The Future History of Consciousness

Where does spirituality fit into science? Can both be right? And if so, what is the full picture? For the last few years this question has increasingly gnawed at me. I don’t have the answer, but optimistically believe that there will be an answer — and that it will surprise all of us, scientists and mystics alike. Here is an essay I wrote last spring for The Integral Review, trying to put the question into perspective. Continue reading

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To Be Human

Is the person sitting next to you a human being? The question hardly makes sense; how could she not be human? Yet in the coming years the question will become commonplace, even urgent. Continue reading

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Hybrid Reality

The Khannas are looking into the near future, and trying to get a glimpse of the next few decades. Even a partial scan of the emerging landscape is like gazing through a kaleidoscopic looking glass into a strange new country. Welcome to the new normal… Continue reading

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All That is Thought or Known

The world brain, the tower of babel, the Net, the library of Alexandria – at some point every reader, thinker, or dreamer imagines the Totality of Knowledge, accessible at a glance, a thought, a click or swipe, a wave of the hand or brain. Continue reading

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Geoengineering

A few years ago the concept of geoengineering (modifying the entire surface or atmosphere of the Earth) was firmly in the realm of science fiction. Tinkering with the planet is a serious consideration for economists, governments, and even private entrepreneurs. Continue reading

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The Human Microbiome

We are on the verge of a step forward in our symbiosis with bacteria that will make the discovery and use of antibiotics seem barbaric. It will change the practice of medicine as surely as the discovery of anesthetics, blood types, or the stethoscope. Continue reading

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Bioelectronics and the e-Body

Topics which seemed like science fiction a few years ago (such as integrating devices into the body) are now outlined in respectable 1,000-page textbooks. Research proceeds apace on the details of the possibility of merging human and machine… Continue reading

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The Virtual Patient

“There will be no blood, no need for a scalpel or other medical instruments, and afterwards she will be able to place the organs back in the body, reattach the bones and blood vessels, and put the skin back on.” Continue reading

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A Voice for Every Thing

The third phase is going to blast us out of the water. Green screens and icons are mysterious; language is our native land. Continue reading

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Craig Venter, Synthetic Bio, Biomech, and Bugs

Venter may well precipitate world-shaking change through an unshakable belief in oneself and the power to make things happen by force of will. Continue reading

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