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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AR Foursome

An Augmented Reality (AR) filter could be used to change the appearance of our sex partner to any form we desire. This is real sex with a virtual skin. It won’t be long before we find two lovers having sex, with each wearing AR goggles to fantasize about somebody else. This could be considered a […]

Eat the Cooking Instructions

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects are all the rage. A recipe for making good tasting food is an old fashioned version of a DIY project, but this new version includes eating the paper the recipe instructions are printed upon. – [youtube.com]

Self Assembly Using Sound Waves

Imagine scattering puzzle pieces on a table top, then vibrating the table until the pieces all fit into place, solving the puzzle. That’s a crude description of self-assembly, but some molecules like to combine with others when they get into the right position. Using sound waves opens up new possibilities, like assembly in three dimensions […]

Harvesting Electricity from Normal Movement

The simplest example of the “triboelectric effect” is rubbing a balloon against hair or scuffing shoes across a carpet to produce static electricity. When this is combined with induction, it becomes possible to harvest electric power using charge transfer between two thin films that have different tribo-electric polarities. As we learn to integrate this process […]

Trusting Robots

The article below points out that trust will be earned over time. This trust will come not from the physical appearance of the object being interacted with, but by the intelligence of the software creating the interaction. The more human-like the software interaction is, the more room there is to build trust. How Robots Will […]

The Aliens Are Us

We indulge ourselves with science fiction stories and movies that portray aliens as strong and evil threats to human civilization. But our history shows that we are the most dangerous threat to other species around us. We have rolled over species and even entire environments in a destructive and ignorant fashion. We don’t think of […]

Lab-grown Blood Stem Cells

Growing blood stem cells in a lab may be the key to producing a limitless supply of blood. This has potential to bypass the difficult process of finding a matching donor and doing blood marrow transplants. Limitless Lab-Grown Blood Is ‘Tantalizingly Close’ After 20 Years – [singularityhub.com] Blood stem cells are things of wonder: hidden […]

Integrated Attack Strategy

Integrated attack strategies involve combining hacking computer systems with attack vectors such as: espionage, blackmail, medical/health attacks, asymmetric “guerrilla-style” attacks, weapons of mass destruction, and conventional kinetic military attacks. The video below shows an example using a medical vector, and an unprotected printer, to compromise patient and identity records that can be used in future […]

LUNAR – an extension of humanity

The single greatest extension of the human race so far has been the U.S. space program that culminated in reaching the Moon in 1969. The Apollo program ended in 1972. This short film is an animation of actual NASA photographs that portray the Moon landing effort.

We Grow As Our Machines Grow

Human civilization history is a record of extending human effort through external means. The means used are often called “machines”. Our machines extend our reach and amplify our effort. They make us stronger, faster, more accurate, and even smarter. We began with simple tools made from bones and rocks. We learned to use fire as […]