Currently Reading: Seveneves By Neal Stephenson

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I have recently begun Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and am about twenty percent through. I must say that this has kept my attention even with the intense focus thus far on the technology of space travel and the problems that must be overcome. What is of interest to me is the human nature aspect of the book.

The earth is coming to an end in approximately two years.(I don’t believe that this deserves a spoiler alert). The different approaches to how each culture on earth moves forward in accepting this inevitability as well as the politics of each nationality play into this, I must say I find fascinating. I have read reviews that diss the character development, but I believe in reading this, you must look at the big picture, and how each one of our actions based on the fragility of our lives affect each other and getting us as a group to move forward.

After having read several Neal Stephenson books such as Anathem and Cryptonomicon, this is what I expect from a tremendous storyteller. At over 800 pages, my decision was to decide if I wanted to make the time commitment to read this. I must say that I am really happy thus far.

I have included a video from Neal Stephenson about Seveneves. Hope you enjoy!!!

New Book In My Pile: July 3, 2015

I recently picked up this book at our local bookstore and was pleasantly surprised. The book is entitled:

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A Dangerous Master: How To Keep Technology From Slipping Beyond Our Control by Wendell Wallach

The author is an ethicist at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is also the co-author of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong. Wallach, according to the reviews I have read thus far, takes emerging technology and shows how humanity is hopefully going to be able to handle these technologies in a common sense and hopefully thoughtful way. Wallach shows in an evenly balanced manner the upside of these technologies as well as the downside. He also explores the decision-making process that will be needed in handling and making quality decisions in handling these technologies.

Emerging technologies that are discussed include: genetics, nanotechnology, synthetic organisms, drones, 3-D printers and supercomputers and others.Two of the most interesting questions posed from the book include: Who should be held accountable when these technologies are misused and what responsibility do the creators and users of these technologies have for these technologies? These two questions made me purchase this book to see if the author could answer only these two questions. We will see!!!

I have included a video from the author about robotic warfare from June 10, 2015.

Some Thoughts About The Future From Anonymous

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“A lot of people who are worrying about the future ought to be preparing for it.”

“Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future.”

“The trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we’re ready for it.”

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all day long.”

“We may not know what the future holds, by we know who holds the future.”

 

Some Thoughts On Opinions From Anonymous

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“A fanatic is one who can’t change his opinions and won’t change the subject.”

“A fellow can’t keep people from having a bad opinion of him, but he can keep them from being right about it.”

“We may ask for information, but what we are usually only interested in what confirms our opinions.”

“The man who has strong opinions and always says what he thinks is courageous—and friendless.”

“Prejudice is a great timesaver. It enables you to form opinions without bothering to get the facts.”

Some Thoughts On Self-Control From Anonymous

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“Self control is giving up cigarettes; extreme self-control is not telling anybody about it.”

“He is a fool who cannot get angry, but he is a wise man who will not.”

“The man who loses his head is usually the last one to miss it.”

“At no time is self-control more difficult than in time of success.”

“Form the habit of closing your mouth firmly when angry.”

More Thoughts On Wisdom From Anonymous

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“A little knowledge properly applied is more important than a tremendous number of facts accumulated and not utilized.”

“You may not be very wise, but if you manage to keep your mouth shut you can fool a lot of people.”

“It takes a wise man to know when he is fighting for a principle, or merely defending a prejudice.”

“A person becomes wise by observing what happens when he isn’t.”

“A man is getting along on the road to wisdom when he begins to realize that his opinion is just an opinion.”

 

Some Thoughts On Silence From Anonymous

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“A bit of advice: Say nothing often.”

“So many books are now being written on how to speak that there ought to be a market for one on how to shut up.”

“Have you ever noticed how extremely difficult it is for a person to keep his mind open and his mouth shut at the same time?”

“A wise man reflects before he speaks; a fool speaks and then reflects on what he has uttered.”

“Silence is one of the most beautiful, impressive, and inspiring things known to man. Don’t break it unless you can improve on it.”