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“The possibility exists that memories may affect our genetic make up, meaning that potentially some memories could actually be passed down from generation to generation.”

Professor Kevin Warwick

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Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth.
- Vernor Vinge

It cost too much, staying human.
- Bruce Sterling

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
- William Shatner

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?
- Eileen Gunn

Vacuum collision. Orbits diverge. Farewell, love.
- David Brin

It’s behind you! Hurry before it
- Rockne S. O’Bannon

We went solar; sun went nova.
- Ken MacLeod

TIME MACHINE REACHES FUTURE!!! … nobody there …
- Harry Harrison

Death postponed. Metastasized cells got organized.
- David Brin

Will this do (lazy writer asked)?
- Ken MacLeod

Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So Wired asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves. Above are my favorite ones.

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“If it were not for the great variability among individuals medicine might as well be a science and not an art.”

Sir William Osler, 1892

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“Love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans. While the number of sexual acts and lovemaking positions commonly practiced between humans will be extended, as robots teach us more than is in all of the world’s published sex manuals combined.”

David Levy

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“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.”

H.G. Wells

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Steve Wolfram Automata

Born in 1959, Wolfram won a scholarship to Eton College at the age of 12, became interested in particle physics aged 14 and two years later wrote a paper that was published in a prestigious journal (Australian Journal of Physics, vol 28, p 479). At 17 he went to the University of Oxford, but left two years later to take up a research post at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. By the age of 20 he was working alongside legendary physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann. He won a MacArthur “genius” award a year later. “If I can’t understand something, then it’s probably nonsense,” he says.

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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer,

When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,

When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,

When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,

How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,

Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,

In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,

Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

Walt Whitman
1873

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An insight from Oslo

jayparkinsonmd:

If you want to understand the future, don’t pay attention to how technology is changing, pay attention to how childhood is changing.

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quantum computing is confusing

quantum computing is confusing

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