- Mass Hystericals
- Cold End of the Universe
- Thinking It Through
- Techno Logical
CQ: Look at your daily routine of regular activity and project forward: what will be a quotidian activity two hundred years from now?
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- Thinking About It
- Space Between Your Fears
- Death is a Plug-in
- What Are, Water, Everywhere?
CQ: Presume that humans that grew up on different planets are genetically modified — whether by nature or science — and therefore more adapted to different environments. Would they still be eligible for the Olympics?
Thanks to Rich the TT for the email!
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- Space Rocks
- It Thinks It Can’t
- Still, Life
- Mind interfering with Matter
- There Are No Words
CQ: Which will come first: Homo Sapiens Roboticus, in which symbiotic AI are merged with human beings, or Roboticus Sapiens, in which free-will robots exist on their own right? Why?
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I love going to conventions, particularly science-fiction conventions. I’ve gone to Balticon in Baltimore, MD for several years now, in part to attend the convention itself, and in part to hang out with a whole lot of very creative, interesting and fun folks I’ve met and admired over the years in the pod-o-sphere.
I’ve been on panels and moderated a few (this year: Misuse and Abuse of Science), but I haven’t hosted many of my own. I’m never quite sure what they will be, and that’s not a great way to build a panel.
At least.. that’s what I used to think!
I designed two panels to potentially host at Balticon, but they were very late in telling me whether or not they had been approved, so I backed off doing any work for them, on the theory that I didn’t have time to spend a lot of time preparing for something that wasn’t likely to happen. (I’ve been burned on that before, thoroughly preparing a roleplaying game scenario for a convention and then never running it.)
And then, they let me know, about two weeks before the convention, that both of my ideas were accepted, albeit as each half-hour panels back-to-back.
I tried to get some of the work I would need to pull them off ready, but then realized that I had another panel presentation to prepare for — a professional one — for another conference I would be going to the week after the convention. Faced with decreased time, I simply decided to merge the two panel slots into one, and then do the initial panel presentation/discussion I had intended.
So, that’s what this week’s recording is: the panel I led at Balticon, entitled Looking at the World in a WEIRD Way. It’s not entirely coherent, and is more like one of my older solo episodes combined with audience feedback and participation. It’s not exactly what I intended, but once I threw out the rulebook and simply existed in the space, I found it actually went well.
I won’t be presenting this madness again next year; instead, I intend to prepare and propose the other panel, entitled WEIRD or WHAT? I’m hoping I can solicit help from some of my very creative friends to do a panel inspired by a segment called Bluff The Listener from the NPR program Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.
We shall see..
- Patient, Heal Thy Self
CQ: Everybody compared inventions for ages as “the best thing since sliced bread”. Tell me a modern equivalent: what’s an invention in the last 20 years that seems relatively simple, but which has made the greatest impact to daily life?
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- Places Lost And Found
- True Tales of Medical Fiction
- Mechanical Animal
- Some Call It The Dance
- Triumph of Belief
- Food For Naught
- There Are No Small Inventions
CQ: Has humanity already transformed sufficiently to make current standard age ranges covering “child”, “adult” and “old adult” meaningless — and are they too ingrained to change? Why?
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- Well Isn’t That Spacial
- Science Friction-less
CQ: Which is better: seeking to uplift animals to near- or above-human intelligence, or creating entirely new, artificial intelligent beings?
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- 2-Way Mirror Shades
- Distance Education
- Mind Love
CQ: Do we have the obligation to change the world — or the obligation to change ourselves to fit in the world?
Feedback from Rich the TT!
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