Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm doing some art...

I'm playing around with some illustrations. I'm not sure what to call them. E-toons? Anyway, there are an attempt to hint at the feelings invoked by the idea of transhumanism.

See what you think. Do these evoke the future?

Oh, and they're all at deviant art and they're all under a creative commons mark.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Red Dwarfs and Immortality

The new issue of Scientific American has a fascinating article on the far future of the universe...or, at least, our universe, perhaps only one among many.

In any case, it got me to wondering. The article dealt with events almost fantastically distant in the future -- billions, even trillions of years away. But if stars (at least cozy little red dwarfs) can have such lifespans, could sentient beings? Transhumanists and posthumanists would suggest that this is possible, even probable.

Which brings up another question. Will any of us living today know immortality in some form? Even if that immortality involves only the survival of our intellects rather than our biological bodies?

If that should be the case, is it not possible that some of us living today will see the unimaginably distant future discussed in Scientific American? Will, in fact, watch the stars wink out, one by one?

When 14 Billion Years Just Isn't Enough Time

Monday, February 6, 2012


Let's admit it. There is something enormously attractive about the idea of seasteading. And it has nothing to do with economics or politics.

It has to do with that eternal and very human dream of having your own little country.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

animals as peers?

Avatar Polymorph has an interesting piece on the ethics of increasing animal intelligence in the current H+ Magazine. Worth a look here.

I see no reason why animals couldn't be boosted to human or even super-human levels. The thing I wonder is how we and they will interact. How will, say, an intelligent cow regard the human race? How will we react when Spot responds to "roll over and play dead" by suggesting you put it you-know-where?