Over the years I have become a fan of what is called the Singularity. It is a time in the not so distant future when technological progress goes faster than the ability to predict it. Essentially, progress in medical science, computer hardware, artificial intelligence, and nano-technology is exponential in nature and some 30 – 50 years from now, progress accelerates to the point where the curve points straight up. http://www.singularity.com/
I am interested in a thing called the Singularity, a point in time where advances in nanotechnology, medical technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer technology come so fast that it is impossible to keep up and the world changes fundamentally. Ray Kurtzweil and others believe that time is in the 2040 – 2060 timeframe. One of the threads of that movement is the development of AI. Ran across a discussion in the Wait but Why blog by Tim Urban last week.
Ran across this on Instapundit several months ago and forgot to post it. A hilarious writeup about how to cook a steak. The good news is that the recipe and technique is pretty good and works very well. The bad news is that the article is NSFW. But I have a fairly raucous sense of humor and find it very, very funny. Enjoy. Cheers -
As the Comet Ison loops around the sun this weekend, I ran across the following flash-powered simulator. Note that it does require flash so it won't run on Apple products. It is actually pretty cool, as you can change viewing perspective from external to the solar system to any point on the earth. Nicely done. Enjoy -
One of the cooler things I've seen recently is a Jean-Claude Van Damme commercial for Volvo trucks. It is supposed to show off the new precision steering system in the trucks. And it does. OMG, it does. Enjoy -
One of the newer and more controversial arguments is that recent human history (the last 11,000 years) has been driven by a series of impact events. The first of which was the Younger Dryas (YD), about 10,900 years ago, which appears to be a continental class disaster centered on North America. At the time of the Younger Dryas, the earth was coming out of the last great Ice Age, and was plunges back into cold for over 1000 years. The temperature shift happened very swiftly and was coincident with extinction of large mammals in North America, giant sloths, mastodons, horses, etc.
And for you engineering and space enthusiasts, here is an article about the resurrection of the F-1 engine, used in the Saturn V from mothballs. It was and is the most powerful rocket engine in history and appears ready to ride again - bigger, better and cheaper than 50 years ago. Other interesting fallout from the story is that NASA didn't destroy the plans for it per urban legend. Things were going so fast during Apollo that these beasts were literally grown organically from a few line drawings and lots and lots of hands on welding expertise.