Jay Cornell (jay-cornell) Mon 2 Mar 15 16:00
*another one. (Thanks, spellcheck!)
R.U. Sirius (rusirius) Mon 2 Mar 15 17:41
The stuff most loved or at least talked about within transhumanist culture... Novels: Lots of stuff by Vernor Vinge, who basically first proposed the notion of an AI based technological singularity... Marooned in Realtime, A Fire Upon the Deep. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Huxley's Brave New World are dystopian novels to measure yourself against, in a sense. Lots of stuff by Charlie Stross, who is a strident critic and satirist of the culture, particularly the Singularitarian strain. His novel Accelerando was being given away at the first Humanity+ Convention I attended (despite its satirical edge). Lots of stuff by Rudy Rucker. Films: There's a lot of love for the first The Matrix film and Gattaca gets pretty high marks. I bump into Watchmen references (movie and comic book)pretty frequently. There are a lot of these rather ridiculous ones like Lucy and (ahem!) Transcendence. X-Men seem to be the favored fantasy superhero reference point. TV shows: Black Mirror is an excellent British show available on Netflix that deals with wildly nightmarish transhuman...ish themes. Battlestar Galactica was loved and missed. Orphan Black has Neolution... an evil transhumanist cult headed by the now deceased Aldous Leekie, Person of Interest for advanced AI... Almost anything in SF or in superhero is going to have intimations at least of transhumanism... and it's huge in gaming, but since I don't game, I'll leave that there. I'm sure there's something intrinsically transhumanist in the works of Laurie Anderson and Brian Eno but I don't think those are reference points. There's a Mexican/Mexican-American performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena who has identified himself or his performances with cyberpunk and transhumanism but official transhumanism doesn't know jack shit about him, of course... That's off the top then...
Jay Cornell (jay-cornell) Mon 2 Mar 15 18:33
I haven't read him, but Greg Egan has written some well-received SF about AI, mind uploading, and post-humanism.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 3 Mar 15 08:12
We should give special mention to the X-men, and other mutant superheroes... Our two week conversation is formally finished, though it's always okay to hang out and add more here in Inkwell. No locks on the doors! Many thanks to R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell for taking this time with us. Reminder that _Transcendence_ is in release; here's an Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Transcendence-Disinformation-Encyclopedia-Transhumanism- Singularity/dp/1938875095/ You can buy it there - or (better) read about it there and buy it from your local bookstore.
Peter Meuleners (pjm) Tue 3 Mar 15 10:08
The Robert Charles Wilson "Spin" series concludes with "Vortex", which features a very heavy transhumanist theme. There are hints all the way through the series but the conclusion takes it about as far you can go.
R.U. Sirius (rusirius) Tue 3 Mar 15 10:24
Thanks Jon and everybody. Do look into the book and buy it! I think you will all find it interesting... and entertaining.
Jay Cornell (jay-cornell) Tue 3 Mar 15 12:51
Thanks, everyone. I'll check in periodically, or as long as my pass lasts.
(fom) Wed 18 Mar 15 21:31
I am pleased to see Guillermo Gomez-Pena mentioned. I think there's quite a lot of transhumanism in the performing arts but am not really qualified to mention any specifics; I don't even know what transhumanism means. (And I have read the topic.)
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