Sherwin Nuland has this fascinating article about Aubrey de Grey in the current issue of MIT’s Technology Review…
"Aubrey de Grey thinks he knows how to defeat aging. He’s brilliant, but is he nuts? …"
Rat cells grown onto microscopic
silicon chips worked as tiny robots, perhaps a first step
toward a self-assembling device, researchers working in the
United States reported on Sunday. …
Maybe those 250 supplements he takes a day are messing with his brain…
I liked The 10% Solution to a Healthy Life — (I thought) a very sensible and useful description of how to take advantage of the latest science on heart disease, among other things.
When I spotted his new book, Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever, I figured he’d just brought 10% up to date. But no, this is full-on "live forever through genetic enhancement and robots in your veins" propaganda, and some of the practices he recommends (for today) sound dangerous to me. Without even thinking about all the practical and ethical issues involved in living forever, what kind of hubris does it take to think the world needs you around forever?
His next book sounds even loonier (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, due April 2005 according to Amazon). I guess he’s bought into the whole singularity cult nonsense now.
Kurzweil is undoubtedly brilliant and deserves immortality as much as any of us; I just wish he’d go back to inventing synthesizers.
Curtis White wrote this interesting review recently of Nicols Fox’s book Against The Machine. I enjoy White’s writing, but I don’t buy his argument that the utilitarian nature of Fox’s writing detracts from its importance. Sure, her form is traditional, but it works.