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Old 02-05-2016, 07:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Won't someone please think of the children!
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Seriously though I saw a lecture one time where the guy went on about how he thought humans could live for a much longer time in the future, and then hypothesized about how living 200+ years would change your perspective on things like climate change or social inequity.
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:42 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I personally think, that if not us, our kids could potentially become hypothetically immortal in various ways.
Either with cyborg bodies and brains, or downloading brains into computers.

At the very least i expect some of us younger folk to live to like 150+ years old.
People can already live to like a hundred with no crazy medicine or tech if they are lucky.
I bet some rich dudes can already hit 150 now maybe.
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Why would anyone want to live that long? Once the raging hard on is gone it's time to move on.
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:25 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Yea but science could give you a boner. 50 will be the new 100.

Then, like Fender says we can just download our consciousness into new bodies/cyborgs etc.

You could even have a wireless connection and save your consciousness once a day, and if you die you redownload and loose a day at most, etc, just spitballin' generalizations.
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I hope dick cheney dies before this shit happens.
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Would you be pissed if a pill came out that could completely stop aging now that youre already old?
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The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil

Reading this one, now. The book is 10 years old, and so far, seems a bit optimistic on the point where the curve starts to take off, AI-wise, but it's still making some pretty engrossing points about where humanity is headed.

Personally, I think we're clever enough to survive ourselves, but there will be a million or more species which aren't. We're definitely going to set the planet, as a whole, back many millions of years in terms of the diversity of life.



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People always think of the robots taking over but wouldn't it be awesome if AI became self aware, figured out that we made it, then used its superspeed computing power to figure out what made us?

Think about how awesome or incredibly mundane that could be.
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Fuck yes. And who are you calling old?
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People always think of the robots taking over but wouldn't it be awesome if AI became self aware, figured out that we made it, then used its superspeed computing power to figure out what made us?

Think about how awesome or incredibly mundane that could be.
Check out the show Person Of Interest. Has to do with a super AI working with people to save people and kill terrorists n stuff. It is good.

Also i just watched that JRE podcast laat night. Was great.
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Things look really sleepy here . . .

So it looks like a good place to say something absurd. Like how I have been waiting excitedly for human screwing up of the carbon cycle to reach an important fun level since I first read about it during the International Geophysical Year of 19-Ought-58. And -59. Long year.

Science has known since at least the mid-Victorian that hooman activity was producing enough extra carbon in the atmosphere to cause an imbalance because as soon as we were able to measure the constituents of air we saw differences between industrial and pastoral environments. There's been not one shred of doubt all that time; 'global warming' is a phrase invented long after the matter of man-caused carbon-cycle messing up was beyond question.

As a kid reading Scientific American and pretending to understand it, i found the idea thrilling. Oh, sure, it would be nice, I supposed, to belong to some thoughtful, reflective species that, given some century of warning, would take thoughtful, reflective measures well in advance of so obvious a threat. Like Firesign Theatre said, it's not us. It's an interesting position, but it's not us.

Not in this solar system, boy howdy. Not a chance. We do things funner than that here. We are the skin of the teeth species, just like Thornton Wilder said. I knew we'd deny and delay, get right up to that edge - and then while arguing about whether or not we should do something long past the last moment to start, we'd discover that some other thing we'd done for similar dumb reasons was actually a pretty good thing, we'd be saved at the very edge of disaster -

Then the disaster-averting thing that just barely saves us will end up being some more distant, more scary threat; and all this time, a third of us will be loudly claiming there never was a problem in the first place, and the last-second save will be proof there wasn't.

Welcome to humanity. Best fill your pipe and draw a pint.

So here's this species that has some 10,000 years after the end of one ice age to do something amazing to prevent the next from happening, which would end their not-yet-technological culture. But they're too stupid to know they are in this race. So for selfish and ignorant reasons, mostly to make a few of them rich, they start digging carbon out of the ground and dumping it into the air. Which warmed the climate. Exactly the right thing to do, done for dirt-dumb, shortsighted reasons.

Did we make it? Amazingly, without understanding a fig of what we were doing, yes. Impeccable timing. Our ten-millenium warm spot started to transition back into deep freeze some 200 years ago. About the same time the Industrial Revolution started really kicking out the carbon. We stupidly did the right dumb-ass thing for entirely ill-informed, selfish reasons. Ecce homo.

Of course we've overshot a mite. But see, that's my point. Of course we overshot. We solved one problem we didn't even know we faced by making another problem we're denying we've made, we're ignorant of even having run let alone won this race, and if the truly stupid deniers keep us from All Getting Together to Solve Etc., we will have a pretty good shot at solving this one the same way; accidentally, and by creating greater problems farther on.

The army and navy in that big argument my dad's generation had were forced for just this reason to invent a phrase - SNAFU - to explain things that were broken the right way to prevent the over eager from fixing them or, worse yet, writing a report on them. Situation Normal, All Fucked Up. It's broken how we like it. This seems to be how the universe works.

Makes you proud we won out over those smelly Neanderthals, don't it?
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This week I ran over (4) butterflies:
Five got away.


Twenty Years ago there were thousands
crossing the states.

shit the interstate got rid of them.
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The world is always trying to kill us. If we adapt and survive, Mother Nature changes the rules and tries again.
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World Wildlife Fund reports almost 60 percent decline in wildlife populations worldwide


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