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The Nostalgist: A Cool Sci Fi Short Film Explores VR and More Thumbnail

The Nostalgist is a fantastic short sci fi film based on a story from the author of Robopocalypse - Daniel H. Wilson. Synopsis: With properly tuned ImmerSyst eyes™ & ears™ the futuristic city of Vanille can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his son threatens [...]

The Opportunity in Devastation: Is the Fort McMurray Fire A Model of Our Future? Thumbnail

The massive and resurgent wild fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta lead to the evacuation of 100,000 people from the beating heart of Canada's oil industry. The fire was promptly named "the Beast" because it was so powerful it generated its own lightning and thunderstorm, which in turn helped fuel and [...]

Frozen Faith: Cryonics and The Quest to Cheat Death [Video] Thumbnail

Motherboard recently did a 20 min video on cryonics and I thought I'd repost it so that we can all check it out and ponder not only the issue of cryonics itself but also the way it is often represented in popular media. Synopsis: What if we could use technology [...]

Richard Jones on Against Transhumanism: the Delusion of Technological Transcendence Thumbnail

We often tend to ignore people and books that we have strong disagreement with. And yet, often times it is precisely those interactions that are very productive in helping us re-evaluate our own positions and see things from a fresh perspective. I find that, more often than not, confronting rather [...]

Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn on AI and the Singularity Thumbnail

Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype and Kazaa, got so famous in his homeland of Estonia that people named the biggest city after him. Well, that latter part may not be exactly true but there are few people today who have not used, or at least heard of, Skype or Kazaa. [...]

Spencer Wolf on his Mindbender Sci Fi Novel “After Mind” Thumbnail

Spencer Wolf is the award-winning author of After Mind, a mindbender of a science fiction novel about mind-uploading and AI that I just finished reading. When Spencer was a young child attending summer camp he would treat his home-sickness by programming late into the night on his massive TRS-80 personal computer, [...]

MIT Media Lab Dialogue on DRM with Richard Stallman, Joi Ito and Danny O’Brien Thumbnail

"We must destroy DRM. There can be no peace with DRM. A product with DRM has been designed explicitly to stop you from doing things" said Dr. Richard Stallman... Synopsis: Will the future of the Web include Digital Rights Management? The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the MIT-based international standards body [...]

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