Re: MEDIA, UK: how to build a human

From: Alex Ramonsky (
Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 02:27:05 MST

I was wondering when someone would notice this...half expected to see some
more of you guys on it...The UK media does this: it chucks things at people.
In at the deep end, a little like the style of 'Great Mambo Chicken' did way
back whenever. Be assured the program isn't aimed at's aimed at
the average British person's knowledge of science...and more. It's going to
cause as many endless debates as GM food did last year. But with one
essential difference...this programme comes out apparently firmly on the
positive side of new tech. And, as you say, at least some of the
'spokespersons' know what they're on about.
The debates are going to be heated and over the top for about six months,
after which things will settle into the traditional British habit of
-so-who-cares?' Meaning, simply, that people on the whole will forget about
it all again.
But which is the best tactic here? -Any publicity is good publicity?
Or -stay out of the news; stay out of trouble?
What thinkest thou?
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From: "estropico >" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 16:45
Subject: MEDIA, UK: how to build a human

> On the BBC website, there's a section dedicated to the TV program "How to
> build a human", mentioned in previous messages as having a borderline
> transhumanist attitute.
> At this
> you can debate the pros and cons of immortality, listen to the experts
> (watch out for Nick Bostrom) and vote. When I had a look, the ratio was
> about 70:30 between those that would like to live forever (various
> and those that wouldn't.
> The graphics of the site make it look like its targeted at kids (unlike
> tv program) and you won't find much that you don't already know, but it's
> pleasant surprise to find an all-out transhumanist in the experts' panel!
> At this link ( you can find out more about the
> program.
> Cheers,
> Fabio
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