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February 10, 2011

Imagine a Future...

...in which left-wing bloggers' insane theories, claims, and charges are almost immediately put into play in the straight media. That, Dave Wiegel tells us, is the major impact from the AOL/Huffington Post deal.

So: Imagine a future in which AOL, the online portal for millions of people, farms out its news content to the Huffington Post. Imagine a future in which Yahoo!, the online portal for millions of similar people, hires the deputy publisher of Talking Points Memo to launch its blog network.

For a progressive who thinks the Internet is increasingly driving the narrative, this is heartening. For a conservative, it's terrifying.

Um, Dave? The future is now. I don't sweat Yahoo! putting out leftwing pap because I'm already concerned enough about NBC and CBS doing so. I don't have to worry too much about Arianna Huffington being the vehicle for getting left-wing talking points into the national debate when Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow routinely pluck "stories" off Kos for whole segments.

On to some really futuristic stuff:

Many of you have probably read of Kurzweil and his "The Singularity is Near" doomsaying awesomesaying. Well, Time Magazine finally has too.

Worth a read. It's about the coming explosion in artificial intelligence and engineered human immortality -- power of the gods themselves type stuff -- and it's on track to hit earth around 2045, if not sooner.

On all those virtual reality dreamworlds posited by sci-fi: This isn't quite that, but one can imagine it's a short technological leap from a cap that stimulates the creative left-side of the brain with electrical LSD to full-fledged dreamscapes.

A BMW-produced documentary discusses flying cars, mostly in the we don't have 'em way I'm getting sick of.


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