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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

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The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online. It’s a remarkable movie and I hope you make some time to watch it. The Internet Archive makes the movie available to download or stream, in MPEG 4 and Ogg. There’s also a torrentable version. The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and […]

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Three Problems Computers Can Never Solve

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A new video by New Scientist presents three problems that computers can allegedly never solve. In short, the argument is that despite their complexity, almost all modern computers are of the type conceived by Alan Turing in 1936 – and they all have the same limitations. Turing showed that any computer predicated on human logic alone will struggle with the same questions that we do. They will always find some questions undecidable: not so much “computer says ‘no’” as “computer says ‘can never know’”. Check out […]

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Bitcoin: The Financial Singularity is Here

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I have to admit – I was a total bitcoin skeptic. But after spending several months learning about cryptocurrencies I have come to believe that bitcoin is the financial singularity – the most disruptive technology of our present day beyond whose event-horizon human affairs as we know them – be it financial or otherwise, will be fundamentally transformed. Why I was a skeptic “Bitcoin is fake money used only by criminals, libertarians and anarchists” – reported the media. “Bitcoin Is Evil” – opined Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman. […]

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Bill Andrews on Singularity 1 on 1: Ageing is not going to cure itself!

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Some will say that Bill Andrews is totally crazy – at 61 he runs an average of 10 miles per day and at least one 100 mile marathon per month. He also wants to “Cure Ageing or Die Trying”. No wonder Bill is one of the 2 main protagonists of a new documentary about life-extension aptly titled The Immortalists. As to whether he is crazy or not, I myself hope that he totally is. Because, if we are ever going to defeat ageing, we are going to […]

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Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism

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Jeremy Rifkin is a social activist, economist, futurist and best-selling author of twenty books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are being used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. In 2011, Jeremy Rifkin published the New York Times bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution, which captured the attention of the world. Mr. Rifkin’s vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era […]

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The Immortalists: David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg on Singularity 1 on 1

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In my opinion The Immortalists is a the most frank, open-minded and uniquely personal documentary about life-extension in general and Aubrey de Grey and Bill Andrews, in particular. I was privileged to attend its international premiere during the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, Canada and instantly knew that I have to interview David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg on Singularity 1 on 1. I believe that everyone interested in life-extension – whether they think we should or we should not even attempt it, must see the […]

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IDEACITY 2014: 50 Speakers, 3 Great Parties and a Ton of Inspiration

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I am very excited to share that tomorrow I will be attending IdeaCity 2014. IdeaCity is not just Canada’s premium conference – it lasts 3 days and features 50 speakers, 3 great parties and a ton of inspiration, but in my view it is a mind-blowing, horizon expanding and intellectually exciting event that is second to none. Each June in Toronto, Moses Znaimer hosts the brightest and the best, together with their biggest ideas, for a morning-to-midnight, three-day and three-night extravaganza called ideacity – an immersive, […]

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