Links for 1st March 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Valid Transhumanist Criticism?

    "The problem with transhumanism is that it has become, in some quarters, merely a proxy for the idea of Progress. Progress is all well and good. The problem is that that idea isn’t indefinitely extensible. The human world is a small floating platform in a sea of darkness — a design space that we haven’t even begun to understand. In most directions lie Monsters, not happiness. Progress within the human regime is one thing, but the posthuman regime is something else entirely. Imagine having First Contact with a quadrillion different alien species simultaneously. That is what we are looking at, with an uncontrolled hard takeoff Singularity. Just one First Contact would be the most significant event in human history, but transhumanists are talking about that times a billion, or a trillion, all at once."

    Tagged with: transhumanismethicsprogressbiotechnologyfreedom

  2. The boom in printing on demand: Just press print

    "About 6% of books in America are now printed on toner-based or inkjet machines—a rough proxy for print-on-demand (POD)—as opposed to on offset presses, estimates InterQuest, a market-research firm. Over the next five years, it predicts, this figure will increase to 15%. In 2008, the latest year for which data are available, about 285,000 titles were printed on demand or in short runs—132% more than in 2007 and for the first time more than in the conventional way. Amazon, the world’s biggest online bookseller, uses POD machines, although it does not reveal how often."

    Tagged with: bookspublishingprint-on-demandmanufacturing

2 thoughts on “Links for 1st March 2010”

  1. Your hotlink protection is all well and good, but if I’m reading from a web-based reader that you haven’t whitelisted, those little social bookmark images become huge mean words!

Leave a Reply