How we became posthuman by N. Katherine Hayles

After I had recently posted some notes from the net to an essay about the transhumanist movement and later to the skepticism about not-quite-unrelated-yet-almost-orthogonal idea of super-intelligence, I recalled that the top three (out of the dozens of) unfinished posts for this web page relates to similar themes. The oldest is an own essay on […]

Superintelligence critique popping up

It is probably priming, but ever since I put up that other note from the net last week, with the view of transhumanism and religion, I see critiques of the idea of superintelligence / singularity concepts both here and there. Or it could be that now Bostroms’s book spent enough time on the bestseller lists […]

CBC Ideas on Robert Pirsig 1928 – 2017

CBC’s excellent Ideas program has republished their show on Robert Pirsig (best known as the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) who passed away a few days ago. It is really worth a listen (as is their whole program series; available as podcasts). I was lucky to read Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of […]

Control of an HIV epidemic among injection drug users: simulation modeling on complex networks

Alexander R. Rutherford, Bojan Ramadanović, Lukas Ahrenberg, Warren Michelow, Brandon D. L. Marshall, Will Small, Kathleen Deering, Julio S. G. Montaner, and Krisztina Vasarhelyi ACM Digital Library @inproceedings{Rutherford:2016:CHE: author = {Rutherford, Alexander R. and Ramadanovi\'{c}, Bojan and Ahrenberg, Lukas and Michelow, Warren and Marshall, Brandon D. L. and Small, Will and Deering, Kathleen and Montaner, […]

Farewell Cascadia (for now) – a photo dump

In the end of January I moved away from Greater Vancouver, BC, and while I hope to return some day the future is open. I think the Pacific Northwest will always have a very special place in my heart. Anyway, while checking through my phone I found (as one does) a bunch of photos. Most […]

Drone Self-Defense and the Law – www.schneier.com

Bruce Schneier has an excellent piece called Drone Self-Defense and the Law in his September 15, 2015 newsletter. It is about the mainstreaming of the RC hobby and how this might come to interact with privacy. I touched on this in a post  of my own last month, but of course Schneier writes a much […]

A Practical Artificial Leaf Begins to Unfold | MIT Technology review

Photosynthesis is one of the coolest techniques in nature, but also something of a mystery; something we’ve had a hard time reproduce. Efforts to understand the efficiency of the process has been underway for a long time, and I recall seeing claims about quantum coherency in the antennae proteins picking up the photons (though that […]