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   Sunday, August 17, 2003  

The A-infos Radio Project: Program Details: A Theory of Fun
Subtitle: Speech by Eliezer Yudkowsky, transhumanist AI theorist
Summary: Yudkowsky spoke at the Transvision 2003 at Yale University, June 28, 2003. Followed by a Change Surfing editorial on civil union contracts.

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   Friday, August 15, 2003  

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Unboilable bug points to hotter origin of life
Scientists have discovered the world's toughest life form. The single-celled microbe, called "strain 121" for the moment, can survive at a scorching 130C higher than the boiling point of water and nearly 20 degrees higher than the previous record holder.

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   Thursday, August 07, 2003  

Robotic Nation, by Marshall Brain

Read Marshall Brain's perspective on how robots will take over the majority of job by 2040.

"Automated retail systems like ATMs, kiosks and self-service checkout lines marked the beginning of the robotic revolution. Over the course of fifteen years starting in 2001, these systems proliferated and evolved until nearly every retail transaction could be handled in an automated way. Five million jobs in the retail sector were lost as a result of these systems. "

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   Wednesday, August 06, 2003  

Betterhumans > News > Famed Researcher Proposes New Aging Mechanism: "A Russian researcher known for his theory of how shortening chromosome caps contribute to cell death is now proposing another mechanism to explain programmed aging. "

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Japanese scientists are starting work on prehistoric DNA samples for what may become an attempt to clone a woolly mammoth.

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   Tuesday, August 05, 2003  

The war according to David Hackworth
The retired colonel calls Donald Rumsfeld an "asshole" whose bad planning mired U.S. troops in an ugly guerrilla conflict in Iraq. His sources? Defiant soldiers sending dispatches from the front.

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   Sunday, August 03, 2003  

my new blog, on the subject of free will.

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