Well known cyberpunk author John Shirley recently gave a talk at TEDx Brussels in which he discusses two ideas of The Singularity, one true and one false, as well as a dark vision of the near future.
Based on my totally unscientific observations, the number of science fiction novels with explicitly Singularitarian and transhumanist themes seems to be increasing exponentially. At very least, the number of such novels finding their way to my inbox or snail mail...
Matt Swayne interviews author Vance Ashley Woodward about his new book “The Meatbot’s Guide to the Technological Singularity: Prepare to Smartify”
The rise of “machine intelligence” — no longer acceptably called “artificial”— exploded shortly after President Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012. Funded by significant grants in the areas of machine learning and social robotics, American scientists made huge leaps forward as soon as 2015. The year 2016 saw New York’s first coffee shop operated entirely by robots, and, now quaintly archaic, the small store has joined the Statue of Liberty as one of the city’s landmarks of American history.
Their film is called The Vigilante, and its theme is one that has worried a lot of transhumanists over the last decades: What happens when mind modification technology is not only possible but starts to be considered obligatory? What if you don’t want the recommended tweaks to your psyche?