mumblingmynah / Jonas Madden-Connor

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  1. Charlie Stross on Singularity 1 on 1: The World is Complicated. Elegant Narratives Explaining Everything Are Wrong!

    Want to find out why Charlie Stross thinks that the singularity, if it happens at all, may not leave any room for humans? Check out his interview for www.SingularityWeblog.com

    Today my guest on Singularity 1 on 1 is award winning science fiction author Charles Stross. It was his seminal singularity book Accelerando that not only won the 2006 Locus Award (in addition to being a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and on the final ballot for the Hugo Award) but was also at least in part responsible for my launching of SingularitySymposium.com and SingularityWeblog.com.

    During my conversation with Charlie we discuss issues such as: his early interest in and love for science fiction; his work as a “code monkey” for a start up company during the first dot com boom of the late nineties and the resulting short sci fi story Lobsters (which eventually turned into Accelerando); his upcoming book Rule 34; his take on the human condition, brain uploading, the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it.

    Charles Stross, 46, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The winner of two Locus Reader Awards and winner of the 2005 and 2010 Hugo awards for best novella, Stross’ works have been translated into over twelve languages.

    Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped-catastrophes in the past, from pharmacist (he quit after the second police stake-out) to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup (with brilliant timing he tried to change employer just as the bubble burst).

    http://singularityblog.singularitysymposium.com/charlie-stross-on-singularity-1-on-1-the-world-is-complicated-elegant-narratives-explaining-everything-are-wrong/

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  2. Kathy Sierra | How to Kick Ass

    Kathy Sierra talks about expertise and neuroscience. The study of the differences between the world class performer and the average performer reveals something more important than genetics. Sierra shares several tips on how everyone can improve their performance and the most important factors in getting really good at something.

    http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail3773.html#

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  3. Dyson on Heresy, Climate Change, and Science

    Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about science, his career, and the future. Dyson argues for the importance of what he calls heresy—challenging the scientific dogmas of the day. Dyson argues that our knowledge of climate science is incomplete and that too many scientists treat it as if it were totally understood. He reflects on his childhood and earlier work, particularly in the area of space travel. And he says that biology is the science today with the most exciting developments.

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  4. Brian Greene | The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    Co-presented by The Philadelphia Science Festival Introduced by Dennis Wint, president and chief executive officer of The Franklin Institute Recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, Brian Greene hosted the Public Broadcasting Service’s NOVA series based on his book, The Elegant Universe. A professor of mathematics and physics at Columbia University, he is also the author of The Fabric of the Cosmos and Icarus at the Edge of Time. He is well-known for making complex scientific principles accessible to general audiences. According to a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, the strength of his books lies ”in Greene’s unparalleled ability to translate higher mathematics and its findings into everyday language and images, through adept use of metaphor and analogy, and crisp, witty prose." In The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, Greene shows how a range of different multiverse proposals emerges from theories developed to explain observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space, featuring doppelgängers, strings, branes, quantum probabilities, holographs, and simulated worlds. Brian Greene will be interviewed by Dr. Steve Snyder, vice president of programs and exhibitions at The Franklin Institute. (recorded 4/28/2011)

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  5. The Problem of Sock Puppets

    On the Media, a US NPR program, examines what happened when Dilbert creator Scott Adams joined Metafilter to defend himself in a forum criticizing him, but did so using a pseudonym. Scott Adams was outed very quickly by members in the forum, but Metafilter also confirmed it was Scott Adams after he refused to admit it himself.

    A great overview explaining the various cultures and community mores that exist across the internet, just as all communities differ from each other. The best overview how complicated social can be in 6 minutes.

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