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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QUANTUM STUFF – Introduction

Quantum computing is not simple to understand. A good starting place is some of the ideas in quantum mechanics since they are fundamental to quantum computing. This is an introduction to a series of posts on stuff related to quantum quantum mechanics and quantum computing. Definition of “quantum” An amount or quantity of something A […]

Ballistic Electron Flow

Ballistic conduction is when electrons move through a medium with minimal scattering and resistance. This happens in nanowires and nanotubes because of their small diameter. Experiments confirm theory of “superballistic” electron flow – [mit.edu] The idea behind superballistic flow is that interactions among electrons make them move in a highly coordinated manner, mimicking the behavior […]

AI Will Learn Faster

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will learn faster than most humans. We can also do this. Learning Smart – [conceptualizedintelligence.com] Instead of focusing on learning facts, we should first concentrate on how to best learn. Learning facts first often teaches thinking skills limited to the specific fact set. The result is rote memorization without the ability to […]

AI Is Our Only Salvation

Recent news stories have echoed worries that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a threat to us. In fact, AI is our only salvation. There are numerous existential threats on our immediate horizon, including: nuclear weapons, bio-genetic weapons, nanotechnology weapons, robotic weapons, and more possibilities. Nuclear and robotic weapons pale in comparison to bio-genetic weapons and nanotechnology […]

Nano Neural Networks

Current neural networks are software constructs that run on computing devices. A new approach suggests the possibility of building neural networks into hardware using the structure of nanomaterials. AI implications: Engineer’s model lays groundwork for machine-learning device – [sciencedaily.com] In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer […]

1879 – Hahn – bio

Otto Hahn was born in Germany in 1879 and is considered to be the ‘father’ of nuclear chemistry. Hahn worked in the area of radiochemistry, at the time a new field that involved the study of radioactivity. He discovered several radioactive isotopes. He was nominated many times for Nobel prizes in both the fields of […]

Ceramic Aerogel Composite

Atomic layer deposition grows thin film layers of materials using sequential exposure of a substrate to gas molecules. Researchers at Purdue University are using a graphene aerogel substrate and depositing thin layers of aluminum oxide ceramic to create a new material that is light, elastic, strong, conductive, and offers thermal insulation. This has excellent potential […]

Education in the Future

In the early days of human history, education was the process of passing on knowledge from one individual to another in an informal and usually ad hoc arrangement. Then we learned to document knowledge and it became possible to distribute the learning of knowledge and formalize the process into the teacher and school paradigm. Over […]

“SUPERSAPIENS – The Rise of the Mind” (a film)

SUPERSAPIENS – the Rise of the Mind – [youtube.com] Supersapiens – The Rise of the Mind – [terramater.at] Synopsis As artificial intelligence rapidly blurs the boundaries between man and machine, we face an astonishing question: are we witnessing the rise of a new human species? Humanity is facing a turning point — the next evolution […]

The Advent of the Mobile Lounge

As self driving cars become more commonplace, our emphasis will change from driving experience to riding experience. If the vehicle can get us where we want to go safely and efficiently, we’ll begin to think more about how we travel. We can do more and more things without leaving home. That’s a good thing because […]