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Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 2 – Geography and Geology

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 2 - Geography and Geology

Living In The Asteroid Belt – part 1 – Introduction was the previous article in this series. GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY Geography The inner planets of our Solar System are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. By convention, the orbital distance of the Earth from the Sun has been established as 1 Astronomical Unit (AU). The orbit […]

How Ethics Works

How Ethics Works

Ethics is the consideration of what action is the best. This can be fairly straightforward when we only consider ourselves and there aren’t any significant unknown factors. But even under these restrictions, an ethical analysis can become complex. Consider this scenario: We can travel for one day to a location where there is one gallon […]

Vitology

Martine Rothblatt explores the question of what qualifies as artificial intelligence and along the way, suggests a new name for it – Vitology. Then, in another article, she describes how fast it is arriving. Will Uploaded Minds in Machines be Alive? – [ieet.org] The differences between organic and cybernetic life are less important that their […]

Drake Equation

The “Drake Equation” was composed by Frank Drake in 1960 as a means to predict the chances that there is intelligent life somewhere else in the universe. The equation includes a series of values that are estimated by common sense or logic or any other means available. Once the values are filled in, the equation […]