Neuropath

I’ve just finished reading a draft of R. Scott Bakker’s soon-to-be-released Neuropath. Holy shit. The neurology of consciousness. The advantages of nonsentience. People neurologically stripped of their behavioral constraints so that they can make the necessary Big Decisions of life and death without getting caught up in touchy-feeling shackles like conscience and morality. All the […]

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Brainoculars

You may have seen this already. It’s been out for a few days now. And at first glance it’s nothing special: technology controlled by brainwaves through an ECG electrode interface, which is so far behind the cutting edge that you’ll be finding it in games before the end of the year. But check out this […]

Posted in: neuro, science by Peter Watts 7 Comments

The anti-Moore’s Law

Anyone who’s read my fiction has probably figured out my perspective on life-support/environmental issues. I tend not to talk about such stuff here, not because I don’t find it relevant or important, but because it’s not new or cutting edge; the non-self-aggrandizing parts of this ‘crawl serve as a kind of scratch pad for things […]

Posted in: In praise of biocide, science by Peter Watts 10 Comments

Consciousness, Learning, and Neurochips

I’m starting this new post both to take the weight off the old one (which is growing quite the tail– maybe I should look into setting up a discussion forum or something), and also to introduce a new piece of relevent research. Razorsmile said Conscious trains the subconscious until it is no longer needed.. And […]

Posted in: neuro, science by Peter Watts 15 Comments