Category Archives: Catastrophic

Survival Limitations

It seems to me… “This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.” ~ T. S. Eliot (The Hollow Men). Everyone … 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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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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