"A notification pops up your watch's face. You reach into you pocket and retrieve your phone. A quick swish with your finger unlocks it and you see that a delivery confirmation has been sent to your email, for that new VR headset. The email shows that your home care android signed for the package. You slip your phone away and bring an e-cig to your lips with your cybernetic hand."

In this section, you will find reviews and analysis of cyberpunk technology and how it interfaces with society. Cyberpunk is now.

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To ask the question, what is a robot, may, to some people, indeed sound overly simplistic, or even pointless. We all know what a robot is; it is a mechanical tool used to alleviate the human from banal, menial tasks. In SF text, it may or may not take on the guise of the human […]

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When William Gibson said, “The street finds its own uses for things,” he was talking about ordinary people taking outdated technology and repurposing it for a different than intended use. The Italian programmer, Alessio Cosenza, has done just that by repurposing the Power Glove from 1989 into something much more useful in a variety of […]

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transhuman
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I used to work at a bookstore. I woke up early. Brushed my teeth. Ate something resembling breakfast. Travelled via bus for over an hour. Bought coffee. Drank coffee. Opened store. Wrote while waiting for people. Served people. Served rude people. Watched people leave. And wrote some more. And it then occurred to me, I’m […]

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In February of this year philosophers Michael Madary and Thomas Metzinger published the paper Real Virtuality: A Code of Ethical Conduct. Recommendations for Good Scientific Practice and the Consumers of VR-Technology. Beyond its bafflingly long title and ever-present academic use of colons, the paper sets out arguments for the need to curb emerging digital cultures, […]

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After the hype over the head transplantation proposed by Dr. Canavero, things have been a bit quiet in terms of big ideas for developments in transhumanism. However, on January 26th, Humai’s website was launched as a shout out for all the enthusiasts and, still, it’s worth the doubt: should you buy it as real and […]

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How would you like to be reminded in the future? More than a memory or a photography, writings and posts you published online, would you choose to have a virtual copy of yourself generating contents after you pass away? ETER9, a social network created by the Portuguese entrepreneur Henrique Jorge, gives you a chance to […]

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The list of imagined effects from the use of computers and devices connected to the Internet and one another has never been short and have always been supplemented with exaggerated imaginings. But it appears that addiction to that connection may be a real thing. Since 2008, China has declared Internet addiction as a real condition […]

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Student Air Raid
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The Cold War & The Creation of the Cyberpunk Welcome Rootwyrm to the regular contributors for Neon Dystopia. This is his first article, but definitely not the last. I vividly remember practicing air raid drills during elementary school. An alarm would sound, we would have to leave our classrooms, line up facing the cement walls, […]

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Jericho One, from Strange Days
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Warning: This post has spoilers. Is it a common place to say that David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (2012) looks like Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days (1995)? Maybe not. I have spotted a couple of people who had the same impression. On the other hand, it is indeed a common place to say that the Canadian director has […]

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