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 […]

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 […]

Planet Money on How To Stop An Asteroid

The latest episode of NPR’s excellent Planet Money podcast is about the economics of How to Stop an Asteroid.They interview B16 Foundation‘s Ed Lu among others. It is not a long listen, but an interesting one, and it explains the asteroid threat and some of the issues about detecting and removing, about which I rambled […]