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Blogger William Orem wrote on Jan. 12, 2008 @ 18:56 GMT


Time to upgrade that so-last-season flip phone you are still carrying around in favor of a flashing lightweight earpiece? Tech moves so fast these days, in part thanks to the Law of Accelerating Returns, we've hardly time to show off the latest before it becomes the out-of-datest. The positive side, of course, is that updates can in fact bring about startling improvements‚ such as those...

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Blogger William Orem wrote on Jan. 24, 2008 @ 20:55 GMT
Addendum: This isn't technically Foundational, but for those interested in humanity's quest to become a spacefaring species, there's noteworthy news this week.

Richard Branson-- the Virgin Galactic entrepreneur who has said he wants to offer low-orbit tourism by 2010 -- just unveiled the much-awaited Spaceship Two. Construction and test-flights of the midair-launched vehicle will take place later this year, and the seats for the first public trips are already filled -- at an affordable $200,000 a ride.

(There's a nice animation of the ship here.)

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Dan Benedict wrote on Mar. 1, 2008 @ 20:56 GMT
I agree with your article whole heartedly. I have long considered SETI a dubious,if not noble, folly, for we are searching for civilizations at precisely the same developmental point in their history (as we observe it) as our own. For how many years have we had radio communications and how for many years longer before something else replaces it? Your analogy with smoke signals is one I have also used in the past. Why should we assume that any life forms still use or have even developed this technology at precisely the same moment in time of which we are searching for it.

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