[extropy-chat] Cognition enhancement in fiction

Brian Atkins brian at posthuman.com
Tue Oct 10 04:00:08 UTC 2006

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 mentalities, 
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, controlling 
engineered species, etc. More recent Commonwealth series also has plenty of bits 
including various enhancements.

Geodesica series - Various upgraded characters including the highly upgraded 
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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