Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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Another Snowy Friday Night

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* Via Kottke, here’s how we may soon use nanotechnology to fight cancer.

* Quickie Olympicsblogging: Vancouver is airlifting in snow for the Winter Olympics, and by all accounts the luge course is hugely unsafe, even by luge course standards.

* Why democracy doesn’t work: 70% of Americans think gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, but only 59% of Americans think homosexuals should be allowed to.

* Someone accidentally asked a Republican a real question on the teevee. Don’t worry—MSNBC regrets the error and will make certain it doesn’t happen again.

* Wanting to negotiate in good faith, having never learned a lesson ever, the Democrats like Baucus and Conrad would slow down the debate to give the Republicans time to participate. Juan Cole explains how Washington works.

* Throw the bums out: 8% of people think sitting members of Congress deserve re-election.

* And still more on how Democrats may fight the filibuster. We still must ask: Is America ungovernable?

I Won’t Accept It

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I just don’t see how something like spray-on glass can be real.

‘Global warming, peak oil and ubiquitous computing’

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William Gibson: the Rolling Stone interview.

In the past ten years, we’ve seen incredible advances in nanotechnology and synthetic biology. Does any of it amaze you?

My assumption has always been that at some point we would lock on to a literally exponential increase in human knowledge. That was my best guess, somewhere back in the Seventies. There hasn’t been anything that made me sit back and say, “Golly, I would never have imagined that.” The aspects of recent history that have caused me to do that have been, in every case, manifestations of retrograde human stupidity.

How do you mean?

It’s been an extraordinarily painful decade or so. I just never in my wildest dreams could have imagined that it could get as fucked up as this guy [George Bush]. It still amazes me how dumb so much of our species can manage to be. But that’s kind of like being amazed at life.

Does any of it scare you? A new synthetic life form or nanobot running amok?

That could happen. It could all go to gray goo. But it just isn’t in my nature to buy a lot of canned food and move to Alaska and try to escape the gray goo.

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April 9, 2008 at 12:22 pm