By now, the stories of humans transcending their limitations in space have become pretty much ubiquitous. We’ve had space cyborgs, space immortals, and tons of other posthumans in space. But the new novel Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper still represents a fascinating new approach.
The epic post-human story of Ramez Naam’s Nexus trilogy has finally come to an end—and the final volume, Apex, is coming out as an audiobook. And we’ve got an excerpt. Meet the intelligences that are set to replace us, and find out why “the next few minutes will decide the future of intelligence on planet Earth.”
One of the most alluring dreams in science fiction is the post-scarcity society — a place or time where nobody goes without, because technology has improved. But when you dig deeper, most post-scarcity worlds still have some scarcity, because otherwise it's hard to tell a story about them. See for yourself!
What if the cost of uploading your brain is giving up your body? Forever? That's just one of the thought-provoking questions raised by Erin Biba's piece on the ethics of uploading yourself, over at Tested.
Behold less than six minutes of action-packed awesomeness topped with a whole lotta blood and a dollop of NSFW nudity. This short film Post Human is completely fantastic. Watch it.
It's like something out of your Cyberpunk dreams — a painlessly injected implant that connects your nervous system to the internet. But in Bryan Singer's new webseries H+, which just launched recently, it all goes horribly wrong. This brain implant kills.
When there are no longer people to build up Dubai, splash in its pools, or water the resort palm trees, all that is left behind are the empty developments, the shells of half-finished buildings, and the animals that have inherited the Earth.
Yesterday, we brought you the first three chapters of Daniel H. Wilson's Amped. But how much worse can it get for Owen, the cybernetically enhanced main character in a world that hates and fears cyborgs? Much, much worse, as it turns out. Check out chapters four and five — where Owen is not only on the run, but a…
First he gave us helpful advice for the robot uprising, then he wrote the robot war novel Robopocalypse. Now Daniel H. Wilson is turning his attention to the plight of cyborgs and posthumans, with his dystopian new novel Amped. And we've got the first three chapters right here! Come back tomorrow for chapters four and…
Transhumanism is a popular movement to convert ordinary humans into superhumans, using technology. For 20 years, transhumanism has been a favored topic of futurists, who see it as a possible salvation for humanity.
Over at Boing Boing, there's a must-read interview with rebel author Rudy Rucker, in which he reflects on weird physics and his various storytelling inspirations. And he delivers this gem, about the widespread obsession with living forever:
Core77 has a nice interview with "cyborg anthropoloigst" Amber Case, who claims that "Good technology should make you superhuman." She makes an interesting case (no pun intended) that the Industrial Revolution disconnected people from each other, when "everyone was distributed by highways and cars and stretched out…
Christianity teaches that the saved will live together, and many Christians believe in the Rapture, when the chosen few will be lifted up, leaving just their clothes behind. So how should Christians feel about ideas like Transhumanism and the Singularity, which involve another way to transcend your physical form and…
Over at FT.com, Tim O'Reilly has a must-read essay about the symbiosis between humans and computers. We're already propagating our knowledge and our culture at a much faster rate than in the past, he argues, and the next step is computers that can learn from "the activity of human teachers" but then notice things the…
Ever wonder how we're going to create humans who can breathe underwater? Of course you do. Now a study published this week about how algae insinuate themselves into salamander embryos (and DNA) could provide the beginnings of an answer.
Posthuman Blues by Mac Tonnies was one of our favorite blogs. Since Tonnies' untimely death in 2009, friends and fans have gone to great lengths to preserve a copy of the entire site, showing how digital creations can live on after their creators. The New York Times Magazine has the thought-provoking story.
The mid-1990s was the heyday of Vertigo Comics, DC's trippy, grown-up imprint. But one of the best Vertigo-esque comics appeared instead, almost unnoticed, on DC's Milestone Imprint. And after 14 years, the unsettling supernatural nanotechnology tale XOMBI is coming back.
Humans are built to thrive on Earth, but even a yearlong round-trip mission to Mars could pose major medical risks. If we want humans to colonize the solar system, we may have to fundamentally alter our biology and become cyborgs.
Long after the last human has died off, most robots continue to perform the functions for which they were built. But sometimes an illegal bohemian chip sends a robot in search of more, across the Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life.
We all dream of upgrading beyond Human 1.0. But meanwhile, our fantasy worlds are full of creatures who've already become superhuman and semi-immortal. Which deathless creatures are closer to our cherished posthuman ideal: vampires? Or zombies?