My Book Reviews

Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think

Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think (New York: Free Press, 2012). I love the ideas in this book and I'm a big fan of Peter Diamandis. Here, Diamandis teams up with the journalist Stephen Kotler to help popularise the counterintuitive idea that the future will be increasingly disruptive, dematerialised, … Continue reading Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think

Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future

James Hughes, Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future (USA: Westview Press, 2004). James Hughes is a democratic transhumanist, and technoprogressive thinker. In Citizen Cyborg he outlines his specific transhumanist ideal, in which democracy and nation states play an important role in promoting the best aspects of transhumanist … Continue reading Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future

Being Digital

Nicholas Negroponte, Being Digital (Rydalmere: Hodder and Stoughton, 1995). A prescient look at the unfolding digital age in the mid 1990s. Director of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, explains the coming transition from a world of atoms to a world of bits. In the near future, he predicts we will live in a world where … Continue reading Being Digital

Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

R. U. Sirius and Jay Cornell. Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity (San Francisco: Disinformation Books, 2015). It's not often that an acknowledgements section trails off with a vaguely defiant "whateverthefuck." But when R. U. Sirius is involved, the usual rules of authorial comportment do not apply. This book has some seriously fun moments and introduces you to … Continue reading Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

The Transhumanist Reader

Max More and Natasha Vita-More, eds. The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). A fantastic and much needed introduction to transhumanism. Edited by two leading extropians (Max and Natasha Vita-More), both of whom remain prominent modern transhumanist figures, this volume provides a … Continue reading The Transhumanist Reader