Category: Almost a Superhero

Posts about technologies promising to magnify human potential, transhumanism, and brain/memory studies.

Westworld Doesn’t Get AI

Westworld season 1 left me feeling lost (geek allusion intended) most of the season, which was undoubtedly J.J. Abrams’ fault (he wrote/directed Lost) but Westworld’s season 1 finale was so good and the payoff was so unexpected, I trudged all...

2015, Altering Human DNA, & Taurs

  Long before Shelley’s Frankenstein, we were sharing stories about changelings, transmutations, and various forms of magic that create new forms of life.  As real science has contemplated the possibilities of real life Frankenstein breakthroughs, various transhumanist experiments in 2015 more than humbly suggested...

Terminator No Longer Sci-Fi

When Terminator first came out, the ideas behind it would have been laughable but for Arnold Schwarznegger’s boss appearance.  Time travel and cyborgs were so far from realistic science ventures that we all watched the movie with our reality regulators...

Wolverine No Longer SciFi

Science Fiction has inspired many innovations over the past few decades.  Cloaking devices, chameleon-esque camouflage, memory manipulations (including erasures and implants), suspended animation, artificial intelligence, underwater breathing without tanks, Jedi mind control (almost), total immersion gaming, mind controlled prosthetics, personal...

Mystique No Longer SciFi?

    First, MIT came out with an unbelievably effective invisibility cloak and now, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created a new, very thin and flexible chameleon like artificial skin.  Okay – it might not make you...

Magneto No Longer SciFi?

Dr. Denys Makarov would have Marvel fans pretty excited if they were paying attention.  He’s recently invented a new “magnetic sensor, which is thin, robust and pliable enough to be smoothly adapted to human skin, even to the most flexible...

The Art of Deception & Selective Memories

  Any great author must intimately confront the machinations of human nature in order to make characters believable.  Sometimes, that means studying the thought patterns and habits of children, psychopaths, naive onlookers, cannibals, animals, and serial killers.  There are several ways...

Jedi Mind Control is Here

Ten years from now, teenagers may not believe Jedi mind tricks were once fiction – and it may not matter whether or not you are weak minded.  I mentioned in previous transhumanist posts how mind controlled prosthetics are becoming surprisingly sophisticated,...

Immersion & Violence in 3D Gaming

Gamers who play violent 3D living room gaming report higher levels of anger than gamers who only play 2D systems, regardless of screen size.   The study found a strong correlation between levels of anger (as guaged by participants) and gamers’ perception...

Mind Controlled Prosthetics Now Reality

Scientists have developed a prosthetic that allows amputees to regain sensations from lost limbs.  Cybernetics – communication between machines and biological tissue – received widespread attention when the Empire Strikes Back hit the silver screen.  Luke Skywalker received a prosthetic hand...

10% Brain Myth

For a brilliant moment, the movie Lucy was gathering an enormous amount of attention. Since I’ve been researching topics surrounding transhumanism, it caught my eye as well. I saw several discussions about the 10% brain myth but I liked this...

Shark Skin Swim Suits?

Alright Sci-Fi fans – here is another reason to be excited about the future: shark skin swim suits! 3D printing has now replicated shark skins – a feat that scientists have failed to accomplish for many years now.  Thanks to...