Category Archives: Extinctions

The Anthropocene Epoch

It seems to me…. “Imagine our descendants in the year 2200 or 2500. They might liken us to aliens who have treated the Earth as if it were a mere stopover for refueling, or even worse, characterize us as barbarians … Continue reading

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The Inevitability of General AI

It seems to me…. “We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.” ~ Vernor Vinge[1]. I have frequently stated my belief that development of so-called artificial intelligence (AI) is inevitable; that humans … Continue reading

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Reversing Environmental Degradation

It seems to me…. “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” ~ Margaret Mead[1]. World leaders gathered at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11, being held in Le Bourget, Paris, on … Continue reading

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A Hungry World

It seems to me… “Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry.” ~ Norman Borlaug. It has been quite a … Continue reading

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Space Exploration: Why Now?

It seems to me… “Man is an artifact designed for space travel.  He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.”  ~ William S. Burroughs. I was … Continue reading

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