Transhumanism and Collective Mind

Often recurring theme in sci-fi stories is alien hive with a collective mind. Through some fantastical mean, be it innate or created by high-tech devices, these aliens form a super-mind and are able to communicate with each other in ease and share their thoughts and feelings with others. They often use this to their advantage and function more or less as a one single entity, with multiple physical bodies.

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Dipping toes into transhumanism

Transhumanism (not to be confused with posthumanism, which is related topic though) is something I find extremely intriguing. It’s also one of the major themes of Herculeum, my little roguelike game in the works. I can’t claim to be expert on this matter (as I can’t claim to be expert on many matters that I write about, so consider this more of a diary where I chronicle what I have read).

As the speed of how inventions and discoveries is ever increasing, we are soon facing even harder questions that we have never had to confront. Earth has only limited amount of resources and one could argue that wealth has never before been so unequally distributed. I can easily imagine a world where the richest are buying designer bodies for their yet to born children, while poorest are still walking kilometers to fetch tainted water from some muddy pit.

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