"Our personal window on the Universe is terribly small within a stunnng range of wavelengths. With our eyes we see wavelengths between 0.00004 and 0.00008 of a centimeter (where, not so oddly, the Sun and stars emit most of their energy). The human visual spectrum from violet to red is but one octave on an imaginary electromagnetic piano with a keyboard hundreds of kilometers long."
James Kaler, astronomer and author of "Heavens Gate: From Killer Stars to the Seeds of Life, How We are Connected to the Universe."
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"It seems plausible that with technology we can, in the fairly near future create (or become) creatures who surpass humans in every intellectual and creative dimension. Events beyond such an event -- such a singularity -- are as unimaginable to us as opera is to a flatworm."
Vernor Vinge -SciFi great
The Singularity is an apocalyptic idea originally proposed by John von Neumann, one of the inventors of digital computation, and elucidated by figures such as Ray Kurzweil and scifi great Vernor Vinge.
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Following up on Apple's announcement of the iPad CEO Steve Jobs met with employees at Town Hall at One Infinite Loop Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters, for a rip raoring Q & A session. One Infinite Loop, Apple's street address, is a programming in-joke — it refers to a routine that never ends.
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If we should pick up signals
from alien civilizations, Stephen Hawking, our century's Einstein, warns: "we should have be wary of
answering back, until we have evolved" a bit further. Meeting a more
advanced civilization, at our present stage,' Hawking says "might be a
bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus. I don't
think they were better off for it."
Mankind has always been driven by
contradictory drives. The relentless curiosity that pushes us forward
and is directly responsible for our progress from caves to cities.
The fear of change that tells us "hang on, these caves/cities are
really nice, we don't want to risk losing them." There isn't any
greater potential threat to the status quo than the discovery of
extraterrestrial life, which is why some people would prefer we didn't
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Artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence after 2020, predicts Vernor Vinge, a world-renowned pioneer in AI, who has warned about the risks and opportunities that an electronic super-intelligence would offer to mankind.
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Freak weather conditions and/or abnormal weather patterns have been reported in several parts of the world during recent months. One of the most glaring is a freakish build-up of sea ice in some major northern Chinese ports, the volume exceeding, it says, anything experienced in more than 30 years.
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Google's CEO Eric Schmidt rarely comments publicly on the competition, especially Apple, where he served until recently as a board director. When asked directly today about the iPad, though, he couldn't resist a a well-placed zinger .Schmidt was fielding questions from reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland when he asked "Whats the difference between a tablet and a large phone?" (referring of course to Apple's iPhone).
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A Daily Galaxy post, The Importance of Being Forgetful,
featured the built-in neural process of forgetting, which discussed why
the average human brain is equipped with the ability to filter through
seemingly irrelevant details. While the average person may not have
vast memory resources, it appears to be an evolutionary trade-off that
allows the majority of us to focus on the most relevant facts.
some of the most incredible minds on Earth lack this ability to filter
irrelevant facts, or perhaps it is more accurate to say that to a
savant, the irrelevant IS relevant, and incredibly so. Somehow their
brains are able to store and access incredible loads of information,
even perceiving and relating to this information in an entirely
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Was the Moon formed after the impact of a massive object with the Earth, or as a new theory suggests, by a natural nuclear explosion in the Earth's mantle?
The problem with the impact hypothesis is that simulations calculate the Moon should be composed of 80% impactor and 20% Earth, whereas in fact the isotope ratios of light and heavy elements found in Moon rocks so far examined are virtually identical to those on Earth.
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