New Scientist talks about creating “Immortal Avatars,” which, in essence, are like Zoe Graystone from Caprica; not so much a replica as the best approximation of you as possible from the given data. Data could include photos, correspondence like email, blogs, facebook and even essays and personality tests written and taken specifically for the […]
One of the biggest letdowns for me about the film Wall-E was that all of the robots, save the evil navigator, were in some way visually anthropomorphic. They had hands, eyes, voices, that were unmistakably humanish. Pixar’s great mascot, Luxo Jr., managed to be lovable without these traits. There is a certain […]
Tony Judt lets us into the struggles of his daily routine. His summary of his condition:
In effect, ALS constitutes progressive imprisonment without parole. First you lose the use of a digit or two; then a limb; then and almost inevitably, all four. The muscles of the torso decline into near torpor, a practical […]
I just finished Tyler (<3) Cowen‘s Create Your Own Economy, which can be described as a study in the benefits of autistic forms of thinking. Sherlock Holmes is Cowen’s prime example, though somehow I don’t think Robert Downey Jr. is going with that interpretation. Organization, filtering, retaining, and recalling massive amounts of […]
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