Island Galleries. Free copies in various formats can be obtained here Accelerando is perhaps the purest distillation of future shock in modern English prose,  a comic extrapolation of life during a 21st Century technological singularity. […]

How to Evaluate Our Posthuman Prospects

  This essay, The Disconnection Thesis, is my most systematic presentation of the principles of speculative posthumanism to date. It’s also the only one which engages in some detail with the work of contemporary bioethicists like Nicolas Agar, Nick Bostrom and Allen Buchanan. Although the Borg get a mention, Locutus (pictured) does not – which […]

Transforming the Human, Dublin City University 21-23 Oct

  Just had time to peruse the programme for the Transforming The Human Conference, Dublin City University Oct 21-3. It has less mainstream analytic bioethics than I expected and more stuff on the ‘metaphysics’ of transhumanism and posthumanism. I think this emphasis is correct. We can’t take folk notions of personhood, embodiment or mind for […]

Virnor Vinge Interview   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 […]