The machine stops – by E.M. Forster (1909)

This fictional story about humanity’s future relationship with networked computer technologies was first published in the Oxford and Cambridge Review more than 100 years ago, in 1909. The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster I THE AIR-SHIP Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted […]

Technology conglomerates say they want us to become Borg by 2030

Top technology elites say that they want to transform the human species into a Borg-like existence by 2030, as widely reported in the mainstream media and elsewhere. Here is a plausible five-step scenario, logically arrived at using their many public utterances, of how they might decide to go about obtaining their wish, though over a […]

Today’s society through the eyes of a fictional 19th-century scholar

If a 19th-century scholar were to suddenly drop in on us in the 21st century, without any knowledge of how we got here, what might he conclude was happening? An edited version of this story, “A God to End All Gods,” was published in the technology magazine Scout AI on July 27, 2017; the complete […]

Implosion of society: the deprecation of human interdependence

Why do human societies get formed at the outset? The entire construct of society is based on the natural phenomenon of interdependence. Societies happen because people need one another. The present postindustrial society began to implode in perfect Baudrillardian fashion at such time as human interdependence started to become obsolete, perhaps as a consequence of […]

What is posthumanity?

Posthumanity is an emergent existential phenomenon that is arising gradually out of the systematic development of artificial and hybrid intelligent structures and entities presently underway. It is the name we see as best representing the present time as the successor to postmodernity. It emerged naturally out of postmodernity, as the latter’s technologies and, therefore, knowledge […]