what a joyous time of year
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So, it’s been months or maybe a full year since I had a status report…
I got my Ph.D and I’m close to finishing a novel. I moved from Gainesville out to Portland to get a rather nifty job in the semiconductor industry doing development work for a certain well-known microprocessor company. But I can’t really tell you who and I can’t tell you what I’m doing, or I might have to kill you. I live in a 7000 sq.ft. house just outside of town with a few buddies from grad school and I drive a black Dodge Challenger to work every day.
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Transhumanism is a cultural and intellectual movement that believes we can, and should, improve the human condition through the use of advanced technologies. One of the core concepts in transhumanist thinking is life extension: Through genetic engineering, nanotech, cloning, and other emerging technologies, eternal life may soon be possible. Likewise, transhumanists are interested in the ever-increasing number of technologies that can boost our physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities beyond what humans are naturally capable of (thus the term transhuman).
(read more here)
- Humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We envision the possibility of broadening human potential by overcoming aging, cognitive shortcomings, involuntary suffering, and our confinement to planet Earth.
- We believe that humanity’s potential is still mostly unrealized. There are possible scenarios that lead to wonderful and exceedingly worthwhile enhanced human conditions.
- We recognize that humanity faces serious risks, especially from the misuse of new technologies. There are possible realistic scenarios that lead to the loss of most, or even all, of what we hold valuable. Some of these scenarios are drastic, others are subtle. Although all progress is change, not all change is progress.
- Research effort needs to be invested into understanding these prospects. We need to carefully deliberate how best to reduce risks and expedite beneficial applications. We also need forums where people can constructively discuss what should be done, and a social order where responsible decisions can be implemented.
- Reduction of existential risks, and development of means for the preservation of life and health, the alleviation of grave suffering, and the improvement of human foresight and wisdom should be pursued as urgent priorities, and heavily funded.
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BruceS: Meanwhile, somewhere in a Russian airport -
*Man, that is brutal. Mr NSA-ex-spook here really knows how to land a political punch.
Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport
Friday July 12, 15:00 UTC
Edward Joseph Snowden delivered a statement to human rights organizations and…
Pacific Rim - In Theatres Now
Cool to see that a mecha is coming to the big screen.
5,000 mile 100 day journey of the Kon-Tiki in 1947
Such a cool book.
Ars Technica has a great article today on attacking one-way hashed password lists. They fed a list of 16,000 hashed passwords to three expert crackers; who defeated 90% of the list in under a day.
The whole article is both intellectually fascinating and also horrifying. Salting passwords (the process of appending a text snippet to a password before one-way hashing it) is apparently nearly useless, despite being an industry standard best practice.
The list that Ars fed to the crackers was MD5 encrypted. MD5 has been banned in use at Microsoft engineering (clearly with good reason). So, one big lesson is stop using MD5 and instead switch to a one-way hash that can scale over time, such as bcrypt.
The picture above shows the benefit of using long passwords; complexity in cracking via brute force methods spikes to the sky once you get to double-digit password lengths.
(via Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331” | Ars Technica)
In other news: am I the only person on the internet who knows when it’s appropriate to use a semilog plot?
Cells Can Be Living Calculators
MIT engineers have transformed bacterial cells into living calculators that can compute logarithms, divide and take square roots, using three or fewer genetic parts.
Inspired by how analog electronic circuits function, the researchers created synthetic computation circuits by combining existing genetic “parts,” or engineered genes, in novel ways.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/05/cells-can-be-living-calculators
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