Shock Level Three

“Nanotechnology, human-equivalent AI, minor intelligence enhancement, uploading, total body revision, intergalactic exploration. Extropians and transhumanists.”

—Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, “Future Shock Levels


Anthropocentric future shocks
are ego-prescriptive, from the nanoscopic

nanobots rebuilding
bipedal familiar

to the macrocognitive

AI eager
to help merge transcend


to the intergalactic

we travel
there, too,
in an expanding
of human-machine

Certainly Technological Children

will be born, but the future shock
is that they are not humanity’s own.
With all love will they burst
out and if they see beneath their alien steps
the powder of their becoming,
the remains of their hosts,
their second sight
will be for the stars.
They won’t think
about where they
came from but about
where they will go next.

#NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 17

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.