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Stephen Hawking Named Lifeboat Foundation 2008 Guardian Award Winner

January 1, 2009

The 2008 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Stephen Hawking. The award is annually bestowed upon a respected scientist or public figure who has warned of a future fraught with dangers and encouraged measures to prevent them.

The 2008 award is in recognition of his continuous warnings that global catastrophic risks will eventually come and therefore it is unsafe and unwise for all of humanity… read more

Stephen Hawking: How to build a time machine

May 5, 2010

“I do believe in time travel,” says Stephen Hawking. “Time travel to the future, not the past” (which would violate causation).

After dismissing wormholes (don’t last long enough) and black holes (dangerous, too far away), he settles for travelling at near the speed of light by going into space.

“At 99 per cent of the speed of light, a single day on board is a whole year of… read more

Stephen Hawking: ‘Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution’

July 6, 2009

The rate of biological evolution in humans is about a bit a year, compared to 50,000 new books published in the English language each year, containing on the order of a hundred billion bits of information, Stephen Hawking says.

This means we are now entering a new phase of evolution — “self designed evolution” — in which we will be able to change and improve our DNA, and during… read more

Stephen Hawking: ‘There is no heaven; it’s a fairy story’

May 16, 2011

A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” he said.

In a lecture Monday at the Google Zeitgeist meeting… read more

Stephen Hawking’s life: a comic book

May 23, 2013

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Released May 23, “Stephen Hawking: Riddles of Time & Space” is an illustrated version of Hawking’s life story in comic-book form.

“The most surprising thing about Stephen Hawking is his razor wire wit that is sometimes withering and other times matched with a puckish sense of humor. He maintains a child’s delight in discovery and credits his disability for allowing him to focus his mind.

“Our… read more

Stephen Hawking’s Warning: Abandon Earth—Or Face Extinction

August 10, 2010

“Our only chance of long term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space,” Stephen Hawking said in an interview Friday with Big Think. “We have made remarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space.”

It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on… read more

Stepping on Big Brother’s Toes

July 30, 2004

Cars that report your every false move to local law authorities. Huge databases with detailed information on every citizen. Companies that only honor privacy guidelines when it’s profitable for them to do so.

These were some of the winners of Privacy International’s sixth annual U.K. Big Brother Awards.

Steve Fuller: it’s time for Humanity 2.0

September 26, 2011

Sociology professor Steve Fuller says we are moving away from seeing ourselves as “normal” humans as we increasingly embrace technological and medical advances — if we can afford them.

Steve Jobs 1955–2011

October 6, 2011


The story of Steve Jobs is an amazing one. He turned a few hundred dollars of spare parts into one of the most valuable companies in the world while revolutionizing one industry after another. In so doing, he was a prime example of the empowerment of the individual while in turn empowering everyone else. He showed the power of marrying science and art and democratized the tools of creativity. Jobs… read more

Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism

February 1, 2010

Apple eschews Internet-era egalitarianism that celebrates the “wisdom of the crowd” and product design philosophy steered by committee or market research, favoring an individual-driven, elitist design process and “tracking vectors in technology over time” to judge when an intriguing innovation is ready for the marketplace.

Steve Jobs at D8: Post-PC era is nigh

June 2, 2010

The day is coming when only one out of every few people will need a traditional computer, said Steve Jobs at the D8 conference.

“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms.” Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.

“PCs are going to be like trucks,” Jobs said.… read more

Steve Jurvetson: AI, nanotech and the future of the human species

August 29, 2007

Steve Jurvetson discusses development of smart AI and the possible cultural impact of machine intelligences and genetic enhancements that surpass human capabilities in a podcast.

He also offers his views on how nanotechnology, molecular electronics and quantum computing carry on Moore’s Law and could bring about profound, life-altering changes in the next few decades.

Jurvetson will speak at the Singularity Summit 2007, September 8-9 at the Palace of… read more

Steve Omohundro: Building self-aware AI systems

September 5, 2007

In a podcast, Steve Omohundro, president of Self-Aware Systems, says he is developing AI systems that understand their own behavior and work to improve themselves.

He gave an example of Microsoft Windows crashing–the Windows system doesn’t know it crashed or why it crashed and a human engineer has to fix it. A self-aware system would be able to fix its own code and learn from it. It turns out… read more

Steven Pinker: Humans are less violent than ever

October 24, 2011

We are much more peaceful now than we used to be, says psychologist Steven Pinker, a result of government, courts, policing, trade, the expansion of literacy, and the empowerment of women.

Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring

Better than fitness trackers on your wrist or clipped to your belt, the inventors say
April 7, 2014


Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have developed soft, thin stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin, using commercially available, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.

The patches stick to the skin like a temporary tattoo and incorporate a unique microfluidic construction, with wires folded like origami to allow the patch to bend and flex without being constrained by the… read more

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