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Sunday Mutants 5/9/10

* Unexpected short must read: William Gibson on Google.

Cyberspace, not so long ago, was a specific elsewhere, one we visited periodically, peering into it from the familiar physical world. Now cyberspace has everted. Turned itself inside out. Colonized the physical. Making Google a central and evolving structural unit not only of the architecture of cyberspace, but of the world. This is the sort of thing that empires and nation-states did, before. But empires and nation-states weren’t organs of global human perception. They had their many eyes, certainly, but they didn’t constitute a single multiplex eye for the entire human species.

* Leaked German military report says

Peak oil has happened or will happen some time around this year, and its consequences could threaten the continued survival of democratic governments, says a secret Germany military report that was leaked online.

According to Der Spiegel, the report from a think-tank inside the German military warns that shrinking global oil supplies will threaten the world’s economic foundations and possibly lead to mass-scale upheaval within the next 15 to 30 years

* Exo-psychology revisited: what looks like a totally fascinating article about consciousness migrating off the planet, based off Leary’s notions and updating them.

* China’s lead negotiator on climate change, basically saying rich nations must go first; but definitely interesting perspective:

We cannot blindly accept that protecting the climate is humanity’s common interest – national interests should come first. Individual enthusiasm and willingness to make sacrifice for the sake of the climate is worthy of respect and praise. I myself usually walk or take the bus to work. The individual can choose not to drive, but China cannot choose not to have an automobile industry. The individual can save power, but there are 600 million people in India without electricity – the country has to develop and meet that need. And if that increases emissions, I say, “So what?” The people have a right to a better life.

* Crowdsourcing for environmental change. Interesting project. Got an idea? Tell them.

oh well

Slavoj Zizek, entertaining nutjob philosopher provacateur interviewed in New Scientist. As ever a random grab-bag of scattered insights, but this struck me:

When I was in China, some researchers showed me a document from their Academy of Sciences which says openly that the goal of their biogenetic research is to enable large-scale medical procedures which will “rectify” the physical and physiological weaknesses of the Chinese people.

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