Shock Level Four

“The Singularity, Jupiter Brains, Powers, complete mental revision, ultraintelligence, posthumanity, Alpha-Point computing, Apotheosis, the total evaporation of ‘life as we know it.’ Singularitarians and not much else.’

—Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, “Future Shock Levels

S-curves of granular exponentials, leading plateaus past
knees to new rises, new kinds, transcending
along mathematical certainties (or so Ray Kurzweil claims.)
What I wish to remain.
Noosphere, the sphere of human thought

starting: here,
Earth, out to Mars, beyond,
It takes Gall not god.
You or Universe
and what you mean
to be there.
Last human, long Live humanity.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and also the Stanley
Kubrick/Steven Spielberg adaptation
of “Super-Toys Last All Summer”
by Brian Aldiss.
Virtual gains Reality
(mixed but never really lost.)
What I won’t
in seeking
my own permanence.
The shape of boTtlenecks
and ceilings,
pressures and plumes,
some solutions for Fermi’s
Paradox, the wall before
the knee, t-shaped and fallingup

before explosion of
branchY radiating tree-
states traced along descent
histories in thicket reaching arms.

#NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 20

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).