“I Voted” stickers on the grave of Susan B. Anthony, champion of women’s suffrage

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Image credit: City of Rochester, NY, Mayor’s office

 

I recently was commissioned to write an essay for this year’s GOGBOT Festival. The festival theme was Post-Singularity, and my piece, entitled Ushering in the Era of Beneficial Intelligence, explored Stephen Hawking’s idea of “beneficial intelligence”, the Golem, our inherent biases, nuclear waste storage, the Anthropocene, and much more.

 

On Sunday I ran the Vondelparkloop, the first in the Rondje Mokum, a series of seven races over the course of one year in Amsterdam.

I ran the 6.7km recreation loop, and my time was pretty bad (read: almost last place!) because there were a fair few walking breaks, but what matters most is that I finished! Full credit to my sister/coach, who talked me through the second half of the race!

Here we are with our medals on after the race:

 

2016 is…

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The year of PANTONE colours Rose Quartz and Serenity.
The year of the Fire Monkey.
150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.
The International year of Pulses.
The Jubilee of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis.
Centennial of the US National Park Service.
Centennial of the complete Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

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