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Juan Enriquez is my new science god

He’s funny, he’s intelligent, and he’s making a point to people smarter than you or I in a way that you and I can understand – while still making a point that the smart guys in that room hadn’t heard before. give it a listen… It’s inspiring and funny… which is awesome. This is the site these talks are hosted on.

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Light at the end of the tunnel (is that a train?)

I’m still blogging from the library, but I found a wireless network adapter online (for half price, no less. Which means I could afford it. . . the original was sixty four dollars *ouch*) and it should be here today or tomorrow. Newegg ROCKS! lol. free three day shipping on a half-off brand-new top of the line item. . . I luh you, Newegg.

So with any luck, your fearless blogger should be back to his old blogging form sometime in the next couple of days, barring snail-mail fuckups or lack of funds for ISP. . . Wish me luck,  all!

Methuselah, here we come!

Ah, science fiction....
Ah, science fiction...

Like every kid who read science fiction, I’ve always wanted to survive long enough to get to the era of youthening rays and cyborgs – heck, who hasn’t?

Woot! I could look like a model!

Living forever- or at least much, much longer than your forebears- has always been a popular theme in the public’s fantasies and in science fiction. And just to make this clear, we are talking about healthy, enjoyable lengthening of life, not a withering husk who technically has more years but gets less enjoyment out of them.

Well, celebrate, all you youngsters, young- and middle-aged adults, because something’s being done about that dream, and in the most efficient way possible. It’s called the Methuselah Prize.

The Methuselah prize is structured similar to the X-prize, but instead of commercial space travel, it tackles longevity and quality of life, bringing together scientists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, all focused on the goal of extending and improving the quality of human  life.

Projections for the success of this project in actually improving the length and quality of real lives? they differ, but range somewhere between the next decade and the next twenty or thirty years. so all of you who are less than thirty, have hope – you might just live to see the day where you can go to a doctor for your youthening ray treatment – although most likely you’ll have to wait in line behind Zac Efron.

"I'm sorry, sir, What age were you going for again?" "Twenty-five." "...Oops."

Natal. A most peculiar thing.

I found out a bit more about Microsoft’s Project Natal, for the Xbox 360. It’s an amazing bit of technology, and I’ll show you some of it here by reposting one or two of the multiple demonstration videos available on youtube.

One of the things that Microsoft has said, many times over, is that they want to hear our opinions and suggestions about what kind of game we would create, what we would do with the technology. These are the ideas I came up with, based on watching all of the videos.

I’d very much like to see a mix between lionshead’s Milo idea and a next-generation version of the Sims. Imagine how awesome it would be to actually talk with your sims, and have them react holistically, understanding not just the surface order, but also the context. . . allowing the sims to be capable of independent decision making, remembering to do the basic tasks themselves, asking your opinion before deciding on a career, that sort of thing…

Or better yet, the ability to bring real-world board games (chess, checkers, chinese checkers, go, etc.) in and play with a computer opponent – your milo.

A more detailed and refined system for creating art (about this video )would be nice, something where you could create fine brushstrokes and not have to pose to draw an elephant. ^^

Perhaps therapy for people with social disorders, as has been attempted with SecondLife – A lot of people would actually rather not air their private laundry to a real person, but recognize the need for therapy…

These are all off the top of my head. What will be even more amazing is what can be done in terms of fantasy fulfillment (being a superhero, learning how to pilot a plane, exploring strange new worlds like star trek or star wars, etc.) …

The sky is really the limit. I think that the most important starter program for this technology at the moment, though, is Milo-based. Truly interactive AI avatars with personality and emotional recognition characteristics, the virtual confidant.

i think this is potentially the most ground-breaking new device since the NES. The only thing remaining is to see whether Microsoft and the third-party programmers use that potential, or squander it.