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simply be plug-and-play tools. The holy grail of transhumanism is, of course, personality storage, and we can finally say farewell to biology altogether. We’d be immortal, but we’d probably need to keep some breeders around, just in case.

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Given the opportunity, would you yourself undergo any possible "additions" of any kind? There’s nothing terribly wrong with the body I’ve got: it more or less works well enough for what I need it to do, so I don’t have the pressing need. My eyesight is fixable with prescription glasses, and it’s not like I’m not going to be entering the Olympics any time soon. Nothing’s particularly broken, and then there’s the squick-factor – even the idea of wearing contact lenses freaks me out. However – with necessity being the mother of invention, if it was a choice between going blind and having cybernetic eyes, I’d go for the eyes. If I was diabetic, I’d go for a pump. If I had heart problems, I’d get a pacemaker. If I’d lost a limb, I’d want a replacement that did as much as possible. I’m used to just getting on with things – lifelimiting conditions aren’t noble or fun. Let’s make things better with technology. Without Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash there'd be no Google Earth. Without Isaac Asimov there wouldn't be Honda's ASIMO. Anything from your own writing (or another writer's) you'd like to see make it's way over into reality? I’m already on record as saying that there should be a way of joining all the fundamental forces of nature together in a series of elegant equations, very much like Maxwell did with the electromagnetic. If we could then turn electricity into gravity, imagine all the amazing machines we could build – and not just ones that blow shit up, either. Hover boards! Flying cars! Floating buildings! Space ships with gravity drives!

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ConFigs, the first issue. Transhumanism. Interview: Simon Morden. Poetry: Jhon Z. Baker, Dale Herring. Short Fiction: Richard Thomas, Simon...

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