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The Reinventing Media session at Techonomy this morning had a somewhat different tone than many of the others here: It was tinged with sadness. There is a lot of hurt in the media world today, a lot of pain. And…the Internet did it. The traditional print media industry has been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
They're not "beliefs" about global warming. I've reported for many years on the science and am thoroughly aware of scientists' state of understanding and their confidence in their conclusions. Humans are causing global warming through greenhouse gas emissions and it is happening now. That's not a belief--it's a report on the state of scientific understanding.
About seven years ago, I reported regularly on the science of longevity, and the prospect of human life extension, for a site called Sage Crossroads. And then I stopped—pretty much dropping the topic for a while and going on to other things. So when I attended the Techonomy session yesterday... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
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In a breakout session here at Techonomy, David Keith of the University of Calgary and Margaret Leinen of the Climate Response Fund led a discussion of the prospect of geoengineering the climate—in other words, engaging in some type of deliberate intervention to alter the planet and thereby counteract global warming.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
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Amory Lovins bursts with so many ideas that if you blink you miss ten of them. Speaking at Techonomy today, he outlined an agenda he called Reinventing Fire--nothing less than obliterating all oil and gas usage by 2050. “We do transformation, not incrementalism,” Lovins explained. Yeah. You can read some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
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Yesterday at Techonomy--before the fun started--we heard from Stewart Brand, famed founder of the Whole Earth Catalog and author most recently of Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto. With his latest book, Brand is pioneering a new brand of environmentalism that discards some of the movement’s anti-technology habits, and reacquaints... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
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At the official opening plenary session of Techonomy, Kevin Kelly--a co-founder of Wired, and author of the forthcoming book What Technology Wants--made what I considered a pretty profound remark. “The first animal we domesticated was humans,” Kelly said. He went on to describe how we “physically changed ourselves through agriculture,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy
Unlike my fellow blogger Marshall Kirkpatrick, I don't have anything too astute to say about the opening pre-conference workshop of Techonomy—hosted by the World Economic Forum and entitled “How to measure the impact and transformational power of technology?” But I do have a remark on how sophisticated conversations like this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy
It is great to be here, and only just begun....
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2010 on A Science Wonk Covers Tech at Techonomy
Great post...influenced my next one on this same session and report. I'm new to this topic and you sliced through it amazingly well (and saved me from posting a three cheers for Tunisia)
This is my first post on the Techonomy blog, so I mainly want to introduce myself. I’m Chris Mooney, a blogger for Discover and author of several books about the relationship between science and politics, and how things sometimes go dramatically splat in this area. So I may seem, in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy
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