We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you’ll need to navigate our future.
In a future where humans battle robots, an elite military team has to save the President. And retrieving him from the middle of robot-territory is as easy as it sounds.
Futurists R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell have published a witty, snide, and incredibly informative new book titled, Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity. We spoke to the authors to learn more about the project and their own personal visions of the future.
Science fiction is the literature of ideas, and therefore of possibility. After all, we human beings live on a small rock spinning throughspace at a breakneck speed, in a galaxy doing the same, in an unfathomably sized universe made of up dark matter we can't even detect. It's mind-boggling to think about, but…
Some futurists and science fiction writers predict that we're on the cusp of a world-changing "Technological Singularity." Skeptics say there will be no such thing. Today, I'll be debating author Ramez Naam about which side is right.
The world's most famous physicist is warning about the risks posed by machine superintelligence, saying that it could be the most significant thing to ever happen in human history — and possibly the last.
We're shaken up from the weirdness in vN, Madeline Ashby's novel about artificial consciousness and self-replicating machines. And now, she's written a novel about The Singularity, when artificial intelligence surpasses our own and everything changes. We've got a cover reveal, and some details, below.
Last month we told you about 20 terms every self-respecting futurist should know, but now it's time to turn our attention to the opposite. Here are 10 pseudofuturist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary.
Having finally seen Her, I'm surprised to find the distinct lack of chatter this film is generating among genre fans. This film takes an existential look at the (potential? inevitable?) singularity, and shows viewers the future of video gaming. Be warned, there be spoilers here (although not about the main plot).
You've probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that's supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future. Much of the uncertainty surrounding this possibility, however, has led to wild speculation, confusion, and outright denial. Here are the worst myths you've been told…
UPDATED! Here it is, the very first teaser trailer for Wally Pfister's Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as the father of artificial intelligence, but looking so much like hell in this quick glimpse. What happened, Johnny?
Will we be fucking after we leave our bodies behind for cyber-heaven? Over at Steal this Singularity, futurist gadfly R.U. Sirius has a hilarious and smart essay about people who imagine we will transcend sex and random goofiness after the AIs take over.
Want a trip through a black hole without having to experience that pesky death? You're in luck. There's a special kind of black hole that's not just survivable, but might get you to another time, or another universe.
If you want to know about the future of artificial intelligence then you must read documentary filmmaker James Barrat's new book Our Final Invention. We've got an incredible excerpt from the book, about the coming intelligence explosion that could redefine the human condition.
James Gunn addresses some (but definitely not all) of the Guardians of the Galaxy casting rumors. Brian K. Vaughan previews Under the Dome season two. Check out a Carrie TV spot. Producer Andrew Kreisberg looks ahead to the new season of Arrow. Plus Supernatural, American Horror Story, and more. Spoilers ahoy!
The government has an automated system to track your movements and monitor who your friends are. Our news comes from remote-controlled "drone reporters." There's a device in your pocket that can produce a sex partner for you at the touch of a button. Maybe the singularity just happened, and we didn't notice.
We all currently live in a system where we get paid for our labor and exchange that payment for goods and bits of information. But what sort of economic system are we going to have in another 20 years, after more improvements in computers and robotics? Will your current job even still exist?