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
Timber
.  I think it was our man in Chicago who showed me the
way there, IIRC.



Anyway, Crooked Timber has a href="http://crookedtimber.org/2009/01/27/charles-stross-book-event/">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="http://www.henryfarrell.net/stross/2008/09/ct_stross_on_development_econo.html">Paul
Krugman writing on The Merchant Princes, considered as a
thought experiment in development economics... href="http://www.henryfarrell.net/stross/2008/11/i_feel_an_attack_of_constituti_1.html">Brad
DeLong
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
fun."



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


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