[extropy-chat] Cognition enhancement in fiction
sjatkins at mac.com
Tue Oct 10 05:14:38 UTC 2006
David Zindell's Neverness series, Neverness, The Broken God, The Wild,
War in Heaven. The set is full of post-human "gods", machine "gods",
post-Singularity (or several) cultures, augmented more or less humans,
etc. I found it much richer and more engaging than the Dune series
and much more imaginative. Plenty of food for thought.
On Oct 9, 2006, at 9:00 PM, Brian Atkins wrote:
> Here's some ideas:
> Schroeder, Lady of Mazes - Enhanced humans can work with advanced nano
> environment to enforce very localized or even physically overlapping
> ideas of a
> perfect world.
> Wright, Golden Age series - Various enhanced stuff including mass
> memory redaction, self-aware characters created accidentally during
> games, more.
> Egan, Schild's Ladder - More Egan-posthumans flitting about, this
> time into some
> unusual places.
> Peter F. Hamilton - Night's Dawn series has various bits, including an
> "affinity" gene which allows for mental communication, uploads,
> engineered species, etc. More recent Commonwealth series also has
> plenty of bits
> including various enhancements.
> Geodesica series - Various upgraded characters including the highly
> Exarchs who can control multiple bodies, manage complete societies,
> and some
> bits regarding giving everyone access to a highly transparent society.
> Vinge, Rainbow's End - Haven't read it yet, but sounds like it might
> meet your
> criterion if you consider external devices as enhancements.
> Brian Atkins
> Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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