You may have heard stories about how Walt Disney's head is kept in ice. That particular tale is just an urban legend, but there really are both corpsicles and frozen heads of other individuals kept preserved in the hopes of someday bringing them back to life. That probably sounds crazy - and honestly, it kind … Continue reading Cryonics – the Ultimate Gamble
The assumption that humanity is not alone is not a new one - in fact, the first clear depiction of fictional aliens was written in the second century AD, in Lucian's "True History", who described a war between people living on the Moon and people living on the sun attempting to colonize "the morning star". … Continue reading Where are All the Aliens?
A popular topic when one brings up things like life extension, biological immortality, or similar subjects is "who would want to live forever, and why?" Pop culture routinely portrays immortality as a bad thing, something you don't really want. The most obvious way this is done is adding catches to the way immortality works - … Continue reading Who Wants to Live Forever?
What is it that makes you, really you? It's a question philosophers have pondered extensively, but technological change may make the answer much more important. For a long time, people's physical bodies have played a massive role in their lives and identities. Issues like racism, sexism, ableism, and more stem from the fact that for … Continue reading Self-Identity and Transhumanism
The titular book, by Arthur C. Clarke, is a very good book; it's considered a classic of the genre, by one of the great early authors of the first days of science fiction, and it has stood the test of time remarkably well. Before I go any farther, let me warn you I'm about to … Continue reading Childhood’s End
If I quoted to you: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that … Continue reading GPT-2 and Understanding
Put together the right to freedom of expression and the technological ability to modify yourself however you want, and you get the right to morphological freedom: the right to be whatever shape you want, or to have any appearance you want. People today rarely consider their physical bodies to be a significant canvas for self-expression. … Continue reading The Right to Morphological Freedom
How much future is there, really? Provided humanity doesn't do something collosally stupid and self-destruct, how long could homo sapiens - or our descendants - continue to grace this universe? When looking back at history, we often feel dwarfed by the huge measures of time depicted in the age of the universe, compared to which … Continue reading How Long Humanity Could Survive
Imagine you had a magic box that could tell you the future. Stock prices, lottery numbers, pop culture trends, anything you wanted. The catch is that the more specific a prediction is, the more likely it is to be wrong. That box would probably wind up being the most valuable thing on the planet. With … Continue reading Why the Future Matters Now
As of 2018, 66% of U.S. citizens play video games. General players spend on average between 5 and 8 hours a week on these games, about 11% of their leisure time. And gaming isn't restricted to just when you're actively playing: 69% of gamers watch video-game-related content on YouTube. It's clear that video games have … Continue reading Virtual Worlds