I'm not a huge fan of Jared Diamond. I think Guns, Germs, and Steel, while strong in a number of ways, got a lot wrong and ignored some big problems with his thesis. And I thought Collapse was far more eco-pessimistic than is supported by the data. I have no interest in reading The World Until Yesterday or in primitive … » 11/12/13 11:42am 11/12/13 11:42am

Neural Dust is a Step Towards Nexus

The team that brought us the first neurally remote controlled beetle has a new paper out today proposing a huge step forward in brain-computer interfaces. In an article published the arXiv Quantitative Biology archive, Dongjin Seo, Michael Maharbiz, and colleagues from the University of California at Berkeley propose a … » 7/16/13 9:23pm 7/16/13 9:23pm

Expanding the Planet's Limits

This is part two of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against. Here, we look at the ultimate size of the resource pool and solutions to our problems. » 5/01/13 12:09pm 5/01/13 12:09pm