1. Assume that in the future there will be huge leaps in human augmentation. Given a scale from completely human to completely machine, how far would you choose to augment yourself with robotics? What parts would you augment and why?
Considering how badly my body feels these days, I would opt for a robotic body, one that I could design, and have my brain placed inside. That way IF anything was painful, it would be easier to fix. And I don’t think the human body was designed very well to begin with.
2. In your community, are events, school, and large gatherings forbidden or cancelled due to COVID-19?
It’s been interesting. Although we are just 100 miles north of Seattle, the epicenter of the virus in the US, we do not have one confirmed case of it anywhere in our entire county. I have no doubt that this will change. Schools are closed and restaurants are essentially closed, although almost all of them are doing take out and curbside pick up. Our big casino is closed and the YMCA and pool. Almost all churches are closed, although I understand a few ultra conservative churches are refusing to do so. Figures. But stores are still open. And although beauty salons and nail salons are suppose to be closed, all six nail places are open for business. There are lots of people out and about, the highway is just as busy as any other day, and the only people I saw wearing masks were a few at the clinic.
3. Has your work schedule changed due to COVID-19–i.e., onsite work changed to teleworking or shortened shifts or no work at all?
I’m retired so it doesn’t really affect me at all. And since I’m basically an introvert, I’m use to staying home. The only thing that would bother me is if we lost the Internet.
4. What gets too much attention in the news?
I don’t know… I find it interesting to read it all, even the so called “fake news” as it all gives me an insight to human behavior. Not all of that will be good, but I’ve been surprised… just like after 9/11, people are stepping up to help one another.
5. How do you get your news?
Mostly by email from CNN, the Seattle Times, our local newspaper, Huffington Post, sites like that. I get a lot of blogs and it’s interesting to get their views and opinions. I think this is the first time that everyone is on the same page about any one topic. But in most of our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a global pandemic like this. It is extraordinary.
Bonus: Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? This year how will you celebrate?
Sometimes, but not this year. I didn’t even wear green, wore black instead. The closest I came was posting silly memes on Facebook.