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Published on Feb 13, 2013
Kim Stanley Robinson explores the relationships between science, science fiction, and society, with a view toward seeing where science fiction might help us to shape our efforts in the present to make a better future. As a science fiction writer interested in utopian ideals he sees transhumanists as fellow travelers - though he points out a lot of problems he sees with transhumanism.
Kim thinks it's best to keep in mind that technology is political - it isn't just machinery - its a social system. He criticizes transhumanism in that it may be fostering a kind of escapism from real world problems with isolated focus on technology only.
Of special significance is the theme 'Writing the Future'. The aim is to encourage refined communication about the future in creative ways, and thereby promote serious attention to the opportunities and risks we are facing.