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Interview :: Media : Technology
small WORLD Interview with Rudy Rucker
14 Oct 2005
Interview with novelist and popular science writer Rudy Rucker.
Interview with novelist and popular science writer Rudy Rucker. We discuss his recently released book, Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me About Ultimate Reality, the Meaning of Life, and How to Be Happy; the universe as different types of computation; his six teachings that came from the book; his book The Hacker and the Ants; going native in California; teaching computer science at San Jose State University; working as a computer programmwer at AutoDesk; determinism versus free will; Stephen Wolfram and cellular automata; his belief in God; the influence of his great, great grandfather, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; the dialectic: thesis, synthesis and antithesis; how gnarly computation taught him how to be writer; what he discovered while writing his latest book; Kurt Gödel's incompleteness theorem; A New Kind of Science; is artificial intelligence possible; Ray Kurzweil; Moore's law; how philosophy has changed in the 20th century; Daniel Dennett; science fiction as philosophy; Accelerando by Charles Stross; the singularity, Vernor Vinge; Accelerating Change conference; how is style of writing developed; counterculture values; his novel Software; Olaf Stapleton; Zap Comix; artist Pieter Brueghel; his podcasts; his blog; Boing Boing.

Featured song is "No Better Place To Live" by Criste & Gifton Saizi.

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