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BeeLine to the Future: The Perfume of a Sexbot

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A couple of years ago I reviewed David Levy’s book Love and Sex with Robots for the New York Review of Science Fiction. My review was lukewarm because I felt that Levy’s book was, despite its sensationalistic material, rather bland. Levy was trying so hard to make his presentation scholarly and intellectual rather than tabloidesque that he managed to wring much of the life from his topic. Despite the limits of his presentation, I did agree with most of his argument.

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BeeLine to the Future: The Future of Death

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I’ve been thinking about the future and the singularity a lot lately. One issue that Kurzweil and other singularity intellectuals focus on is death. In The Futurist magazine Thomas Fey has published an article “When Death Becomes Optional: Rethinking the inevitable.”

“The year is 2032. You have just celebrated your 80th birthday and you have some tough decisions ahead. You can either keep repairing your current body or move into a new one.

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BeeLine to the Future:The Exploration of Space

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Why has space exploration ground to a virtual halt? The primary reason is the expense, a problem that will not get any better as the countries of the western world, weighed down by budget deficits, find it harder and harder to fund space exploration. The western world is wasting too much money on the welfare state to fund a flight to Mars.

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BeeLine to the Future:The End of Moore’s Law

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In the mid-60s Gordon E. Moore predicted that computer processors would double in speed and memory every 18 months. This prediction has been so accurate since then that it has become known as Moore’s law; however, Moore’s law will eventually come grinding to a halt because of leakage, heat, and other inevitable physical limits.

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