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Monthly Archives: June 2017

26 Jun 2017

Is Unconditional Income the Answer?

We require the exchange of money for the basic necessities of life like food and shelter. And second, we require the exchange of work in order to obtain money. The result of this pairing is that we systematically require the exchange of work to stay alive. So as long as everyone can exchange their labor for income, moral issues of involuntary servitude aside, everyone can then theoretically survive in a system where private property is established and enforced. However, there’s […]

23 Jun 2017

Has a 100 Year Old Physics Problem Been Solved?

Researchers recently challenged a fundamental law and discovered that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The potential solution to a 100 year old physics problem has implications in telecommunications. Working around the fundamental law, they conceived resonant and wave-guiding systems capable of storing energy over a prolonged period while keeping a broad bandwidth. Their trick was to create asymmetric resonant or wave-guiding systems using magnetic fields. The study, which has just been published in […]

21 Jun 2017

Is Creating a New Universe in a Laboratory a Joke?

There’s an established principle in quantum theory, that pairs of particles can spontaneously, momentarily pop out of empty space. Theoretical physicists have grappled for years with related questions as part of their considerations of how our own Universe began. In the 1980s, the cosmologist Alex Vilenkin at Tufts University in Massachusetts came up with a mechanism through which the laws of quantum mechanics could have generated an inflating universe from a state in which there was no time, no space […]

15 Jun 2017

Could Light Replace Electricity For Deep Learning

“Deep Learning” computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns from an accumulation of examples, have become a hot topic in computer science. In addition to enabling technologies such as face- and voice-recognition software, these systems could scour vast amounts of medical data to find patterns that could be useful diagnostically, or scan chemical formulas for possible new pharmaceuticals. But the computations these systems must carry out are highly complex and demanding, even for […]

12 Jun 2017

Will You Welcome Singularity When it Happens?

Some movies have the subtle effect of making one ponder: if a singularity happens would we personally welcome any artificial overlord ruling our lives and consciousness? What about you – will you welcome singularity? Most people working with AI on consumer services claim that the AI will not be our real problem, anyway. Give or take a few more years with streams of target parameters and it will handle the world’s most important decisions. A paradigm shift will happen eventually […]

10 Jun 2017

Could the Universe be a Giant Hologram?

For decades now, scientists have been investigating the possibility that our Universe is, or once was, a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require just two dimensions, but everything appears three-dimensional to us. It sounds far-fetched, but if true, it would actually solve some pretty hefty questions in physics, and recent research has dished up some tantalising evidence that suggests the hologram principle works just as well as the standard Big Bang model in explaining the early Universe. “…all […]

08 Jun 2017

Humanity’s Farthest Journey Was Voyager Worth It?

The Voyager 1 spacecraft – humanity’s farthest journey – was launched in September 1977 and flew by Jupiter and Saturn before continuing on toward interstellar space, where it now continues it’s relentless journey out into the cosmos. After nearly 4o years, amazing scientific data, and nearly 21 billion kilometers, was Voyager worth it? What Do You Think?      

07 Jun 2017

Can a Planet Be Alive?

Lynn Margulis, a giant of late 20th-century biology, who had an incandescent intellect that veered toward the unorthodox, thought so. She and chemist James Lovelock together theorized that life must be a planet-altering phenomenon and the distinction between the “living” and “nonliving” parts of Earth is not as clear-cut as we think. Can a Planet be alive? Many members of the scientific community dismissed their theory, called the Gaia hypothesis, as pseudoscience, and questioned their scientific integrity. But now Margulis […]

06 Jun 2017

Are Aliens Communicating With Neutrino Beams?

Are Aliens Communicating With Neutrino Beams ? It is no easy thing to search for signs of intelligent life beyond our solar system. In addition to the incredible distances involved and the fact that we really only have indirect methods at our disposal, there is also the small problem of not knowing exactly what to look for. If intelligent life does exist beyond our solar system, would they even communicate as we do, using radio transmitters and similar forms of […]

05 Jun 2017

Can We Win the War on Aging – Should We?

When considering the subject of the War on Aging, two things remains clear, up until now. We all grow old. We all die. For Aubrey de Grey, a biogerontologist and chief science officer of the SENS Research Foundation, accepting these truths is, well, not good enough. He decided in his late twenties (he’s currently 54) that he “wanted to make a difference to humanity” and that battling age was the best way to do it. His life’s work is now […]