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What happens when your artificial intelligence goes criminal on you? (video).

October 29, 2021 | By | Reply More
What happens when your artificial intelligence goes criminal on you? (video).

In this 30-minute long science documentary, Isaac Arthur asks the question, what happens when your artificial intelligence goes criminal on you? Just how bad and sneaky would a criminal A.I. be? And what happens if human criminals start using A.I.s to augment their thick little skulls. Nothing good, I suspect.

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Reefer Madness? Blue Origin announced a massive new commercial space station, the Orbital Reef (science news).

October 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Reefer Madness? Blue Origin announced a massive new commercial space station, the Orbital Reef (science news).

Blue Origin and Sierra Space have just announced Orbital Reef, a new and rather large commercially owned and operated low-Earth-orbit space station. Collaborators in this venture include Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University. Orbital Reef will let 3rd parties build their own address in orbit, allowing new enterprises to get into […]

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The Science In Science Fiction by Robert W. Bly (book review).

October 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Science In Science Fiction by Robert W. Bly (book review).

Sometimes you can learn more about a book by its sub-title. With Robert Bly’s book, ‘The Science In Science Fiction’, its ‘83 SF Predictions That Became Scientific Reality’. It also had James Gunn as consulting editor although not explaining just how much he contributed. As I already have a database in firsts in Science Fiction […]

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What might real aliens look like? (science video)

October 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
What might real aliens look like? (science video)

In this hour-long science video, Dr. Arik Kershenbaum chats with the Event Horizon crew about what we know aliens might look like, based on our own evidence for life on Earth.

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Complete Guide To Absolutely Everything (Abridged) by Dr. Adam Rutherford & Dr. Hannah Fry (book review).

October 7, 2021 | By | Reply More
Complete Guide To Absolutely Everything (Abridged) by Dr. Adam Rutherford & Dr. Hannah Fry (book review).

You do have to wonder how much the book ‘Complete Guide To Absolutely Everything (Abridged)’ is actually abridged and appears not to identify scientific laws. When the examples of size-changing is looked at, they should have identified the Square-Cube Law where the larger the creature, the cross-section also increases in size and making it harder […]

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Beware the alien technosignatures: they may destroy Earth (science video).

September 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
Beware the alien technosignatures: they may destroy Earth (science video).

Is it possible that data from an alien intellect may be deadly to us? Caleb Scharf joins John Michael Godier to talk about the dataome, which is how our data, as well as data from other sentient civilisations, is alive.

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Your Galactic Credits are of no use on this planet: a post-scarcity civilisation (science video)

September 28, 2021 | By | Reply More
Your Galactic Credits are of no use on this planet: a post-scarcity civilisation (science video)

Many people fantasise about a future with enough of money, or a future where currency is obsolete, a rich post-scarcity culture, but is such a future possible? What would life be like in a society without money? 

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The Fermi Paradox: are those pesky aliens hiding? (science video)

September 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Fermi Paradox: are those pesky aliens hiding? (science video)

Alien civilisations seem to be absent from the Universe, but might they simply be hiding, and if so, how would they do so? Isaac Arthur investigates this throny issues in a new forty-minute-long documentary. 

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Impulse drive from Star Trek being built for real (science news).

September 21, 2021 | By | Reply More
Impulse drive from Star Trek being built for real (science news).

Although space may be the last frontier, humans can only travel so far on rocket fuel. Luckily for us, a pair of scientists are now working on a technology that might one day make Star Trek‘s “impulse engine” a reality. Those poor engines cannae take any more, captain.

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When megastructures die (science documentary).

September 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
When megastructures die (science documentary).

Most stellar-scale megastructure ideas are based on the idea of harnessing the energy of a sun-like star while also providing gravity and other features that would appeal to a sophisticated civilization. Future megastructures may vary in scale from cities to whole galaxies, and they must be constructed to endure harm and time. But how is […]

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