Sci-Fi are we ready for the next step?

ranalin wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:
Robear wrote:

So I'd say that SF writers would not be interested in what turns out to be a naive belief - that there is a self that can be separated from the body and exist outside of it. Much was we'd like that to be true, it seems to be wishful thinking.

Actually, they write award-winning--and totally awesome--books about said naive belief.

Oh man. I'm totally up on the academic side of this stuff, with cybernetics, embodiment, and my professor's big idea lately of "the network everting." We've actually been looking at Spook Country, Ready Player One and Reamde as part of class discussions (as well as people like Katherine Hayles). We're tracing all sorts of things from the philosophical cyberneticists of the mid-20th Century (and Phil Dick, as a sort of rogue awesomebro), through the early "We're totes going to ascend into cyberspace" cyberpunk, and back to today's realization that not only can we not escape our embodied realities, but the cyberspace we thought we would escape into has flipped inside out and colonized "reality."

I'd so love to be in that class. Love those books!

The main thrust of the class, though, is that the notion of a diaspora to the internet has gotten things backwards. The internet isn't the destination of the diaspora, it's the population, and its escaping into our reality.

No one has mentioned Ray Kurzweil yet?

The Transcendent Man has been on my watch list for far too long, but dude is trying to make this a reality in our lifetimes.

nel e nel wrote:

No one has mentioned Ray Kurzweil yet?

The Transcendent Man has been on my watch list for far too long, but dude is trying to make this a reality in our lifetimes.

Forgot about this... The movie or the book is time well spent.

ranalin wrote:
nel e nel wrote:

No one has mentioned Ray Kurzweil yet?

The Transcendent Man has been on my watch list for far too long, but dude is trying to make this a reality in our lifetimes.

Forgot about this... The movie or the book is time well spent.

What's so crazy, is that until the last decade or so, I only thought of him as 'that keyboard guy'.