Links for 4th October 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Outer Space – Karl Hans Janke

    "It's an astonishing collection and, on casual perusal, might simply be regarded as an interesting and artistic obsession (like blogging?), albeit at the extreme end of the continuum. But the delusional nature of Janke's illness becomes readily apparent from closer inspection (and reading around). His elaborate and grandiose ideas about harnessing stellar atomic energy meld with naive conceptual visions for its applications and connections to nature and other lifeforms. He skips from a vague – to put it mildly – comprehension of the atom to designing end-point technical gizmos and transporters that will rely on his illusory power source. There is also a whole series of watercolour sketches outlining the origin of the world (including as a hatching egg), for instance, that hints at the breadth of eccentricity within Janke's deranged belief system."

    Tagged with: sfsciencefictionmadnessschizophreniaimaginationdelusion

  2. Startup That Builds Biological Parts

    ""Think of it as rapid prototyping in biology–we make the part, test it, and then expand on it," says Reshma Shetty, one of the company's cofounders. "You can spend more time thinking about the design, rather than doing the grunt work of making DNA." A very simple project, such as assembling two pieces of DNA, might cost $100, with prices increasing from there."

    Tagged with: rapidprototypingfabricationtechnologybiologygeneticsbiotechindustrialisation

  3. Great expectations: today’s babies are likely to live to 100, doctors predict

    "The bad news is that the ageing populations of rich countries such as the UK threaten to unbalance the population. It "poses severe challenges for the traditional social welfare state," write Christensen and colleagues.

    But they have a radical solution: young and old should work fewer hours a week. Over a lifetime, we would all spend the same total amount of time at work as we do now, but spread out over the years.

    "The 20th century was a century of redistribution of income. The 21st century could be a century of redistribution of work," they write. "Redistribution would spread work more evenly across populations and over the ages of life. Individuals could combine work, education, leisure and child rearing in varying amounts at different ages.""

    Tagged with: populationageinglongevitymedicinetranshumanismgreying

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