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  • (Day 726) The Time We Live In

    This is a Guest Blog written by my son Kevin

    Sometimes it is difficult to really understand the true gravity of a situation when you are stuck in the middle of it. If you ask any of these students why they are protesting they may have a hard time giving you a consistent answer. You may hear people point to the economy, jobs, corruption, or maybe it’s just something for them to do.  If you look within yourself, you may have a hard time grasping the reasons for your anger, confusion, frustration at these images of brutality.  I’d like to ask you to really try to focus what it is you are feeling. Freedom is not something you can see everyday. It is not an obvious series of events that you can point to in order to prove your perception. Sometimes you may be living in tyranny and think you are free. That is because our conscious minds are easily manipulated and adaptable to our situation. [...]

  • (Day 724) Representative Allen West Visit

  • (Day 732) Carlos Arredondo Is Changing The World

    On our way to interview Gaytri  Kachroo, the whistle blower lawyer for the Madoff scandal, we stopped at an Occupy Boston event.  There we found the powerful story of Carlos Arredondo, an immigrant from Costa Rica. He lost his son to a snipers bullet in Iraq. He subsequently persuaded the US government  to make things better for Vets and  their families. Here is his incredible story.

    Update 04/16/2013 - This story keeps getting better. Today an article in NBC News is calling Carlos a hero. During the Boston Marathon tragedy he was photographed with a triage patient in a wheelchair. His hand is squeezing the mans bleeding artery as they run for help. The only thoughts I have are, “of course, what else would a guy like this do?”

  • (Day 722) Visit to Boston

  • (Day 716) Why Can’t We Treat People Like Ducks?

    Above a police officer protects a family of ducks from certain peril on a highway.

    Below a police office pepper sprays a group of peaceful students on a sidewalk.

    Who can we trust?

  • (Day 710) Singularity

    I have been intrigued by the work of Dr. Ray Kurzweil for several years. He is the well-known inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other things. He is also a fellow documentarian and recently released the groundbreaking film Singularity. If you are not familiar with it, watch the video above or check out the Singularity Institute.

    Dr Kurzweil believes the moment when artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence will happen in the coming decades, very possibly during your lifetime. Why am I so interested in Singularity?  I see it as the key to the continued success of the human race.  If we are going to share the planet with other “beings” that we are creating, we better build trust into the design. If we don’t, we may not have a future. Think about famous movies like the “Terminator ” or  ”2011″.  If we are not careful we may be enabling our own extinction by creating more intelligent robots and organisms than ourselves.  Call it integrity, morality, or values; what we will need is mutual trust and respect between them and us.  How will this be done? Who is working on it?  How can we expect these new beings to get it right when we are not very good at it ourselves?

    I recently asked Dr Kurzweil to participate in the Trust Tour documentary. I  hope to be discussing these issues with him in person. I trust it will work out… Stay tuned!

  • (Day 705) Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us!

    Why the future doesn’t need us – By Bill Joy - WIRED

    Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech – are threatening to make humans an endangered species.

    From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil, the deservedly famous inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other amazing things.

    Ray and I were both speakers at George Gilder’s Telecosm conference, and I encountered him by chance in the bar of the hotel after both our sessions were over. I was sitting with John Searle, a Berkeley philosopher who studies consciousness. While we were talking, Ray approached and a conversation began, the subject of which haunts me to this day.


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