Hacking The Universe is about figuring out how things work. Any things. All things. But specifically, for now, information security things and things about science.

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Non Interference “Prime Directive”

The “Prime Directive” is a philosophical viewpoint that civilizations making first contact with more primitive cultures should avoid contaminating the primitives with their advanced technology, science and way of thinking. It was promoted by the science fiction television and movie series, Star Trek, and has been adopted as a common theme in science fiction. A […]

An Evil Index for AI

The article below is not about Artificial Intelligence (AI). But it is about the ethics of algorithms that are likely to be used as building blocks in developing AI. Algorithms use decision trees to function and if the decision points embed a bias, the results are likely to be biased. If the subset of data […]

Soldier, Heal Thyself

An old proverb, “Cura te ipsum” (Latin), means “Physician, heal thyself”. DARPA is beginning work on a project that will enhance the ability of the human body to heal itself. The project will focus first on mapping the neural pathways involved in disease and injury and then on investigating the potential of modulating nerve activity […]

Intelligence Enhances Sex

Sex is better with a partner because it involves the pleasure of two instead of the pleasure of one and because it expands from the pleasure of self to the pleasure of another. Sex is best when both partners focus on the requirements and desires of the other more than their own needs. Just understanding […]

Wealth Expansion in Space

Any resource that cannot be replaced as fast as it is consumed is considered to be “non-renewable”. By contrast, resources that can be replaced or seem to be available in unlimited supply are considered to be “renewable”. The definition of these two categories is fuzzy and can change over time. In most economic theories, renewable […]

Embedded Optical Sensors

The story linked below is about using optical sensors to improve touch feedback in robots. But a greater significance to this story is that we have the ability to embed stretchable optical sensors for a range of applications. While the sensors in this story are actually tactile sensors designed to provide touch sensitivity, they use […]

Detecting Advanced Alien Civilizations Won’t Be Easy

Astronomers have suggested that advanced alien civilizations that generate and use energy on a large scale would also produce waste heat that can be detected from a distance. Since modern astronomy can’t detect such heat signatures, they conclude that such civilizations don’t exist. Since a waste heat signature can be detected by our primitive technology, […]

Taking Pills That Contain Nanotechnology

Carefully targeted and controlled delivery of substances into our bodies can be accomplished using nanotechnology containers. The containers can be routed to specific areas or tissues and can release materials at either a certain place or a certain time or span of time. Drugs, vitamins, oxygen, sensors, and more materials can be delivered in this […]

Using AI in the Development of Ethics

Both our understanding and application of ethics need improvement. There has been recent discussion of applying ethics to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and control of AI. What is really needed is the use of AI in the development and guidance of our ethics. Once a framework of moral standards and a methodology of […]

Scale Solar System

The problem with representing the scale of the Solar System is getting both a correct proportion of the orbits and a correct proportion of the planet sizes at the same time. To Scale: The Solar System – [vimeo.com] On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the […]