2020 and Beyond
Death of a Cyborg
"Discarded, descending into the cold dark waters, it was a fitting end."
I think dystopian and post apocalyptic futures draw us in because we've come so far in the last 100 years that we're beginning to have a hard time envisioning what lies ahead us. It's so much easier to look back at sitting around fires and killing things with our bare hands than it is to find a way to build, to grow, to overcome our problems.
No matter how tough stuff gets, remember that the history of humanity is the history of progress. With each new solution comes a new host of problems, but also new joys and new ways to define our humanity. The future is bright :)
Portrait of an Early Transhumanist
“Transhumanism is a funny thing, when you think about it. Someone - an early transhumanist, I think - once said that the human race is an acorn that is unafraid to destroy itself in growing into a tree. But trees, like all living things, die…
I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of dying… At least not for another few thousand years."
Oligarch Tabia Aza, Source Co-Founder
Portrait of an Early Transhumanist II
“I’m so sick of hearing about natural selection. I couldn’t hear or see until I was three years old - there was no dignity, only pain. frustration and fear. And what about my parents? Can you imagine working 16 hour days in a factory, scrimping and saving like my parents did for over five years, to have a child - a child that comes out defective? How disappointing it must have been! If I had been born in the old republic, my parents would have left me under a tree to die of exposure or worse.
I was one of the lucky ones. Some religious group covered the cost of my corrective surgery - but it was completely unnecessary - it could have been avoided altogether!
Pinning all of your hopes and dreams on natural selection is insanity… and if my parents could have afforded testing, much less selection, they would have! We can do better now, and we will do better. Titan will drag the human race kicking and screaming into the 22nd century, if need be.”
He Wei Cheng - Chairman, Titan Medical Corporation
Waiting for a Ride
Setting aside all the lore and things for a minute, this is the painting that started The World of Null. To celebrate three years of Null I painted this scene from another perspective (see Vanity). This one will always hold a special place in my heart and remind me of the time I quit smoking :)