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Why increased life expectancy isn’t all that

2 Comments 03 June 2011

I’m currently reading Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future, which examines the possibility that average life expectancy could reach 150 within the next 100 years. I have mixed feelings about this.

If we could keep our mental and physical health as we got older, there would of course be some upsides to extending our life expectancy. Michio Kaku’s book makes the point that this will happen  – and just imagine all the things we could achieve.

As a writer, my output could be truly prodigious. I’m about to turn 47 so I’d have another 103 years to go. At my current completion rate, I could produce at least 50 more novels. With more practice, perhaps I could hit John Grisham’s enviable output of one book per year.  Putting aside the thought that I would clutter up libraries and digital bookshelves with 103 more books containing 40,000 more pages and 12 million more words, it is quite an exciting thought. From a writer’s perspective, living longer would be great. Continue Reading

Future Tech

Is Virgin Galactic incredible or mundane?

No Comments 18 April 2011

I wonder what Samuel Reynolds III, the villainous CEO of Reynolds Air in The Human Race, would have made of Virgin Galactic. This is Richard Branson’s current project, which plans to blast tourists into space as early as 2013. I suspect that he would have approved overall, especially of the price: $200,000 per ticket is not for the fainthearted. That said, the steep price tag does not seem to have put off 410 budding space explorers, who are now preparing to become Virgin Galactic astronauts.

If you’re feeling really finicky, the Virgin Galactic spacecraft will actually only venture to suborbital space. It will be carried up to 16 km by a carrier aircraft, at which point it will separate and continue to over 100 km and briefly cross the Kármán line, a common definition of where “space” begins. If you are picking those sorts of holes in the endeavour, however, you are missing the point. Continue Reading

Future Tech

Is Virgin Galactic incredible or mundane?

3 Comments 18 April 2011

I wonder what Samuel Reynolds III, the villainous CEO of Reynolds Air in The Human Race, would have made of Virgin Galactic. This is Richard Branson’s current project, which plans to blast tourists into space as early as 2013. I suspect that he would have approved overall, especially of the price: $200,000 per ticket is not for the fainthearted. That said, the steep price tag does not seem to have put off 410 budding space explorers, who are now preparing to become Virgin Galactic astronauts.

If you’re feeling really finicky, the Virgin Galactic spacecraft will actually only venture to suborbital space. It will be carried up to 16 km by a carrier aircraft, at which point it will separate and continue to over 100 km and briefly cross the Kármán line, a common definition of where “space” begins. If you are picking those sorts of holes in the endeavour, however, you are missing the point. Continue Reading


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