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Machines in control: the dark side of utopia (science video).

January 18, 2021 | By | Reply More
Machines in control: the dark side of utopia (science video).

Isaac Arthur examines how artificial intelligence may help bring about a Post-Scarcity Utopia, assuming the robots don’t take over, instead. And we also dream of futures that involve Post-Scarcity Utopias (Iain M. Banks’ Culture) … but its dark reflection is the Post-Discontent society, one where through deception or brainwashing, people do not even know how they […]

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Nuking our way to Mars (science video).

January 17, 2021 | By | Reply More
Nuking our way to Mars (science video).

There are more than a couple of ways to nuke our passage to Mars. There’s the old Project Orion method of just chucking atomic bombs out of the back of your starship, detonating them against a pusher plate, and riding the shockwave to the planet of your choice. But there’s also a more refined way […]

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Cyro-sleep and society (science video).

January 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
Cyro-sleep and society (science video).

Isaac Arthur is back with a look at the thorny topic of suspended animation, aka cryo-sleep, and brings us a 30-minute-long Isaac Arthur look at how cryonic freezing offers a pathway to reap future medical technologies today, by preserving someone for future restoration. But, just what would the impact of this technology be on civilisation?

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Avi Loeb, Harvard Professor of Astrophysics, on why the Oumuamua visitor was an alien light-sail craft (video).

January 14, 2021 | By | Reply More
Avi Loeb, Harvard Professor of Astrophysics, on why the Oumuamua visitor was an alien light-sail craft (video).

Avi Loeb, Harvard Professor of Astrophysics, on why the Oumuamua visitor was more likely than not to have been a light-sail powered piece of alien tech – either a probe, or just a relay in a comms network – as well as why humanity and Earth really aren’t special; why our Sun is a relative […]

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Meet your friendly elder-race? (science video).

January 7, 2021 | By | Reply More
Meet your friendly elder-race? (science video).

The fella with his fingers on the pulse of science and futurism, Isaac Arthur, is back to take a look at that staple of science fiction, the elder race. Heck, even Stephen Hunt’s Sliding Void space opera novels has an elder race (the Heezy). But in reality, our universe is billions of years older than […]

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society begs incompetent Conservative government to let the small ships sail to rescue COVID vaccine delivery (science news).

January 6, 2021 | By | 1 Reply More
Royal Pharmaceutical Society begs incompetent Conservative government to let the small ships sail to rescue COVID vaccine delivery (science news).

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has released an unprecedented statement begging the incompetent British Conservative government to let the small ships sail to rescue Covid vaccine delivery, rather than allowing the centralised over-bureaucratic mess of Public Health England and the NHS to botch things up again, a la their inferior ‘Test and Trace’ programme fiasco. So […]

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Easy tips for building a Dyson Sphere: and humanity spotting alien life among the stars (video).

January 4, 2021 | By | Reply More
Easy tips for building a Dyson Sphere: and humanity spotting alien life among the stars (video).

In this science video, the man with a brain the size of a planet, Joe Scott, investigates tools and techniques for building a Dyson Sphere – basically an artificial inverted planet manufactured by a sentient race around a star which can suck up the entire power output of the sun. Looking for these incredible artefacts […]

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The future of humanity will be odder than you can imagine (science video).

January 1, 2021 | By | Reply More
The future of humanity will be odder than you can imagine (science video).

The future of humanity will be stranger than you can possibly imagine, reckon Isaac Arthur and John Michael Godlier as they yack about such topics as immortality via life extension, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and UFOs and the Fermi paradox.

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The super-plane without wings that never was (science video).

December 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
The super-plane without wings that never was (science video).

Somewhere, there’s an alternative reality where the super-plane without wings became the dominant form of air-combat vehicle. The Coléoptère (beetle in French) was a viable VTOL aircraft designed in the 1950s. The main body functioned as a ramjet engine able to propel the aircraft at supersonic speeds, for an atomic-bomber interceptor role. In our slice of […]

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How many alien civilisations exist in our galaxy? (science video)

December 24, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
How many alien civilisations exist in our galaxy? (science video)

Let’s take deep dive into the Drake equation, otherwise known as the probabilistic formula used to estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in our Milky Way galaxy. Luckily, our man with a brain the size of a planet, Lex Fridman, is on hand to run us through the equation and his take on […]

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