Mars Links, George Dyson in SF on Friday

Bill Humphries bill at
Mon Jan 5 14:32:56 PST 2004

Dear NASA, more Mars landers, please.

Via BoingBoing:

Stereo pairs via wiggle-cam: 

QuickTime VR:

Via Robert Scoble:

Mars Pavilion at NASA Ames:

Drive your own rover:

The following isn't about Mars, but George Dyson is Freeman's son, and  
a big brained guy in his own right.

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> From: allison at
> Date: January 5, 2004 11:59:23 AM PST
> To: colloq at CS.Stanford.EDU
> Subject: GEORGE DYSON speaks in San Francisco, 1/7/04
> Reply-To: allison at
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> Subject: A note from Kevin Kelly about GEORGE DYSON speaking Friday
> Speaker:  GEORGE DYSON
> Title:    There's Plenty of Room at the Top -- Long-term Thinking About
>           Large-scale Computing
> Time:     Friday, January 9th, 2004
> Place:    Fort Mason Conference Center, San Francisco
>           (details below)
> Sponsor:  The Long Now Foundation (
> You are invited to the third lecture in the Long Now series of
> Seminars About Long-term Thinking, to take place this  Friday, Jan
> 9th, at Fort Mason, San Francisco. These seminars are intended to
> foster multi-century perspectives, in contrast to "next-quarter"
> thinking common to our times. This talk is open to the public, so
> feel free to forward or post this notice.
> Our speaker is George Dyson, a historian of technology whose studies
> of landmark innovations ranging from 5,000-year-old kayaks to
> 50-year-old computing machines have led him to wonder what's next in
> computers. The title of his talk "There's Plenty of Room at the Top
> -- Long-term Thinking About Large-scale Computing" refers to Richard 
> Feynman's seminal lecture in 1959 called "There's Plenty of Room at
> the Bottom," which led the way into nanotechnology. Dyson's talk
> promises to reinterpret computing as part of the long expansion of
> life on earth. One of the claims Dyson will defend is this potent
> insight: "As technology gets smaller, life gets bigger."
> Dyson, author of DARWIN AMONG THE MACHINES and PROJECT ORION, is the
> rare historian willing to examine the far future.  Much in the mode
> of historian/futurist H.G. Wells, George Dyson employs an deep
> knowledge of the history of computing in order to flip our view into
> where computing can go in the future. And by future, he, like Long
> Now, means hundreds of years.
> I have never had a dull conversation with George Dyson, and I'm
> confident the collective conversation built on his talk this Friday
> will be stimulating and unconventional. I hope you can join us. The
> lecture is free, although we gladly accept $10 donations at the door.
> Since there is limited seating and no tickets we recommend early
> arrival. The doors open at 7 pm; Dyson begins at 8.
> Fort Mason's Conference Center is the location of the talk.  Look for
> the searchlight outside the door.  It's the first room in the first
> building as you drive into Fort Mason.  There is a map at:
>  (On this map the
> Conference Center is in the upper-rightmost building, pale blue,
> called "Building A.")
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