James Bedsole

James is a Boston-based freelance journalist and medical professional. Raised in Memphis, TN, James moved to Massachusetts in the 1980's.
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Ray Kurzweil 30-minute interview by James Bedsole, science journalist

This is the full interview (about 30 minutes) with Ray in his Google office in Mountain View, CA, February 15, 2017. Ray gave generously of his time, and his replies to my questions were very focused, full of excellent content. At the end of 2013, I made a documentary (https://youtu.be/5igUX43gkiU) about Ray, which includes clips … Continue reading

A Techno-Optimistic View of the World – 23-minute video by James Bedsole, science journalist

During 2017, I interviewed six prominent techno-optimists: Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, Ramez Naam, Daniel Kraft, David Eagleman, and Dave Evans. This video assembles clips from these interviews, to address the meaning of techno-optimism and why techno-optimists have a positive, brave, fearless view of humanity’s future. You can view more of the interviews with each of … Continue reading

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: An Update

  Of the over 150,000 stars monitored by the Kepler spacecraft for evidence of exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system, the star KIC 8462852 may be the most mysterious. The task of Kepler, launched in 2009, is to watch for a slight dimming of the light from each star, caused by planets transiting … Continue reading

Cutting-Edge Robotics Research at the Wyss Institute

  Flying robots. Crawling robots. Swarming robots. Soft robots. Wearable robots. All of these robotic types are in development at the Harvard-based Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The Wyss (pronounced “veese”) Institute was established in 2009 from a $125 million gift from Swiss entrepreneur Hansjorg Wyss, who earned a Harvard M.B.A. in 1965. At … Continue reading

Ray Kurzweil Documentary – James Bedsole – Extended Version (19.3 min. – best viewed in high definition/full screen)

This is the longer version (about 19 minutes) of the documentary I completed about author & visionary Ray Kurzweil. After the end credits, there are another eight or so minutes of Ray answering additional interview questions. You can go directly to these additional questions at the following video time locations: 1) 11:42 Ray discusses the … Continue reading

Lead Surgeon Who Saved Boston Marathon Bombing Officer Reflects on Long Career

On April 19, 2013, Frank Vittimberga, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was suddenly drawn into the Boston Marathon bombing drama that gripped the area. MBTA Officer Richard Donohue was admitted to Mount Auburn, after being mortally shot in a gun battle with the marathon bombers in Watertown. Donohue had lost … Continue reading

Open and Expanding – Promoting Acceptance of Nonreligious Americans

One year in, the Openly Secular campaign continues to promote acceptance of nonreligious Americans JAMES BEDSOLE   19 OCTOBER 2015   In 1995, devout Catholic Todd Stiefel rejected his faith and became an agnostic. At the time Stiefel was enrolled in an Old Testament history course at the Duke University Divinity School. “It was the first time … Continue reading

A Return to Primitive Solitude

I will return to simple, primitive camping in the wild, now comfortable with the wondrous mystery that infuses every moment and everything. Continue reading

Techno-Optimism: Everything Will Get Better

Imagine that, within the next couple of decades, worldwide living standards will have risen enough to end to dire poverty and material scarcity. Humanity will enter an era of bountiful food, endless clean water, inexhaustible cheap energy, greatly extended human longevity, exponentially improved communications and education. Such is the optimistic view presented in the just-published … Continue reading

Local Family Struggles with Autism Diagnosis

I am a close acquaintance of a local couple, Tom & Alicia Stanley (names changed for privacy reasons), who have a three-and-a-half year old autistic son. Around Noah’s second birthday, Tom & Alicia noticed disturbing changes to his behavior: he became socially withdrawn, rarely making eye contact; he displayed repetitive behaviors, such as walking in circles; … Continue reading

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