"If sex is a communications platform, it has yet to be properly hacked," writes author and essayist Mac Tonnies in an essay tackling the potentially tricky role sexuality may (or may not) play in a world that is posthuman or routinely engaged in alien contact. Covering everything from the technical ineptitude of sexual relations to the potentially lethal ramifications of total control over bodily pleasures, Tonnies offers plenty of food for thought.
"A posthuman intelligence might look upon sensuality about as fondly as we regard intestinal parasites," Tonnies notes, adding elsewhere, "Sufficiently inclined posthumans might choose to retain sex for recreational value while severing its dependence on a bodily substrate."
Who knows where we might end up? As Tonnies points out: "The very concept of 'natural' has undergone serious revision in a remarkably brief period of time."
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