May 31, 2013

In Memory of Fallen Stars

Unu appeared to the girl as a crane. She was 7, washing her clothes. Unu asked her, "Do you know numbers, little girl?"
"What are you, to speak like a man?" the girl asked.
"I'm a man in spirit," said Unu, "and my spirit speaks so you can hear."

The Beach Comber
by Tarrby

Maybe one day in the distant future, along our path to post-humanity, we'll develop "superpowers" like reliable ESP or time travel by discovering and fully understanding certain mathematical structures. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it all stems from this fascinating interview with cosmologist Max Tegmark on the deepest substratum of the universe. I recommended it yesterday and do so again because you don't want to miss it.

Just imagine. Equations that gave you the power to duplicate yourself in a different time and place. To occupy the consciousness of every single individual on the planet. You'd be the most dangerous person in the universe -- unless laws existed to keep you in check...

Japanese Crane
by Sandra Dieckmann

Further reading:
Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers
Humans with amplified intelligence could be more powerful than AI
How I rediscovered the oldest zero in History

Inspirational stuff:
35 ways to be a more creative blogger.

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