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  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    > Ludvig Holberg > > 64: > > . . . > > Why do SF iron dreams so rarely have their wonderful teleportation networks > programmed by the likes of Microsoft? . . . Or like the "technocore" in...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    > Ludvig Holberg > 14: > > [P]retty easy to off the first few billion of us, . . . > but to off the last few thousands, not so much. > So we would bounce back, bust and boom,...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    > Read about James Fallon, a neuroscientist who discovered in his > own research that he is a psychopath. There is also "M. E. Thomas" (a pseudonym), a self-aware high-functioning sociopath who wrote _Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    > We do have methods to make people more radioresistant. . . I'm kind of surprised that after 200+ comments the Usual Suspects haven't weighed in to point out that in a few decades we'll have AIs (not as in...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    > A thousand people on Mars by the middle of this century looks > quite possible, on current developments. (Elon Musk just > set a deadline for the first boots on the Red Planet: an unmanned > Red Dragon landing...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    > So some sort of medical system for mitigating sociopathy > is a likely part of the package. (Think in terms of a brain > implant designed to replace or augment the underdeveloped amygdala > behind the symptoms of sociopathic...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    > 148: > > Stephen king used 'Jaunt' as well Yes, that was a nasty little story. Risk of teleportation as bad or worse than "The Fly". The business about having to be asleep also turns up in King's "The...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    You know, http://www.npl.washington.edu/AV/altvw143.html ("All About Teleportation", by John G. Cramer) also claims: "Teleportation is nothing new in the literature of religion. . . Not to be outdone, the Quran describes the phenomenon of Tay al-Ard (folding the Earth), in which...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    > 1: > > ...You step into the source, the interior of the two > spheres are made quantum identical, and when they cease > to be identical there is a 50% chance you have arrived > at the destination....
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Remember R. Crumb's "Short History of America" and its two possible outcomes? History: http://i.imgur.com/h1D5Qo3.jpg Two possible futures ("worst case" vs. "techno-fix on the march"): http://yuriartibise.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/The-future-according-to-Robert-Crumb.jpg...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    > Assume you are a historian in the 30th century, compiling > a pop history text about the period 1700-2300AD. What are > the five most influential factors in that period of history? Off the top of my head (and...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    > Clever people with loud views on genre often forget that > most of us consume books in the ragged gaps in our lives - on > a train or bus to work, while watching over a sleepless baby, >...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    > 74: > Pedantic nit-pick here: Please pardon a couple of even more pedantic corrections to the otherwise excellent capsule oS history. ;-> > UNIX. . . was basically written by Ken Thompson as a > hacker toy on a...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    > 267: > > I've been trying to understand the driving forces > behind this. . . > > Everyone, in some way, wants to count, to matter. . . > But it's much harder to count in today's world....
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