- KK* — I write about the culture of technology. I'm an off-the-chart optimist. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. Publisher of the daily review of Cool Tools. Resident philosopher at the Technium.Editor, Author, Amateur Philosopher, 2000 - present
- WiredExecutive Editor, 1992 - 1999
- Whole Earth CatalogEditor, Publisher, 1984 - 1990
- Bell Helicopter TextronEditor, 1978 - 1979
- University of GeorgiaLab Assistant, 1982 - 1984
- Westfield High School
I had NO idea such things were possible...
Since scientists now know how to extract sperm and ova from embryos, they don't need to wait for puberty to have organisms breed. They can let those two embryo gametes fuse to make new embryos quickly. A second-generation of sperm and ova can be extracted from this instant offspring and fused after a few weeks into a third generation embryo …. compressing generations into an extremely short time. To put it crudely, you’re letting embryos have sex. If genetic selection is applied at each round, you get accelerated eugenics. This process, also called iterated embryo selection, can be used in animal breeding. For instance it can be used to quickly breed "knock-out" genetic versions of laboratory mice. Of course there are a thousands issues raised if this embryo-sex was used for human breeding. Most of these questions and a good intro to this radical idea can be found in this paper from the Journal of Medical Ethics.
OK, so it's robots landing, but still cool.
"U.S. nets Science Channel and Discovery Channel have been tapped to broadcast coverage of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition (pictured), which will see teams attempt to land an unmanned craft on the moon by December 31, 2015.
The networks will air a miniseries event that will follow the international teams racing to land their spacecraft on the moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit live pictures and video back to Earth in order to win the US$30 million grand prize. The nets will follow the entire process including testing and lift-off, and they will provide live coverage of the winning lunar landing, estimated to occur in 2015."
Hits some big social issues.
But look at the baby! Thats some pretty cool CGI/animation.
one for your collection?
According to me there are 3 ingredients to normcore fashion. You must wear clothes that
1) Are comfortable and loose
3) Generic, almost invisible
However, if I wear normcore clothes this does not count because I actually am an uncool dad. Normcore must be worn by 20-year-olds or celebrities.
The full dope is here:
In my hometown of Pacifica, a new tunnel has made an old dangerous portion of Highway 1 along the coast obsolete. So that section, called Devil's Slide, has been turned into a bike and pedestrian trail. It open yesterday afternoon at 1pm so I immediately rode my bike up to check it out. It's a fantastic view, with plenty of benches, and I bet it will become a favorite viewing spot.
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Mark Zuckerberg, the Hacker Way and the Art of the Founder’s Letter
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