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Building a Synthetic Consciousness

The team had been working for some time on automating stock market trades. Every night the scripts poured over the data from the trading day, matching patterns that had been determined to provide advantageous trading opportunities and extracting the pieces needed for further analysis. Those pieces were fed through several neural networks that had been […]

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 […]

Morphable Robotic Furniture

We like to sit in chairs that can rock and recline. Power chairs that raise and lower themselves are becoming more common. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has also designed a wheelchair that can climb stairs and raise and lower itself. New exoskeleton designs make it easier for people to move large and heavy […]

The Creation of Dimensions

Before our universe was created, there was nothing and there was everything, because they were the same thing and there was no way to distinguish between everything and nothing. In a place of singularity, all time and space, and all energy and matter, exist together and simultaneously. In order to create something new and different, […]

How Multiple Universes Might Form

Our universe seems to be expanding. Based on this observation, we conclude that it probably originated from a dense single “spot” or singularity. The “Big Bang” theory is often presented as a rapidly expanding “blob of stuff”, that spreads out across a static framework of space and time. It makes sense to consider that the […]

Skin Suit Requirements

A Skin Suit concept was previously described here as a combination of a super-skin layer of clothing, a space suit, and an exoskeleton. In order to bring this closer to a functional reality, we need to define requirements. We can start by defining the layers that are involved: Skin components – a layer of protective […]

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 […]

The Sequence of Contact

The world of science fiction loves to speculate about human civilization making first contact with aliens. Too often, those aliens are remarkably like us; not just in the way their bodies resemble ours, but also in their stage of developmental growth. We understand the difficulties involved in imagining an intelligent civilization unlike ourselves and then […]

Life Can Be Suspended – Then Continued

The concept of suspended animation has been used in science fiction for many years. As medical science has advanced, our ability to extend life has grown to the point where it is difficult to define the difference between “alive” and “dead”. There are many documented cases of hypothermia (extreme cold) slowing down body functions and […]

The Last Generation To Die — a short film

This kickstarter project is going to produce a film on longevity and the possibility of human immortality. (follow this link for the kickstarter project) The Last Generation To Die — a short film – [kickstarter.com] The story takes place roughly 30 years in the future at the moment when science has first figured out how […]