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By mid-century, we'll all be able to do whatever we want, whomever we want, whenever we want, wherever we want.

You just got back from your (virtual) trip to Mardi Gras with your best (virtual) bud Charlie Sheen and you're ready for another excellent adventure. That Italian wine you're sipping has got you thinking: What would it be like to be Julius Caesar, fawned over by sexy slave girls?


What would it be like to fuck Cleopatra? Luckily, those nanobots in your brain are attuned to your every whim. Within a heartbeat you're relaxing in your villa in ancient Rome, the young Egyptian queen fondling you under your purple toga. No mummified relic, she's alive with lust, her body as firm and supple as it was in 50 B.C.


Although you know this is virtual, your senses cannot distinguish between this and the real world. One detail doesn't jibe, however: In this pre-silicone age you've imagineered, Cleopatra's breasts seem unnaturally perky. The technology is not perfect, but it learns fast: Behind the scenes, the nanobots sense your agitation over this anachronism and work at light speed to retrofit Cleo. Now, her breasts are softer to the touch, their downward slope sharper. You screw each other's royal brains out until you feel like... well, like Julius FUCKING CAESAR.


We Have The Technology


Virtual romps through time are growing ever more likely. Time Magazine's 2/21/2011 cover story ("2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal") profiles scientist Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near. He believes we're rapidly "approaching a moment"โ€”the Singularityโ€”"when computers will become more intelligent than humans." (IBM supercomputer Watson's Jeopardy! victory has focused new attention on this). "When that happens, humanityโ€” our bodies, our minds, our civilizationโ€”will be completely and irreversibly transformed."


The possibilities include merging with computers "to become super-intelligent cyborgs... Maybe we'll scan our consciousnesses into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually." There's also the darker scenario where "computers will turn on humanity and annihilate us." But let's focus on the pleasant possibilities for now.


The Future Is Now


Keep in mind: we're not talking about the distant future. Kurzweil and other respected scientists believe this will happen over the next 34 years. As Time notes, the Singularity "is not a fringe idea; it's a serious hypothesis about the future of life on Earth." Accordingly, serious players back Kurzweil. NASA hosts his 3-year-old "Singularity University," of which Google was a founding sponsor. Kurzweil is also the subject of two current documentaries.


The Singularity's implications for sex and human pleasure are astounding. In a world where computers effortlessly do all the work, humanity's only purpose will be to seek fulfillment, however one defines it. Kurzweil envisions "fully immersive, totally convincing virtual reality" where we can become anyone we want, do whatever (and whom-ever) we want, in any scenario we can imagine. A cross between The Matrix and Inception, but where individuals exert greater control over all the details of their computer-synthesized existence, including, perhaps most prominently, their sex lives. โœฆ





Renowned adventurer, explorer and writer Delon Tusk has had his exploits chronicled in the pages of Penthouse, Hustler, and on Playboy TV.



Speculative fiction & POETRY ZINE
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