Altered Carbon (feat. Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist) : Episode 128

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Altered Carbon

What: A great scifi vehicle for questions of consciousness and identity and transhumanism and Joel Kinnaman’s abs.
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik, Nick Hurran, Uta Briesewitz, Andy Goddard, Peter Hoar
Starring:  Joel Kinnaman, Martha Higareda, James Purefoy

Featuring guest co-host
zoltan istvan headshotZoltan Istvan, Transhumanist Political Candidate

Recommended and Related Media

Zoltan does a lot of writing and speaking. Check his website or follow him on his social channels to keep up!
Website | Twitter | Facebook

Altered Carbon (the novel) by Richard K. Morgan
Handled the transhumanism and immortality and VR and AI stuff really well a ways back, and it the basis for this show! It’s more bare-bones noir detective story, with less of the drama that characterized the Netflix adaptation.
Read it with your eyes iTunes | Amazon
Read it with your ears iTunes | Amazon

Altered Carbon (the Netflix original series)
The series adaptation from the book! Cyberpunk! Noir detectives!

Show Notes

Immortality by transplant

Analogy with developments in head transplantation. Consciousness uploading. Preservation of identity. Conflict of human immortality with religion.

Transhumanism and Identity

The meaning of race and gender in a world where anyone can be any variety of human (and more). Merging with AI and technology in general.


The boundaries of the “self” and the “mind” and the meat. Hard to draw! The influence of the greater body system over the “self” part and boners. So many boners. But not from nipple stuff, no sir. ?

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