It’s a paradox of sorts—the faithful seek a transcendent realm, but their deep communities are knitted together in physical space.
Tech companies are selling the idea of ‘digital resurrection.’ That’s only a problem if we’re dumb enough to buy it.
Set designers were finally able to draw fans into their vivid dream without the constraints of Newtonian physics. Yet virtual reality isn’t all wonder.
The pandemic has thrown into question how much we depend on this entertainment as soma to keep us from asking deeper, harder questions about ourselves and how we live and die.
Getting gender-change surgery, or other forms of plastic surgery, is not a sign of health or acceptance; it’s proof that we’re deeply lost.
How can the past be home to anyone, when there was so much injustice and misogyny and racism, when aggressions were macro and hate speech was the lingua franca of even the hated?
It is much more depressing to imagine this sex robot manufacturer’s version of his customers than to imagine horny idiots who just want to have sex with a humanoid hunk of plastic.
In the Palmer Luckey case, some people want Silicon Valley to emulate the enormously successful creative culture of the Soviet Union.
Sure, there are some benefits to getting outside for hours of ‘Pokémon Go.’ But it’s pretty sad we’re doing so just to bump into trees while staring at our phones.
If our transhuman overlords are interested in running simulations in order to learn things about humanity, why run the simulations with characters who are conscious of pain?
There are more libertarian undertones to the new “Fallout 4” than you might think.
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