We had a blast chatting with George Dvorsky. And you’ll have a blast listening to it. Now blast off!
George Dvorsky is the Chair of the Board for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), the founder and chair of the IEET’s Rights of Non-Human Persons Program, and an all around dope dude. He’s also been described (by Zach) as the most prolific writer of all time. Check out his many awesome articles at io9 and Gizmodo. But first, checky out here.
Here’s some stuff what got up to, talk-style:
- The UK got the green light to edit up them embryos. Thembryos. Them bros.
- If you’re not vomiting enough, or if there’s a deficit of nightmares in your life, you can always watch Anderson Silva break his leg.
- And the Disabled Shall Inherit the Earth. An older piece by George that holds up very well.
- Here are some really clever and cool 3D-printed prosthetics. And here’s the famous cheetah leg.
- Here’s George on how Michael Phelps is the genetically perfect swimmer.
- We’ve shared it before and we’ll share it again. Hugh Herr’s legs are super insane. (Channeling Sugar Hill Gang at the moment.)
- John Smart thinks the future of exploration is inward, not outward.
- What is this, the five hundredth time I’ve brought up Diaspora?
- Robert Hanson’s Great Filter is an elegant, compelling solution to the Fermi Paradox. It’s also depressing as hell.
- I haven’t yet listened to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s conversation with Edward Snowden (and part 2), but I will if you will. (I probably will anyway.)
- David Brin on the dangers of SETI.
- Contact by Carl Sagan (though we mostly discussed the movie)
- Berserker by Fred Saberhagen
- Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
- A Fighter’s Heart by Sam Sheridan
- The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
- Heal Thyself by Saki Santorelli
- Ex Machina
- Mike Johnston, our friend over at Robot Overlordz, recommended Nexus, by Ramez Naam (who, it turns out, is a friend of George).
If you liked this episode, be sure to check out our episode with George’s IEET colleague James Hughes.