Premiere ep of the new Aussie futurist/pop sci program AFTERSHOCK appeared
tonite, on the topic of technologically-mediated human immortality,
cunningly scheduled against ER and X FILES for minimal audience uptake.
Prominent people interviewed were our own Dr Nick Bostrom, and Prof
Elizabeth Blackburn of telomerase fame (providing a more optimistic spin on
drastic life extension than she was prepared to give me a couple of years
ago for LAST MORTAL GENERATION). It looked quite good, despite frantic
zip-attention-span graphic interrupts, and most people said sensible things
(aside from the token Uniting Church woman minister who vacuously explained
that we should be very, very careful about doing anything as, like,
lethally dangerous as stopping death).
My turn in the barrel next week, on nano.
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