During 2000-2001, I spent a little time playing journalist -- mostly writing articles for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung, one of whose publishers (Frank Schirrmacher) inexplicably took a liking to my writing. Nearly all of the articles here were published in the FAZ, though a few were written for science magazines, and one or two were written with FAZ in mind but never actually published by them. A lot (but not all) of the material here was reworked and reused in my book The Path to Posthumanity.
I've also written some journalistic stuff more recently, but haven't bothered to link to it here (yet)
I wrote this for the FAZ but they wouldn't publish it because it was too controversial. It recounts some interesting but bad experiences I had in early 2001, when the company Webmind Inc. that I cofounded in 1997 (under the original name Intelligenesis Corp.) closed its doors for financial reasons. The reason the FAZ wouldn't publish the article is that one of the events related to Webmind's dissolution was the collapse of a potential investment in Webmind by the FAZ itself! Hmmm....
In 2000-2001, the FAZ ran a series of "biographies of cyber-pioneers" or some such. I wrote a bunch of articles for this series. All of these are badly obsolete now, and would need updating to account for recent occurences in these peoples' lives. My Danny Hillis profile was used as the basis for the Wikipedia entry on Hillis for a while, but I'm not sure if it's still up there -- at one point someone deleted it because they thought it was too positive!
Most of these appeared in FAZ; those that appeared other places are explicitly noted.
- April 2000: OK, We've Mapped the Human Genome, Now What?
- June 2000: What's the Story with Internet Stocks? -- Internet Stock Madness and Internet Infrastructure , written for FAZ but not published due to the tech stock meltdown!
- July 2000: AI Manifesto , otherwise known as "The Internet SuperMind and Beyond," coauthored with Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, published in the FAZ and republished somewhere in Russia...
- July 2000: Web Robots Not Physical Robots are the Key to Real AI: A Response to Hans Moravec, e-published at edge.org
- September 2000: The Extropian Creed, (the FAZ really liked this one but I don't really agree with it anymore, as I've now gotten to know the Extropians better and I think my opinion when I wrote the article was exaggerated. I treat these issues much more carefully in my book The Path to Posthumanity).
- September 2000: Principia Cybernetica: Placing the Web at the Center of Man's Quest for Knowledge
- May 2001, Curing Poverty with Computing: Brazilian Researchers Build Cheap Computers for the Masses
- May 2001, Neural Networks: The Promise and the Reality, which appeared in a German futurist magazine whose name I can't recall
- June 2001, The New Genetics
- July 2001, In Search of the Universal Equation: String Theory, Subatomic Computing, and Other Bold Attempts to Form a Unified Picture of the Submicroscopic World of which our Universe is but a Shadow
- December 2001, The Quest for Pharmacological Immortality
- December 2001, Technological Innovation and Venture Funding in post-bin-Laden America
- March 2002, Nanotechnology Gets Real
- March 2002, Computing, Quantum Style
- March 2002, The Cyborgization of Humanity
- March 2002, Cryonics Comes of Age
- March 2002, Liberating Minds from Brains
- May 2000: What is Language?, a brief note published in some European periodical whose name I've forgotten