Look To Windward
“In the year twenty-five twenty-five,
The Future of Humanity
What would he think, Iain Banks?
RIP Iain Banks.
|9th June 2013Notes: Three headlines today which I’ve merged into a tribute to Iain Banks: “Iain Banks dies of cancer aged 59.” Author Ken MacLeod paid tribute to Banks, saying “he brought a wonderful combination of the dark and the light side of life and he explored them both without flinching. He brought the same degree of craft and skill and commitment to his science fiction as he did to his mainstream fiction and he never drew any distinction in terms of his pride in what he was doing.” “The Tor system: Welcome to the dark internet where you can search in secret.” Pioneered in 2002 by the US Navy for protecting government communications and soon adopted by techies across the world, the Tor software system has built a reputation as the “dark internet” – an ungoverned and seemingly ungovernable space where web users can surf with complete anonymity. “Three senior Oxford University academics will pay to be deep frozen when they die so they could one day be ‘brought back to life’.” They are lead researchers at the Future of Humanity institute. One neuroscientist said that he was hoping that in 100 to 200 years time technology may have developed to revive him and ‘cure him of whatever killed him’. He added: ‘I would wake up in an entirely new world and that prospect is very exciting.’ He admitted that life with just a head would be ‘limited’, but said he hoped by that point technology would allow for his personality and memories to be downloaded onto a computer.|