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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-05-07 04:50
Subject: [links] Link salad goes back to work
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Original Star Trek vs Star Trek Reboot

Saving Tesla — (Kiped from Gizmodo.)

World's fastest camera — Steam! (Thanks to corwynofamber.)

EGR: A 'Hail Mary' Pass to the Stars — Wow, are there some intense story ideas lurking in this Centauri Dreams post.

What Americans need — (Thanks to garyomaha.)

Should the GOP Forget Reagan?The Wall Street Journal conveniently forgets anything that ever happened in the Bush administration; also loses dictionary and forgets meaning of the word "infrastructure." Proof that Wall Street conservatives are just as invested in counterfactual wishful thinking as Main Street conservatives. Palin's not the only loon in the GOP! But we already knew that.

?otD: Where has the week gone?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 214.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Engine Summer by John Crowley

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-05-07 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: Embryonic non-humans
Thus an interstellar probe, in Hunt’s view, should not be about science, but survival. Getting humans to another star, given the short-term framework forced upon us by this oncoming singularity, would involve sending frozen embryos that would be raised by android ‘parents’ aided by virtual reality once the destination has been reached.

Could such a child, raised in such an environment, so far removed from what we consider a viable environment today, even be human? (This is a different question from 'Does such life have value?')

If such a scenario took place-- a Total Party Kill on a cosmic scale-- is the human race worth saving?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-05-07 18:15 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Embryonic non-humans
The SF writer in me wants to project these dubiously humans (to your point) into a future where a later, much more efficient star drive intersects more-or-less baseline humans with these Skinnerian offspring.

Coz, yeah...
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