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Stephen Coles 1941 — 2014

Eminent gerontologist tracked supercentenarians on Gerontology Research Group
December 4, 2014

Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D

Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D, passed away on December 3 of complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

L. [Leslie] Stephen Coles was a Lecturer in Gerontology at the University California, Los Angeles, in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since he started teaching at UCLA in 1986, he taught for the Computer Science Department, the Surgical Department, and the Fiat Lux Program for Freshman.

He tracked the oldest… read more

Stephen Hawking calls for Moon and Mars colonies

April 22, 2008

Stephen Hawking has called for a massive investment in establishing colonies on the Moon and Mars, arguing that the world should devote about 10 times as much as NASA’s current budget — or 0.25% of the world’s financial resources — to space.

“A goal of a base on the Moon by 2020 and of a manned landing on Mars by 2025 would reignite the space program and give it… read more

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 on AI

October 9, 2015

Stephen Hawking on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (credit: HBO)

Reddit published Stephen Hawking’s answers to questions in an “Ask me anything” (AMA) event on Thursday (Oct. 8).

Most of the answers focused on his concerns about the future of AI and its role in our future. Here are some of the most interesting ones. The full list is in this Wired article. (His answers to John Oliver below are funnier.)
The real risk with… 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

hawking comic

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

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