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Technology, Art, and Power

Month: February, 2011

Toast to Technology

Obama was in town, and had a nice meal with

•John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

• Carol Bartz, President and CEO, Yahoo Inc.

• John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems Inc.

• Marissa Mayer, Google VP

•Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter Inc.

• Larry Ellison, Co-Founder and CEO, Oracle Corp.

• Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix Inc.

•John Hennessy, President, Stanford University

•Steve Jobs, Chairman and CEO, Apple Inc.

• Art Levinson, Chairman and former CEO, Genentech Inc.

•Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google Inc.

•Steve Westly, Managing Partner and Founder, The Westly Group

•Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook Inc.

Pioneers of Change

LAND

LAND

Source

The Anthropocene

StewartBrandIsRad

Stewart Brand is pro nuclear power and that's ok.

…Because this is what’s happening. With climate change, we’re looking at a situation where us environmentalists, instead of protecting natural systems from civilization, we’re now trying to protect civilization from a natural system, which is climate responding to our apparently excess greenhouse gases. And if they go ahead as we are today, then we won’t get a stable climate until maybe five degrees Celsius warmer, which is exactly what it was 55 million years ago, in the Eocene-Paleocene Thermal Maximum. There’s no rainforests in that world. There’s carrying(?) capacity for maybe 1.5 billion of us in that world, and it would be tough getting from the seven billion we have now to the 1.5 billion.

What we want is, somehow, to keep the civilization-friendly climate we’ve had for the last 10,000 years going for another 10,000 years. That would be nice. And then we’d get to keep having a civilization. So, in light of that, some different things are green than they used to be, back when the modern environmental movement took shape in the 1970s. Some of our ideas and methods from then don’t really apply now….

…We are now in an era called the Anthropocene, an era in which humans are running way too much of the atmosphere and everything else badly. We’re in this situation where we don’t have a choice of stopping terraforming. We only have a choice of terraforming well. That’s the green project for this century.

Stewart Brand

Spam keeps us on our toes.

Spam = awesome.

Spam = awesome.