The Casino Owner Who Wants To Make You Live Forever

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Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week, we’ve got stories about the casino entrepreneur who wants to make you immortal, the NSA’s ‘Google For Voice’, a dive into Mars colonization, and more!


  • Glenn Straub, an “independently wealthy 68-year-old industrialist, itinerant polo player, and pugnacious real estate developer”, has bought up a virtually brand-new hotel in Atlantic City. He plans to turn it into a casino combined with a futuristic medical facility, so that you can live (and gamble) forever. [Bloomberg]
  • When we talk about colonizing Mars, it’s normally the technical issues being discussed. But should we want to go there in the first place; and if so, who should be on the front line? [Fusion]
  • The NSA doesn’t need to just collect all of our phone calls: it needs some way of mining the information, too. Rather than having humans sift through, the NSA developed a program for speech recognition, using machines to spit out rough transcripts of calls, and then keyword-mining, a program dubbed ‘Google For Voice’. [The Intercept]
  • It used to be you couldn’t go three clicks on the internet without a pastel-colored infographic trying to teach you something. But in the last few years, infographics have been on the downswing. And it’s not because data visualization is past its prime — rather, corporations have snapped up all the good designers. [Fast Company]
  • Don’t panic, but the United States is “in the midst of a slow-motion disease disaster”. This isn’t Ebola 2.0; rather, it’s the spread of avian influenza, and it’s wreaking havoc among poultry farms. [National Geographic]
  • Against the background of national discontent with our police force, there's one glimmer of hope: Fresno, California, where a long-running community policing initiative has been paying dividends. The Washington Post profiles an alternative, friendlier way to keep gangs off the streets. [Washington Post]

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The chance of living together would present unprecedented challenges and problems for humanity and the Earth. If you look at the basis of everything we do it’s based on that life-death cycle. Do we stop reproducing? Do we ever stop working?!?!?