Slate | Singularity or transhumanism: what word should we use to discuss the future?

August 29, 2014

Source: Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan

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Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.

The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently on the word battle map. [...]