Second Life Begins Preparations for Next Gen Virtual Reality

Posted on Sun 29 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with future, second life, tech, vr • 1 min read

Second Life has always been one the pioneering efforts for Virtual Reality, and its in-sim economy has always been really impressive. Now, it sounds like the folks at Linden Labs are getting ready to prep its platform for integration with gear such as the Oculus Rift.

Linden Lab is marshaling …


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Peter Watts and the Gene Genies

Posted on Sat 21 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with biology, future, genetics • 2 min read

Peter Watts serves up a two part article on RNA editing, and how it might impact the future of entire populations. It is frightening.


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Mars One Is Deeply Flawed

Posted on Sat 21 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with future, space, tech • 1 min read

Elmo Keep’s interview with Mars One applicant Joseph Roche reveals that the program is deeply flawed. Indeed, some elements such as having applicants donate their speaking fees to the program in exchange for points even sounds like a scam.

So, here are the facts as we understand them: Mars …


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Warren Ellis: On space travel

Posted on Tue 06 April 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with future, space • 1 min read

This is a great Wired article by Warren Ellis on the current state of space travel and sums up my feelings as well. Some gems from the article:

The single simplest reason why human space flight is necessary is this, stated as plainly as possible: keeping all your breeding pairs …

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Wolfram|Alpha

Posted on Sat 16 May 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with databases, future, science, wolframalpha • 1 min read

Quite simply, I think this is one of the greatest advances in library science and computing in recent memory. This isn’t just a toy or a search engine, this is a knowledge processor that makes any factual data in its system instantly computable.

If you are a teacher or …


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Warren Ellis: ‘We’re living in the last days of the Roman empire’

Posted on Wed 15 April 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, future, publishing • 1 min read

Those of you who already read Ellis’ work will find no surprises in his first column for Wired UK, but this piece is worth reading regardless. There’s a lot of meat in this column, but it would be easy to discount it as simply strange. That would be a …


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Japan child robot mimicks infant learning

Posted on Tue 07 April 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with apocalypse, future, robots • 1 min read

Via grinding.be:

Scientists at Osaka University in Japan have created a robot that learns in a similar manner to human infants. CB2 (Child-robot with Biometric body), uses it processor, eye cameras and touch sensors to learn from it’s designers similar to the way a child learns from its …


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The three schools of Singularitarianism | Futurismic

Posted on Fri 13 February 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with future, singularity • 1 min read

I like the fact that this article explains that the notion of the Singularity too often just gets lumped into whatever Kurzweil has been saying lately, which is not necessarily representative of a consensus among futurists. This is probably why you get jokes from people like Warren Ellis such as …


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