It's been an amazing week. The book is gaining a lot of interest, and things are starting to catch up very quickly. I had an interview with Peter Murray from Singularity Hub, and he wrote a very good article about my upcoming book, which was even featured on the front page of their website.
Next, I was contacted by The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), whose mission is to be a center for voices arguing for a responsible, constructive, ethical approach to the most powerful emerging technologies. They believe that technological progress can be a catalyst for positive human development so long as we ensure that technologies are safe and equitably distributed.
You can read my article here, which will part of a series, outlining the general principles presented in the book.
I've also been contacted by some very influential people and organisations. Things are looking good, the times are extremely exciting.
We are moving fast.
List of things worth mentioning, in no particular order.
Awesome YouTube channels
- CGP Grey - incredible reason and clarity, great sense of humour, debunking misconceptions like no others.
- potholer54 - science and reason FTW, debunking creationists, climate deniers, and generally idiots with painstaking patience and incredible irony.
Films worth watching
- Possession (1981)
- L'homme qui plantait des arbres (1987)
- Hotaru no haka (1988)
- Tetsuo (1989)
- Spiklenci slasti (1996)
- Pi (1998)
- Waking Life (2001)
- Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)
Science and technology sites I regularly read
- Slashdot - news for nerds, stuff that matters
- PhysOrg - science news, technology, physics, nanotechnology, space science, earth science, medicine
- ZeitNews - technologies that can change the world, for the better.
- KurzweilAI - accelerating Intelligence.
- Singularity Hub - the future is already here.
- TorrentFreak - because information is free.
- arXiv blog - mostly physics.
- Not Even Wrong - an alternative view to String Theory.
- Building a smarter planet - according to IBM.
- Daniel Lemire - good analysis on the impact of technology in today's society.
Web comics I enjoy
- xkcd - a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Basically a geek bible. My universe.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: excellent irony about science and society.
- Dresden Codak - a celebration of science, death and human folly. Obligatory read if you read any of Kurzweil's works, and have a general knowledge of physics and accelerating change.
- The Oatmeal - stinking, rancid awesomeness.
- Dilbert - life in a cubicle.
- PHD Comics - the life a of typical researcher. I can confirm, it's all true!