Transhumanism is an international movement that advocates the use of science and techlogy to overcome the natural limitations experienced by humanity. Beyond ending ageing, gaining greater intelligence and conquering the stars, any transhumanist looks forward to a plethora of other alterations to what has been the ordinary human condition, among them: * the Singularity - the creation of machine intelligences that exceed the capacities of our biological brains * radical robotics and the end of ecomic scarcity and boring labour * the ability to replicate individual minds and put them into solid-state bodies or virtual environments * improved physiological strength, sexual pleasure and the intentional mutation of the human body * the ever-increasing interconnectedness and empowerment of humans via ever-faster and more powerful communications techlogy and, with it, the potential for vastly more productive and creative group minds * individual control over mental and emotional states for enhancing functionalities and/or ecstasies In nearly ninety A-Z entries, TRANSCENDENCE provides a multi-layered look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, gemics, information techlogy, natechlogy, neuroscience, space exploration, synthetic biology, robotics and virtual worlds. Entries range from Cloning and Cyborg Feminism to Designer Babies to Memory-Editing Drugs. In addition, the book tes historical predecessors and personalities, both in mythology and history - ranging from Methusala to Timothy Leary to Ray Kurzwiel. It, also, introduces the culture around Transhumanism, covering all the geeky obsessions of the Transhumanist movement. Walter Isaacson ( President of the Aspen Institute, former managing editor of Time, and author of best-selling biographies of Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin): This is without doubt the most delightful guide to the radical future.
R.U. Sirius (Ken Goffman) is a writer, editor and well-known digital iconoclast. He was co-publisher of the first popular digital culture magazine, MONDO 2000. Jay Cornell is the former managing editor of h+ Magazine and senior web developer at Landkamer Partners.