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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    An interesting concept based on user input and usage.

    Sun, Mar 15, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: japan, technology
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    A futurist discusses the coming merger of human biology and our technologies, exponential advancements in life genomics and life expectancy, and more efficient use of resources and energy.

    Topics include:
    • augmented neurological computers and memory
    • devices that let blind people read text in any environment
    • genomics increasing life expectancy by more than a year, every year
    • nanotechnology that can assist and replace white blood cells
    • transportation and replication of our biological memories
    • artificial intelligence
    • solar energy advancements and the coming switch once fossil fuel costs exceed it

    Science Friday excerpt: Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains the idea of the "singularity" — what happens when technology advances so much that it's impossible to predict what happens next. Will artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and biotechnology be able to completely reshape what it means to be human?




    Puppet Master: It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So, man is an individual only because of his intangible memory... and memory cannot be defined, but it defines mankind. The advent of computers, and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.
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    There's a bit of a debate going on about wether or not the new Hadron Collider will create stranglets, or miniature black holes that may endanger the entire planet! There's actually a lawsuit with the aim of stopping the collider form going into operation this summer, pointing to research that shows a possibility of these mini black holes being created. If this were the case, which is a tiny possibility, a stranglet would form a tiny black hole that would sink towards the center of the earth due to gravity, and it would basically just gobble up everything starting from the inside. I sense a hollywood movie in the works.

    I tend to have faith in a large group of international scientists like this, especially because I highly doubt they would intentionally create something that might destroy the world. The fact that the possibility is a reality however, is kind of exciting… Either way, when this goes into operation, it's going to push our knowledge of the behavior of matter much further. Who knows what technologies might spawn from this research, the potential is vast. Can humans make it to a Class 1 civilization?

    Take a listen to an interview with one of the researchers below, and remember, if the world might end this summer, live it up!


    The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN

    Sat, Apr 19, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: physics
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    High energy research facility in Japan. Image from Pingmag Article. Photograph by Joe Nishizawa
    Thu, Dec 13, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: energy, japan, technology, physics
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