Cyprus Mail Profile

From a wide-ranging profile of me in the Cyprus Mail (a newspaper):

I’ve learned a bit about his lifestyle – [Hanson] reads widely; he goes biking; he likes movies, and peruses ‘100 Best Films’ lists to check how many he’s seen – but not very much. A profile is supposed to be personal, I remind him. But he shakes his head.

When interviewers talk to a musician or an athlete (or indeed a well-known academic), he points out, they’re forever asking them to ‘tell me about the rest of your life’ – yet “the way people become famous musicians or athletes is to focus so much of their energy on this professional thing, [so] there usually isn’t much of a ‘rest of their life’. And that’s not a message people usually want to hear, so they make up silly things in order to seem personal.”

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  • even has a book (still in draft form) on the subject

    Finish your book. I still want to read it. I also still think books will endure more than blogs, in which posts are too scattered to make for later reading.

    Speaking of books, have you read “Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors?”

  • Robert Koslover

    “His smile, when it flashes, is a wolfish grin, with an unmistakable tinge of Jack Nicholson.” Ha ha!

    • arch1

      (chuckle) I wonder whether Panayides knows what’s really behind his repeated references to Nicholson (hint: “People need the safety of lies; too much truth isn’t welcome, …”:-):-)

  • John-Henry

    Good article! Bridges the gap between being insightful and engaging for an audience which is not already familiar with your ideas.

  • CLXXXI181

    What’s the bird’s name?

  • david condon

    Okay, can somebody explain this to me? You say in the article that we’d talk to the em like a regular human, but just because we have an exact model of the brain doesn’t mean we would have a model of the ears, mouth, and eyes, does it? And even if we scanned those too, we wouldn’t know how to hook them up to the computer, would we? I would expect the way we communicate with the first ems to be very different from normal speech.

    • Ears, mouth, eyes are much eaiser to model than the brain. We already have decent ear and eye emulations.