Category: Humans

  • Why do we Climb Mountains? Part 2

    Why do we Climb Mountains? Part 2

    This is my attempt to articulate my personal reasons that answer the question: “Why do we climb mountains?” I forewarn you: I am a total master of rationalization — finding possibly logical (and sometimes magical) reasons to develop passionate motivation to do the things that I really want to do, but that might be seen…

  • The Myth of Gear: Its not the Weapon, its the Warrior

    The Myth of Gear: Its not the Weapon, its the Warrior

    a meditation on the Myth of Gear in modern climbing culture: over-reliance on equipment (especially by novice climbers) in the twin worlds of mountaineering & rock-climbing. You might have heard of the debate on big mountains about “expedition-style” vs. “alpine-style” ascents. In short, the first is how they did it in the olden days —…

  • Why do We Risk Our Lives to Climb Mountains?

    Why do We Risk Our Lives to Climb Mountains?

    My recent adventures on the slopes of Mount Whitney (see 1 the initial summit & 2 the redemption mission), and the dancing with death that were a result of both, has me deeply thinking about the why of mountaineering. And not just for me — for Alex Honnold, for Scott Fischer — for anyone who chooses…

  • Redemption: Whitney Gear Retrieval Mission : Doing it Right

    Redemption: Whitney Gear Retrieval Mission : Doing it Right

    I returned home from my Whitney Adventure in a state of almost total and complete shock. I had lost five pounds in 48 hours; I’d also lost my phone, and abandoned all my gear — my entire base camp setup — at 11,000 feet. I knew I had to get back — and soon —…

  • Mount Whitney Mountaineers Route is Very Real. Adventure. (Winter 2024)

    Mount Whitney Mountaineers Route is Very Real. Adventure. (Winter 2024)

    “There’s a razors edge  . . . . between genius and madness. That’s a sharp,  . . . . hard edge to ride.” — Barry Blanchard — top high-risk Alpinist This is a story about one human summiting and descending one mountain. In this case, the human is me. I am an acrobat, athlete, amateur…

  • Rock Climbing 101: Key Findings from Joshua Tree 2024

    Rock Climbing 101: Key Findings from Joshua Tree 2024

    I recently did a tech-free (well, aside from my camera) adventure in the blissful playground of Joshua Tree National Park. Casually led by 2 seasoned climber friends, we explored a number of rock climbing routes inside the park. I learned a few things. Read as both literal and metaphor. 1. Going Down is 3x harder…

  • Roberts Five Laws of Robotics 2024

    Roberts Five Laws of Robotics 2024

    If you haven’t seen the writing on the wall — like this shiny Optimus robot model that is showing up in Tesla showrooms around the world — AI-driven humanoid robots are coming. And they’re going to need some prime directives. In tribute to Asimov, lets call them the Five Laws of Robotics. Musk states that…

  • The Age of Abundance : Quantum Compute, Fusion Energy, and UBI

    The Age of Abundance : Quantum Compute, Fusion Energy, and UBI

    Welcome to 2024, Humans. The aim is to make this my shortest post ever. To set the stage for Human + AI optimism into the new year. There may indeed be an AI Tsunami that shakes up humanity mightily… but that event ushers in the coming Age of Abundance. Whether this happens in 5 years,…

  • The Rise and Fall of SF : A Modern Dystopia c.2023

    The Rise and Fall of SF : A Modern Dystopia c.2023

    I’ve lived in SF several times (1998, 2009, 2012, 2016), under several types of economic circumstances (millionaire, homeless, couch-surfing…), and with several “moods” (ecstatic!, curious, dark…) across the decades. And in all that time, I’ve never seen anything even remotely like what I’ve witnessed in the past year: lets just call it what it is:…

  • AI and DNA 2030 : The Final Frontier

    AI and DNA 2030 : The Final Frontier

    So, I had this vision of how AI and DNA would interact, many many years ago. I never actually published, so this is a first. Lets explore. When we have a broad swath of the human population sequenced, and we have superpowerful pattern-recognition AIs that can eat Big Data (petabytes? exabytes?) for breakfast, AND we…