Finally saw #Interstellar, and…
It wasn’t so much a science fiction film as it was a call to arms.
Machine consciousness, Climate change, dark extropianism, extradimensional science, and some stuff i can’t tell you until you’ve seen it. It was not perfect, in terms of either gender or…
The discovery is a boost for the Panspermia Hypothesis — but it’s a potential nightmare for scientists concerned about interplanetary contamination.
DEATH DEALER, LIFE GIVER… ASTEROIDS!!!Read more "DNA Can Survive Sub-Orbital Spaceflight And Atmospheric Reentry"
The glow we see at the Milky Way’s core began its voyage towards us at a time when prehistoric hunters were chasing mammoths across Europe’s ice sheets. The galaxy itself spans 100,000 light years, and its nearest equivalent, the great disc of Andromeda, is 2.5 million light years away. We see it as it looked when humanity’s ancestors walked the African savannah. When interstellar archaeologists tilt their telescopes to the sky, they are gazing into the deep history of the cosmos, but to find a civilisation more advanced than ours, they have to tilt their imaginations into the future. They have to plot out a plausible destiny for humanity, and then go looking for it in the cosmic past.Read more "Searching for the ruins of alien civilisations"
“The vision was simple – let anyone on Earth experience the Moon live through the eyes of a robot,” explained team leader Daniel Shafrir.
“We weren’t just going to go to the Moon. We are going to bring the Moon back,” he added.
The telepresence robot, nicknamed Andy after university founder Andrew Carnegie, can be controlled by an operator’s head.
Using an Oculus Rift headset, the movements of the user’s head are tracked and sent back to Andy’s camera so that it will match where the user is looking.
“Imagine the feeling of looking out and seeing rocks and craters billions of years old. Turn your head to the right and you see the dark expanse of space. Turn your head to the left and you see home, Earth,” said Mr Shafrir.
First we virtually take the Moon…
Get on this Google. Every planet. Every moon. Every near earth asteroid.
Whoop… Deploy probe.
While we build the infrastructure to get our meat bodies out there afk.Read more "Students build Oculus Moon robot"
The audience was given an update on the current search for extraterrestrial biology including finding chemical signatures in atmospheres of exoplanets that indicate life, direct observation such as Curiosity uncovering layers of carbon strata as it climbs the hills around Mt. Sharp, or detection of radio signals which would indicate intelligent life elsewhere. They were then asked how humanity should handle such discoveries. If we discovered microbial life, what kind of impact would that have on us? If we discovered a technically sophisticated life, what would our reaction be? Further discussions focused on transcending anthropocentric thinking, questioning whether we should assume that all life was built on the same principles as life here on Earth, that our biology wasn’t universal. In the event of coming across life built on chemistry different from ours, would we even recognize it as life?
Theologians were asked to consider the status of alien life within the context of morality. What would be our responsibilities in dealing with extraterrestrials whether microbial or more complex life forms? We humans here on Earth have shown through past behavior little regard for other living things. If we can’t eat them or domesticate them to help us then we often decimate them. It’s only recently that conservation and biodiversity have been adopted as core values within our human existence. So in discovering life elsewhere what would be our behavior? Destroyer or conservationist?
In one session Christian theologians were asked if they would baptize an extraterrestrial A Jesuit in attendance is quoted by the Huffington Post as stating “any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” So on the question of baptism, if E.T. asked baptism would be granted.Read more "NASA Meets Theologians to Discuss How We Respond to E.T."
It’s the aesthetic. It’s supposed to be minimal and serious and authentic and (hair-shirt) ethical. But it is in fact Miserable Web.
Now that I’ve typed the words Miserable Web, I like the service much more than I did. And it doesn’t dismiss my previous conception of the place as “medical-grade internet,” either. Here is your grim prescription from Miserable Web. Meet the other patients. Enjoy your broken conversations in our infinite antiseptic white rooms, as if you were inmates in the cells of THX-1138. Consider the blank silence under our eyeless, lying smile. Even if you leave, the piece of you that loved colour and joy is still here, dying.
This is Miserable Web. Say Ello.Read more "Ello Darkness My Old Friend | MORNING, COMPUTER"
“When a cyborg is on the point of death their local network sends for two or more priests, who assemble around the sick bed of the dying person and say a prayer for the indexing of one’s sins. The priests are paid in cryptocurrency and Soylent for their attendance. If the person dying is able to join the priest in saying their last indexing-prayer, or if they are able to say it themselves alone, so much the better.” @interdomeRead more "the funeral ceremonies of the cyborgs | THE STATE"