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Stephen Hawking says he wouldn’t be alive without the British health care system

When Investor’s Business Daily attempted to scare readers away from “socialized medicine” by claiming Stephen Hawking wouldn’t be alive today if he relied on the British health care system, they neglected a couple of things. 1) Hawking does rely on the British National Health Service. 2) Hawking can speak for himself. […]

“I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS,” he told us. “I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.”

Daily Kos: Stephen Hawking: “I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS.”

Hey, “Keep your government hands off my Medicare”!

(Via AtomJack)

Private space travel news

Amazon boss shows off spacecraft:

The billionaire founder of Amazon.com has released the first images of the launch of a private spacecraft that could bring space travel to the masses.

A video of the cone-shaped Goddard vehicle shows it climbing to about 85m (285ft) before returning back to Earth.

The test launch took place in November 2006 in a remote part of Texas, but details have only now been released.

(reminded by Nerdshit).

Stephen Hawking plans to go into space in 2009:

World renowned British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking wants to go to a place he has only theorized about in his long career: space.

“This year I’m planning a zero-gravity flight and to go into space in 2009,” he was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Hawking, 65, has said he hopes to travel on British businessman Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic service, which is scheduled to launch in 2009. The service will charge space tourists about $200,000 US for a two-hour, suborbital trip some 140 kilometres above the Earth.

(via Monkey Filter).

Thomas C. Greene on cyborg metaphysics

via The Register

In a nutshell, I say that it’s impossible to manufacture an AI which will compete equally with human intelligence. The elusive quality which human thought possesses, and which an AI can’t possess, is something I call ‘irrational insight’. Note the modified noun ‘insight’. I’m not talking about irrationality per se. ‘Insight’ implies, and deliberately so, the qualities of pertinence and consistency.

And the cherry on the cake is this quote, aimed at Stephen Hawking’s advocacy of endowing AI with biological properties and ourselves with mechanical ones:

He [Hawking] deserved a severe rebuke for saying what he said. But if he actually believes it, then the little shit deserves to be hanged.

Space is the Place, Brief History of Time for Dummies

Stephen Hawking is rewritting A Brief History of Time as a kids book (update: this has been published as The Universe in a Nutshell). It will also be targetted towards adults who want to better understand the original book. Meanwhile, Hawking warns the world that space migration is the only way to escape certain doom.

Stephen Hawking warns that humans may become obsolete

Stephen Hawking warns that in order to compete with AI, people will have to resort to genetic engineering (link via Meta Filter).

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