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Bruce Damer, The EvoGrid, Dorkbot-SF, 2009-04-08 from pronoiac on Vimeo.

Here are a couple of talks from recent Dorkbot SF meetings. The first one is MAKE contributing author Dave Matthews, talking about “software as the new hardware.” His talk his entertaining and thought-provoking as always.

The second talk is of Bruce Damer, speaking about meteors, meteoric threats to Earth, asteroid mining, creating new lifeforms, sustainable space travel, and other related topics. Bruce is behind a project that really fascinates me, called the EvoGrid, which seeks to use computers to simulate “pre-biotic emergent complexity” as it may have arisen on an evolving Earth.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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