Transhumanism in popular culture
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- 1990: L.A. Law - "Rollins old law school girlfriend, asks him to represent her suing the state for her constitutional right to be frozen alive for she has an inoperable brain tumor."
- 1996: The Simpsons in 'The Day the Violence Died' references the urban legend that Walt Disney's head was cryonically frozen after his death
- 1997: In "The Springfield Files" it turns out sightings of aliens were in fact Mr Burns having undergone his weekly regime therapies to "cheat death for another week". Burns is also portrayed as a cyborg in a non-cannon episode.
- 1999: Ross from Friends references Vernor Vinge's The Coming Technological Singularity
- 2010: Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory makes multiple references to living until the singularity such as his short-live used of a Kurzweil-eque telepresence device
- 2010: British comedy series That Mitchell and Webb Look features a sketch lamenting the availability of life extension for the next generation
- 2010: British comedy series 'The IT Crowd' features IT uber-geek Moss being jealous when his unpredictable boss gets a bionic hand sooner than him. "Don't worry, Jen, you'll get your wish, just as I one day, I'll get my robot hand."
- 2010: Buddy-cop parody 'The Other Guys' abruptly stops to ask "Computers! What if, one day, they were in charge?"
- 2011: Mystery series 'Castle' episode 'Head Case' features a murder of a cryonics patient The episode was described by Mike Darwin as "the best cryonics-themed TV programming I’ve ever seen"
- 2015: Master of None S01E04 has a throw away line about The Singularity
- 2015-2017: Silicon Valley is full of references, unsurprising considering it's set in Silicon Valley
- A human cyborg
- A cyborg and possibly uplifted monkey
- Parabiosis and fringe life extension ideas
- Cryonics - The resting place of Peter Gregory's brain
- Gilfoye is concerned for Roko's basilisk, a Ben Goertzel-looking character buils a Sophia-like robot in episode 'Artificial Emotional Intelligence'
- 2017: An episode of Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries features a youth elexir called "Pendrimine", with "The promise of eternal youth in just one dose."
- 2017: House of Cards "Chapter 60" has Larry Page-a-like demonstrate an emerging product for digital immortality, of which protagonist Frank Underwood ridicules preferring a future dead in the dirt. It's revealed energy giant Raymond Tusk is signed up for cryonics.
- Disney on Ice: Walt's Frosty Afterlife?
- ross humans machines
- Friends -- Interfacing
- The Big Bang Theory - Sheldon as a Robot
- Mitchell and Webb - Immortal Kids
- IT Crowd Robot Hand
- what if... one day...(the other guys)
- HBO’s Silicon Valley perfectly skewers the industry’s lust to live forever