Doug Pagitt recently posted a link to a BBC interview with a theoretical physicist. Even for one with a casual interest in string theory, it was trippy to hear ideas I normally associate with Star Trek spoken by a scientist. Dark matter possibly being the gravitational influence of other dimensions? Three satellites being launched to form the largest triangulation device in order to detect these dimensions? Wow.
Not long afterward, I heard about The Singularity Summit coming up in a few days at Stanford, discussing how “after the singularity, humans as they exist presently won’t be the driving force in scientific and technological progress, eclipsed cognitively by posthumans, AI, or both.” This is Ghost in the Shell material. If you believe Bill Joy (co-founder of Sun Microsystems), it might be more like The Matrix: “We are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil.”