End of the Week, End of the World 10-31-08

The Earth is in the midst of it’s sixth mass extinction period: 50% of all species dying out. "The current extinction event is due to human activity, paving the planet, creating pollution, many of the things that we are doing today," Go humans. Rah team. obEP: Researchers send hired scavengers down to a dangerous ruined …

End of the Week, End of the World 10-24-08

It’s been a while since we’ve ended our week on an apocalyptic note, so here are some thoughts on why we’re all in trouble. My favorite line: Accepting the threat of superintelligence involves 1) understanding that human intelligence is finite, understandable, and ultimately engineerable, just like the body (surprise!), and 2) humans are […] actually …

End of the Week, End of the World

The Outquisition is a term coined by Cory Doctorow for a networked group that works to aid people in a post-apocalyptic scenario: the Outquisition; the opposite of the Inquisition — missionaries who come to your town to remind you of how awesome it can all be, leave behind a bunch of rad, life-improving systems and …

End of the Week, End of the World

ABC News has an article on people who are preparing for the world to end in December of 2012, as predicted by the Mayan calendar. (Those of you who play Shadowrun are already familiar with this idea, as that game places Dec. 11, 2011 as the date of the Awakening, when magic returns to the …