The Singularity Meets Crooked Timber

Our man in Chicago turned me on to Charlie Stross.  Little did I
know, Stross' writings have become something of a sensation in the
academic world. 

One of the first blogs I read was Crooked
.  I think it was our man in Chicago who showed me the
way there, IIRC.

Anyway, Crooked Timber has a href="">new
Crooked Timber book event, about Stross' books.  There are
essays by the famous bloggers Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong, et alia.

Starting off with a heavy hitter, we've got href="">Paul
Krugman writing on The Merchant Princes, considered as a
thought experiment in development economics... href="">Brad
riffs off Ken's reference to Asimov's Three Laws to discuss the
constitutional status of robotic ex-slaves and that less concrete but
more powerful form of artificial/fictive humanity, the corporation.

As Krugman says, "let me say that they are, first and foremost, great

And to think, people used to say I was nerdy for reading science
fiction.  Peculiar irony, that.


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will be married 50 years and thereâs something I have to know. In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?â
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