Monday, 2007 March 26, 22:00 — cartoons, futures

AI humor

Technopagans; Freefall

Saturday, 2007 February 3, 11:09 — fandom, futures, religion

Keith Henson arrested

Arel Lucas writes: DELETED. Arel’s initial report, written in the heat of emotion, was relayed without her permission or knowledge and she later repented of writing it.

Some background: Wikipedia; Scientology vs Keith Henson; Keith Henson News (mirror)


Friday, 2006 September 29, 22:27 — futures

not all bad

In a comment at FuturePundit, Steven Horrobin chides me for supposing — though all I said was that I hadn’t yet seen a counterexample — that all bioethicists are anti-life.

Friday, 2005 April 8, 11:10 — futures

upload induction

Previously muttered:

I often ponder what life might be like among Uploads: human minds which have been scanned into machines, leaving the flesh behind and spending most of their time in simulated worlds. . . .

Lately I’ve pondered the plight of persons uploaded unexpectedly, such as corpsicles who were frozen vitrified before uploading became possible. (For purposes of the scenario, I assume it’s easier to scan and simulate a frozen brain than to revive the cryonaut in the flesh.) What should they experience when they wake up?

Scenario A. You wake alone and nude in a sunny little room with no furniture other than the bed and a big mirror. Out the windows you see blue sky, with clouds, in all directions. An open doorway leads to a wardrobe with garments of every description. Once dressed, there’s nothing to do but go through the next door, down some stairs into a larger room where people wait to greet you. A technician briefly explains what has happened to you, and several of your friends lead you on a tour of the new multiverse.

Scenario B. You wake in a hospital bed; a couple of white-coats verify that you can hear and see and walk, and assure you that most of your questions will be answered in the orientation session beginning shortly.

Scenario C. You wake in a four-poster bed; a cartoon Jeeves greets you while opening the curtains, asks whether you’d like a bath, and says visitors are expected for lunch. It soon becomes apparent that this apparition knows literally nothing beyond its role as a valet.

Saturday, 2004 December 11, 14:54 — drugwar, futures, medicine, security theater

links without comment

Barlow v TSA (password-protected) (thanks Sunah)

Tasteless Screeners Awards

Gun Grabbers Say the Damnedest Things!

School as prison

What is Too Human? The ethics of human-animal chimeras

An Indian’s Thanksgiving Proposal

Give ’em what they want: more government

Sunday, 2004 December 5, 15:51 — luddites, medicine, politics

guess what

Travis doesn’t like “bioethicists” either.

Tuesday, 2004 November 30, 13:08 — economics, futures, medicine

three extropian items

Mike Linksvayer attended a lecture on “Changes in the Disparities in Chronic Diseases During the Course of the Twentieth Century”.

Perry Metzger shares a report (pdf) on infrastructure in Somalia. (Later: Michael Tennant comments on it at Strike The Root.)

Mike also has a map showing the potential partition of Ukraine. He wraps up:

It’s time to stop thinking of nation states as sacred and inviolable entities that must be held together with violence in opposition to the wishes of inhabitants, [rather than] as service providers that must peacefully change and differentiate to best meet the needs of inhabitants.
. . . .
So long as freedom to live and work in all parts of the formerly unified state is maintained for all citizens of the smaller states, there need be no negatives for individual citizens, apart from a loss of irrational nationalistic feeling for the unified state, which will eventually transfer to the smaller states in those with the need for such feelings. I’d be happy to see the U.S. split into fifty separate countries under such terms.

(afterthought 2009) I would hope that most citizens keep an attachment to the wider region’s culture, rather than to the successor state.

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