Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:28 AM - TechnoPoliticsI went to see Universal Robots, the play by Mac Rogers at the Manhattan Theater Source yesterday. It's a fantastic play, very clever. The play is quite long (about 2.5 hours, or 3 hours including the intermission), but it is riveting from beginning to end. Each little dialogue and detail that seems gratuitous at first turns out to have major consequence for the future of humanity. The play feels like an elaborate scaffolding in which every small part plays an important role in keeping the construction together.
Practically every moral, social, and political issue raised by the possible emergence of intelligent robots is raised during the play: the military funding of scientific research, the political control of a unique and powerful technology, the role of human labor in an automated world, robotic wars, robot pain, robot morals, robot love, robot compassion, robot sex....
Go see the play. It's on until March 7 (and come to the panel discussion on Saturday Feb 21 at 3:00PM).
Monday, September 22, 2008, 12:33 PM - TechnoPoliticsAs a French-American who lived through the French bashing campaign around the start of the Iraq war, I can't help but link to this fun CNN/Time Magazine article: How we Became the United States of France. A rare fun read, in these times of economic and diplomatic disasters (thanks to Patrick for the pointer).
It's almost as funny as Bill Maher's tirade on the French.
Thursday, December 21, 2006, 05:11 PM - TechnoPoliticsFruit of the Loom, a small American clothing company that is quite popular in France sells clothing in France with the hilarious label pictured below: