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and Peter Cooper followedI would like to start a bounty for the port of WebKit to GNUstep. In order to receive the bounty, the following requirements must be met: — The port should use the latest code (as of 2006.02.28) from the WebKit Subversion repository as located at http://webkit.org/ — All patches must be submitted back to the original codebase. We would like to avoid a fork by getting GNUstep support in WebKit proper. — Along with the port of WebKit itself, the potential bounty recipient must also include a GORM palette for embedding web views in GNUstep applications. Upon completion of the above items and a code review by selected third-party developers, the bounty will be disbursed within 60 days after code delivery. The amount of the bounty is $500 USD — if others would like to offset some of my personal cost, or contribute to the bounty, please contact me and I will coordinate the transactions.
"It's going to be a non-trivial activity, so I've offered to match his $500. I'm in favour of having some sensible sunset clause on the bounty, but I'll leave that to Jesse to think about.
What are the implications?
History has proved with all great discoveries come great benefits and equally great hazards.
Possible benefits include artificial limbs powered by thought, new artificial organs, medical alert systems that may summon medical assistance automatically on detection of a life threatening situation, and automatic drug dispensing. Direct brain links to information sources may also be possible, and here is where the 'Dark Side' of our natures may become our downfall.
Direct access to surveillance systems, monitoring hardware and software, virtual reality porn implants, and an eventual de-humanisation of our race. Our combat soldiers and pilots may become something out of a science fiction movie. The Cyborg may eventually become a reality.
We are already on the dangerous edge of cloning, are we now firmly on the road to Armageddon?
Article by Mark McGimpsey