How do you design a society for the really long term? There are a couple of levels to consider: notably, decision-making and economics. And it doesn’t look as if we’ve got any good solutions to either.
So the Large Hadron Collider has been shut down yet again – this time on account of a bird dropping a piece of a bagel onto some sensitive outdoor machinery. The incident is not expected to keep the LHC out of commission for too much longer, but it represents yet another strange event that has kept the world’s most infamous particle accelerator out of service. In fact, the LHC has yet to function at full operational capacity since its completion over a year ago.
Greg Barns is an author, political commentator and barrister. He was an advisor to NSW Premier Nick Greiner and also for the Howard Government. He is also a spokesperson for the Prison Action and Reform Group.
Michael Duffy is an Australian radio presenter and newspaper columnist. He presents the Counterpoint program on ABC Radio National. He was originally hired in an attempt by Radio National management to find, in the words of Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a “right-wing Phillip Adams.”
Norm Stamper is the former Chief of the Seattle Police Department. He is an advisory board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing.
Dr. Alex Wodak is the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He is also President of the International Harm Reduction Association and the author of Drug Prohibition: A Call for Change.
Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, West Germans as well as East Germans are regularly polled on their stance toward religion. When asked whether they believe in God, most East Germans simply respond by saying: “Nope, I’m perfectly normal.”
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It’s all too easy to get one’s own narrative wrong. A pattern-seeking brain takes the raw materials of a messy life, viewed in retrospect, and knits a script with you-know-who in the heroic lead. It’s like a tornado blowing through a junkyard and assembling a 747.
Dr. J. chats with Bruce Katz, author of Neuroengineering the Future: Virtual Minds And The Creation Of Immortality. They discuss augmented cognition, induced bliss, and the elusiveness nature of personal identity. (MP3)
Fear is a great motivator. Throughout history, successful leaders have known how to use fear to unite and to manipulate their followers. Usually this fear is of “the other,” a group that looks different, talks different, or worships a different god.
Dr. J. interviews Michael Belfiore on his book about DARPA, The Department of Mad Scientists, Michaelbelfiore.com
Michael’s new book, “The Department of Mad Scientists” (05:27) How to get anywhere on the planet in about four hours (03:53) How much good does DARPA do us? (05:12) The slightly scary-sounding “Total Information Awareness” project (04:03) DARPA’s legendary secrecy (03:47) Should all organizations do it DARPA style? (03:58)
Not only will we spend the rest of our lives in the future, we also spend quite a bit of our present thoughts on it, wondering about, and wanting and dreading, the technologies, problems, discoveries, and upheavals that await us. But this focus on the future might be dulling our edge when it comes to adapting to it in creative ways.
Dr. J. chats with Martin Ford, author of The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Ford argues that automation and globalization will lead to further concentration of wealth and structural unemployment unless we take steps to support jobs and public income. Part 2 of 2.
Dr. J. chats with Martin Ford, author of The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Ford argues that automation and globalization will lead to further concentration of wealth and structural unemployment unless we take steps to support jobs and public income. Part 1 of 2.
Cyberconsciousness implies techno-immortality. Immortality means living forever. This has never happened in the real world, so we think of immortality as a spiritual existence (as in heaven) or as a non-personal existence (as in ‘Bach’s music will live forever’). With cyberconsciousness it will be possible, for the first time, for a person to live forever in the real world. This unique, technologically empowered form of living forever is called techno-immortality.