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Cloak of Invisibility (Humans 3.0 bonus chapter)

Governments and corporations are spying on everything we do. How do we regain our privacy? Simple: With a cloak of invisibility!

Cloak of Invisibility (Humans 3.0 bonus chapter)

Governments and corporations are spying on everything we do. How do we regain our privacy? Simple: With a cloak of invisibility!

CA$ 644
pledged of CA$ 5,000pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 21 2015 9:09 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 21, 2015

About

Governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies are hoovering up our data, watching our every move and just plain spying on us. It's like privacy is a thing of the past.

But the technology to create Harry Potter-like cloaks of invisibility - which bend light around an object - is real. Such "cloaks" are small and expensive today, but like all technology, they're going to get better and cheaper with every passing year. In the not-too-distant future, invisibility will be a tool that's accessible to all.

HUMANS 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species is my new book, currently available in paperback in the U.S. and Canada and as an ebook in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In it, I look at the impact that rapidly evolving technology is having on all aspects of what it means to be human, from the jobs we do and how we express ourselves to the relationships we form and the beliefs we have.

As TechCrunch puts it, it's an "anti-venom for the kind of fear-mongering technophobic of robot-controlled, despotic human futures that tend to pervade a lot of sci-fi texts."

In this Kickstarter project, I'm looking to research and write an additional bonus chapter to the book that will examine the current state of invisibility technology - its history, reality and challenges. More importantly, I'll also look at its future, and what it could mean to humanity. Will invisibility, once it is accessible to everyone, be a major boon to the species and restore our privacy - or will it lead to disaster as it falls into the wrong hands?

Risks and challenges

While obstacles are inevitable, I don't foresee any major challenges in delivering this bonus chapter. I estimate two months to write, research and edit. As a journalist who lives with daily deadlines, I'm confident I'll be able to deliver within that timeframe.

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    A handsome HUMANS 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species bookmark, mailed right to you.

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    The "Cloak of Invisibility" standalone bonus chapter to HUMANS 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species, in digital form delivered right to you.

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    The "Cloak of Invisibility" standalone bonus chapter to HUMANS 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species, in digital form delivered right to you. Plus, a sincere shout-out and thank you in the accompanying acknowledgements.

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    The standalone "Cloak of Invisibility" bonus chapter in digital form, plus a paperback copy of HUMANS 3.0 and a bookmark (postage or shipping included). U.S. and Canada only. Book and bookmark ships immediately, bonus chapter when completed.

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    Your very own "Cloak of Invisibility" video! We'll come to you, wherever you are, and make it happen. Travel costs are extra, dependent on your location. Plus, a signed copy of the book and the "Cloak of Invisibility" bonus chapter. And to top it all off: a bookmark!

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