Monday, April 12, 2004

Sentient Developments: New Blog Digs

For those of you who follow my personal blog, I've moved over to Blogger. This should result in more frequent blogging on my part. Here's the new location:

Preparing Teens for the Transhuman Future

John Smart recently sent me this email:

Hi George,

Below are two six page essays for a four volume series on the future (Tackling Tomorrow Today, Art Shostak (Ed.), Chelsea House) aimed at teens, accepted for publication this year. Both are set in 2035, in an era of talking (but mostly unintelligent) computers. The first has lots of pretty pictures and is more accessible. The second has more future shock, at least as I would define it.

With luck these may get a movie treatment down the road. Note that "Fremont High" is a nod to Vernor Vinge's "Fast Times at Fairmont High". Thought you might like them.

John Smart

Future Hi - Celebrating the Rebirth of Psychedelic Futurism

Check out the blog/site of our friends over at Future Hi - Celebrating the Rebirth of Psychedelic Futurism
"Seeking to create a joyous, infinitely expanding future; Future Hi is a collaborative blog cruising the intersections of higher intelligence, accelerating technology, anthropological exodus, utopian dreams, trance, autonomy, imagination and logic."
The site is also the home of The Culture site, devoted to Iain Banks' vision of a posthuman, postscarcity, socialist civilization.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

After Killing and Manufacturing, Robots Also Good Companions for Elderly

Yahoo! News - Robots Seen As Companions for Elderly
Advocates see robots serving not just as helpers - carrying out simple chores and reminding patients to take their medication - but also as companions, even if the machines can carry on only a semblance of a real dialogue. The ideal results: huge savings in medical costs, reduced burdens on family and caretakers, and old and sick people kept in better health.

War+Moore's Law = Robotics Perfect Storm

More Cash Flowing to Robotics Research
Just as the constant march of technology is driving down the cost of key components, top universities in robotics are reporting major increases in federal funding, with the Defense Department the biggest spender. The military desperately wants to reduce the number of soldiers killed by roadside bombs or surface-to-air missiles, cheap implements of war that have felled scores in Iraq. Many in the Pentagon believe the answer lies in autonomous air, sea and land vehicles.