MachineMachine /stream - tagged with progress https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[psychcentral.com]]> https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/03/08/why-ray-kurzweil-is-wrong-computers-wont-be-smarter-than-us-anytime-soon/

“When Kurzweil first started talking about the “singularity”, a conceit he borrowed from the science-fiction writer Vernor Vinge, he was dismissed as a fantasist.

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:55:20 -0700 https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/03/08/why-ray-kurzweil-is-wrong-computers-wont-be-smarter-than-us-anytime-soon/
<![CDATA[The Closing of the Scientific Mind - David Gelernter, Commentary Magazine]]> https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/david-gelernter/the-closing-of-the-scientific-mind/

The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and intimidate every time they open their mouths, and it is their responsibility to keep this power in mind no matter what they say or do.

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:55:18 -0700 https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/david-gelernter/the-closing-of-the-scientific-mind/
<![CDATA[We’re already colonizing Mars.]]> https://slate.com/technology/2021/03/mars-colonization-is-already-happening.html

Sometime in April, the Ingenuity helicopter will take to the Martian air, making it, in NASA’s words, “the first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet.” Or, to put it in more mundane terms, Mars will have become another airport.

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Thu, 01 Apr 2021 04:55:06 -0700 https://slate.com/technology/2021/03/mars-colonization-is-already-happening.html
<![CDATA[Is Westernisation fact or fiction? The case of Japan and the US | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/is-westernisation-fact-or-fiction-the-case-of-japan-and-the-us

In 1860, Fukuzawa Yukichi, a young Japanese student still learning English himself, accompanied the first ever Japanese diplomatic mission to the United States as its English interpreter.

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:58 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/is-westernisation-fact-or-fiction-the-case-of-japan-and-the-us
<![CDATA[Organisms are not passive recipients of evolutionary forces | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/organisms-are-not-passive-recipients-of-evolutionary-forces

Humans are shaping the evolutionary future of life on Earth.

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Mon, 18 Jan 2021 06:55:20 -0800 https://aeon.co/essays/organisms-are-not-passive-recipients-of-evolutionary-forces
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Mon, 18 Jan 2021 02:36:07 -0800 https://beyondresolution.info/What-is-Contemporary
<![CDATA[Defuturing the Image of the Future]]> https://walkerart.org/magazine/defuturing-the-image-of-the-future

On the occasion of the opening of Designs for Different Futures at the Walker Art Center, we will be publishing a number of texts from the exhibition catalogue (Yale University Press, December 2019).

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Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:45 -0800 https://walkerart.org/magazine/defuturing-the-image-of-the-future
<![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried]]> https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:13:06 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried
<![CDATA[Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/

Parag Khanna is the author of Connectography (2016) and The Future is Asian (2019). Michael Ferrari is managing partner at Atlas Research Innovations and a senior fellow at the Wharton School.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:50 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/
<![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene

Humanity’s transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human and Earth history. Human societies, plant and animal populations, the makeup of the atmosphere, even the Earth’s surface – all were irreversibly transformed.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene
<![CDATA[Capitalist Catastrophism | ROAR Magazine]]> https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/

Is Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” this generation’s “end of history thesis”? For nearly thirty years Francis Fukuyama’s contention that “Western liberal democracy” represents “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” has measured the ebb and flow of history.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:13:11 -0700 https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/
<![CDATA[Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars

‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan office at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. It was a sunny afternoon, a Thursday, one of three designated weekdays Musk spends at SpaceX.

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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:50 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars
<![CDATA[Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures | ISSN 1555-9351]]> http://hyperrhiz.io/hyperrhiz20/expanding-criticism/2-hanna-future-shock.html

Citation: Hanna, Julian. ““Future Shock”: Manifestos in the Digital Age.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures no. 20, 2019. doi:10.20415/hyp/020.ex02 Abstract: The manifesto is currently one of most useful and vital online forms.

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Tue, 28 May 2019 23:03:14 -0700 http://hyperrhiz.io/hyperrhiz20/expanding-criticism/2-hanna-future-shock.html
<![CDATA[Stop treating tech jerks like gods]]> https://nypost.com/2018/09/01/stop-treating-tech-jerks-like-gods/

Could we stop worshipping rich men who are jerks? On Tuesday, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, took to Twitter once again with bizarre comments, saying how “strange” it is that the cave diver who rescued the Thai boys didn’t sue him after he called him a pedophile.

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Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:53 -0700 https://nypost.com/2018/09/01/stop-treating-tech-jerks-like-gods/
<![CDATA[Opinion | Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/opinion/sunday/wealth-philanthropy-fake-change.html

Society’s winners can seem so generous, until you consider what they’re really selling. “Change the world” has long been the cry of the oppressed. But in recent years world-changing has been co-opted by the rich and the powerful.

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Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:33:34 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/opinion/sunday/wealth-philanthropy-fake-change.html
<![CDATA[Bunker Mentality: Start Preparing for Ecological & Economic Disaster Free Of Corporate Overlords | Zero Hedge]]> https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-10/bunker-mentality-start-preparing-ecological-economic-disaster-free-corporate

Let’s face it: reading stories about the ongoing destruction of planet Earth, the life-sustaining blue marble that all of us – aside from maybe Elon Musk – are permanently trapped on, has got to be one of the least-favorite topics of all time.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:41:12 -0700 https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-10/bunker-mentality-start-preparing-ecological-economic-disaster-free-corporate
<![CDATA[Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium]]> https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”

I’ve never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where I’m asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.

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Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:30 -0700 https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1
<![CDATA[Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space | The New Yorker]]> https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/elon-musk-and-the-failure-of-our-imagination-in-space

Long before mastering the mechanics of spaceflight, men imagined sending other men into the cosmos.

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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:33 -0700 https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/elon-musk-and-the-failure-of-our-imagination-in-space
<![CDATA[The humanist left must challenge the rise of cyborg socialism]]> https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/04/humanist-left-must-challenge-rise-cyborg-socialism

Undiagnosed by the mainstream media and much of the academic community, a major intellectual renewal is underway across the left. It is energetic and tech-savvy, building platforms such as Novara Media.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:34:14 -0700 https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/04/humanist-left-must-challenge-rise-cyborg-socialism