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Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

May 16, 2021

Welcome to episode #775 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #775 - Host: Mitch Joel. Here is one of the more fascinating humans that you can connect with. George Dyson fancies himself as someone who makes boats, but he is also a technologist, historian, and one of the true polymaths in our world today. Dyson is the son of the theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson and mathematician Verena Huber-Dyson, the brother of technology analyst Esther Dyson, and the grandson of the British composer Sir George Dyson. Dyson's early life is described in Kenneth Brower's book The Starship and the Canoe. When he was sixteen he went to live in British Columbia to pursue his interest in kayaking. From 1972 to 1975, he lived in a treehouse that he built from salvaged materials on the shore of Burrard Inlet. Dyson became a Canadian citizen and spent 20 years in British Columbia, designing kayaks, researching historic voyages and native peoples, and exploring the Inside Passage. He nows lives in Washington state where he makes kayaks and writes about history, science and technology. His books are Baidarka, Project Orion, Turing's Cathedral, and his latest: Analogia - The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines. Enjoy the conversation...