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  • Philosophy

    Adjacent Realities: The Big Lie

    When talking about the possible, we must from the outset confront the big lie that all too often accompanies it. Unlike many big lies, this one is not always offered with an intent to deceive. [...]
  • Philosophy

    Adjacent Realities: The Fourth Wall

    Most of us like to think that reality is something that human beings can comprehend. And, more to the point, we tend to think that we personally are among those who have a pretty good [...]
  • Aliens

    Is Something Killing All the Aliens?

    Is it possible that we never met any aliens because somebody killed them all? Or might it be that one day WE will kill them all? Aliens Are Real, But Humans Will Probably Kill Them [...]
  • Accelerating Tech

    Is Social Media Killing Us?

    Is social media killing us? If so, how do we fix it? Correlation is not causation, but still there is a huge correlation between rising depression rates and the ascendancy of social media. For example, [...]
  • Accelerating Tech

    Closer Than We Think

    Are breakthrough technologies progressing faster than we think? Phil and Stephen review three recent news items that indicate they may be. Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought https://go.nature.com/2JhnFLT Siphoning carbon dioxide [...]
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Frickin’ Lasers! (Save the Universe)

by Phil in Accelerating Tech 0

Frickin’ Lasers Save the Universe Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster Phil and Stephen discuss two recent examples of the amazing potential of lasers to change everything. Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million [...]
  • 50 Life-Saving Breakthroughs

    Phil and Stephen take a look at The 50 Most Important Life-Saving Breakthroughs in History. Some of these a big medical breakthroughs that you would immediately think of like treatments for malaria, others are less expected [...]
  • Will Mind-Reading Computers Replace Human Speech?

    Phil and Stephen discuss scenarios for the future of brain-computers interfaces and how they might alter human communication. Worldwide AI consciousness may replace human speech In just 32 years, humans won’t speak to each other [...]
  • Self-Driving Cars: Answering the Objections

    We have covered the safety risks of autonomous vehicles as well as potential privacy risks and risks to our personal freedom. Now let’s answer some of those objections. It turns out that most of the [...]
  • Will Autonomous Vehicles End Our Way of Life?

    Safety may not be the only problem with autonomous vehicles. Is it possible that they theaten our privacy and our way of life? And with what we’re learning about Facebook and others, do we really [...]
  • Time to Abandon Self-Driving Cars?

    In Arizona, a pedestrian has been killed by a self-driving car. What went wrong? Was it the Uber system? Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash Disgraceful Dashcam Video Proves Uber Is the Theranos [...]
  • Four Key Dimensions of Scale: Insights from Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

    This article reviews key topics and insights from the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit held in Grapevine, Texas. Gartner names four key dimensions of scale that need to be mastered in order to accelerate analytical discovery. They are: trust, diversity, complexity and literacy. […]

  • The Hidden Possible

    We conclude our three-part series with a discussion of the Hidden Possible: possibilities both near and far that we haven’t thought of yet. We can generally only see the hidden possibilities through the rear-view mirror [...]