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Fighting Death

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The most significant event in a person’s life is death. It changes everything. More precisely, it takes everything that a person had. If he was in love, he no longer is. If he was aspiring to pleasures, there will be none any longer. The world will be gone for the person. Every single neuron will disappear that was responsible for the wishes, desires, and feelings. We don’t realize this, but everything single thing we accomplish, we do so looking in the face of inevitable death. Death takes away the sense of a person’s life.

That little human being that you were once, who looked at the world with eyes wide open, got surprised, laughed, sometimes cried, this human being will cease to exist. Will disappear. Forever.

Death is the triumph of unfairness. It is bloodcurdling that everybody will die. Kids, olds people, adults, women, men. Every person’s life is a tragedy, because it ends bad every time.

Death is so horrible that a man denies the very fact of its existence to protect himself. He simply doesn’t think he is mortal or comes up with a unproven theory that there is no death whatsoever.

The inevitability of death is defined by the fact people age. Therefore, the most rational behavior will be to study aging, and to try to slow it down and stop.

In this picture I am standing in the middle of the hall in the institute where aging will be defeated. When? When there is enough funding. When there are large-scale scientific projects. When a lot of people understand that aging has to be eliminated without proposing any additional requirements. For now the majority of wealthy people approach developing a cure for aging as another investment project.

The desire to make money on defeating death is laughable. It’s the same as when death comes to beg it to come later, and when it asks: “On what conditions?” to answer: “I’d like to make money on it”.

My whole like is devoted to fighting death. I have a very good plan. I only have to implement it.



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Poll – How Much Sleep is Good for You?

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Peter Diamantis’ Laws: via Singularity Weblog

Socrates from the Singularity Weblog has listed the amazingly inspirational life laws of Peter Diamantis. I strongly encourage everyone who hasn’t heard about Peter Diamantis and his X Prize Foundation to get familiar with what they do. And here’s a list of laws that bring Peter Diamantis his success:

  1. If anything can go wrong, Fix It!!… to hell with Murphy!
  2. When given a choice…  take both!!
  3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
  4. Start at the top then work your way up.
  5. Do it by the book … but be the author!
  6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
  7. If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done right now.
  8. If you can’t win, change the rules.
  9. If you can’t change the rules, then ignore them.
  10. Perfection is not optional.
  11. When faced without a challenge, make one.
  12. “No” simply means begin again at one level higher.
  13. Don’t walk when you can run.
  14. Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.
  15. When in doubt: THINK!
  16. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
  17. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
  18. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
  19. The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!
  20. The ratio of something to nothing is infinite.
  21. You get what you incentivize.
  22. If you think it is impossible, then it is… for you.
  23. An expert is someone who can tell you exactly how it can’t be done.
  24. The day before something is a breakthrough it’s a crazy idea.
  25. If it were easy it would have been done already.
  26. Without a target you’ll miss it every time.
  27. Bullshit walks, hardware talks.
  28. A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
  29. The world’s most precious resource is the passionate and committed human mind.
  30. Fail early, fail often!
  31. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

Copyright, 1986, 2009, Peter H. Diamandis, All Rights Reserved.  Laws # 14 & #18 by Todd B. Hawley.  #19 Adopted from Alan Kay.


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Science of TRON: Rendering a digital human

First of all, I have to say the TRON movie is an epic fail. Nevertheless, there is the gorgeous Daft Punk soundtrack and a couple of worthy scientific issues in one way or another depicted in the movie. We are all used to uncovered scientific lies, distortions and fantasies in the Hollywood pictures. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case in all the SciFi movies now. Scientific deciet and the damage it causes have been taken in account, although it’s not always obvious yet if a particular movie was created based on the knowledge of physical or any other kind of law. Anyway, TRON is a good example of an attempt to incorporate some real science into a Hollywood movie.

It’s hard to believe that when Steven Lisberger made the original 1982 cult film TRON, he was ineligible for an Academy Award for visual effects, because he’d used computers—and that was considered a form of cheating at that time.

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I wish. I wish I. I wish you.

These pictures were taken at the New Year’s party in St Petersburg, where I went to see my parents and friends.

They always toast: “May you be very happy and healthy in the New Year.” Well, if no disasters happen, I know that in 2011 I will be pretty much as healthy as I was in 2010. Unfortunately, “pretty much as” is very different to “exactly as”.

My New Year’s wish was that scientists would figure out the way for us to remain exactly as healthy as we were some time ago in the past or even healthier than that. If all the existing stress resistance machinery keeps working at its best, people would either age much slower, or stop aging at all. Of course, I know that achievements like that are not a matter of just one year, but I wish I could see some progress towards such scientific breakthroughs including increasead research funding and general public awareness in 2011. I will dedicate my next year to making it happen and I would love to have some good company along the way. Jump on board.


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