Category Archives: Sonia Arrison cites

Doctors, academics debate the possibility, value of a 150-year lifespan

Here are two well-written stories about longevity, the Palo Alto Longevity Prize, and my book, 100 Plus. Journalist Joshua Alvarez did a good job interviewing a diverse set of voices. Here are the two links: one and two.

A few observations:

-Some may be surprised to see that the head of Stanford’s “Center on Longevity” says that “I’m largely on the fence about increasing lifespan. I see a real need for improving the quality of our lives and accommodating the years we’ve been given.” That’s sort of depressing, particularly given that so much of the cool tech that will extend our health is being created right at Stanford.

-I’m happy to have been given credit for writing the book that Dr. Walter Bortz, a physician who advocates for a 100 year lifespan, thought would never be written.

Singularity Hub reviews 100+

Aaron Saenz at Singularity Hub writes a thoughtful review of 100+:

What would you do with another 75 years on this Earth? Not as a pain wracked wizened elder in a nursing home, but as a vibrant super-centenarian with the energy of a 30 year old? Sonia Arrison is here to tell you it’s not only possible, it’s coming soon. The author, journalist, futurist and Silicon Valley insider’s latest book, 100+, explores the science and the fallout of extending our lifespans. Easy to read, and easy to understand, 100+ walks you through the incredible achievements in regenerative medicine we’ve already seen, projects them forward, and discusses the changes in environment, economy, family, and religion that will follow.

Another great Command College seminar

I spent another day this week leading a seminar at California’s Command College, a place where police officers go for extra training on a number of issues. My topic was technology and below are the links I said I’d post for attendees. Thanks to Tom for being a fabulous host — I’m looking forward to the next great group of people.

  • Communications infrastructure
  • Info on the municipal WiFi debate
    Photo of a Stratellite

  • Using communications tech
  • Technorati
    RSS readers
    Delta Airlines photo
    SF police scandal
    EFF blog guidelines
    Story about paying bloggers to blog

  • Data collection issues
  • Story surrounding me, Rush Limbaugh, and a Pentagon data-mining unit
    Graph of TIA
    Graph of Carnivore
    David Brin’s Transparent Society
    Face recognition goes mainstream

  • Virtual realities & intellectual property
  • Second Life multiplayer online game
    USA Today post about making humans rich by creating a robot underclass
    Entertainment industry suing kids

  • Enhancing security
  • Voice detector software
    Lie detecting brain scans
    Selling truth
    Guardrobo D1
    Predator Drone
    Story on Telekenetic Monkey
    Radical evolution
    Remote controlled human
    Human looking robot, repliee q1Expo
    NUVO walking humanoid robot

    E-voting and paper issues

    John Wildermuth of the SF Chronicle wrote a story today about e-voting and PRI’s objections to obsessing over paper trails. As I said in the piece, the whole point of e-voting is to move away from paper and it really is just a matter of time before the Luddites lose their luster. Here’s a link to PRI’s paper on the issue and to PRI’s top ten list of California policy blunders for 2005.

    Free WiFi in SF a bad idea

    The SF Chronicle quoted me on this issue today, and for whatever reason felt the need to say that PRI is funded by SBC, but of course they didn’t say by how much, leaving the false impression that SBC is a big part of our budget. Well, let me set the record straight. SBC is *not* a huge part of our budget. Their contributions add up to less than 2% of our budget and PRI always decides which issues to tackle *before* we go looking for funding.

    So, with that, let me just say that my column on Muni WiFi will be published at TechNewsWorld tomorrow, and Mayor Gavin Newsom should read it given that he says he’s looking for public comments on his idea of city-provided “free” WiFi.

    Command College seminar

    Today I led a discussion seminar at Command College on technology issues such as broadband, communications applications, privacy, security, intellectual property, nanotech, robotics, and biotech. The officers in the program were engaging and thoughtful — a good sign for the future of law enforcement in California.

    Here is a list of some of the links we visited during our discussion:

    Communications infrastructure:
    Broadband over power lines
    Photo of a Stratellite
    Chart on broadband access

    Using communications tech:
    My blog started the same day as former FCC Chairman Michael Powell
    Technorati search engine for blogs
    Army Spc. Colby Buzzell’s blog
    Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Steven Kiel of Alexandria
    A female soldier about to go to war, reflecting on the husband and children she will leave behind
    Delta Airlines photo and story
    A New York National Guardsman was demoted from sergeant to specialist for blogging. Note archives are offline
    EFF blog guidelines

    Data collection
    Story surrounding me, Rush Limbaugh, and a Pentagon data-mining unit.
    Graph of TIA
    Graph of Carnivore
    David Brin’s Transparent Society

    Enhancing security
    Voice detector software
    Document fingerprint
    NUVO walking humanoid robot
    3D printers
    Printing circuits
    Printing sushi
    More 3D printing photos

    Radio discussion tonight on digital divide

    I’ll be participating in a discussion about San Francisco and the digital divide tonight at 7:30 pm. The first part of the show is a panel discussion, but during the second half we will be taking questions from callers. If you’d like to call in or listen online here’s the info:

    The studio call-in number is 415/841-4134, and we usually begin taking calls at around 7:50 p.m.
    Those without radio access can tune in through the website at

    Update: you can listen to the debate here.