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Cannibalism March 23rd, 2010

I’ve always said that one of the great and terrifying things about the internet is that it allows all of the niche people to find each other. This means chat rooms and message boards that 99% of the population can’t relate to, and online stores where you can buy pretty much anything. Cannibalism, for one ...

Are people digital or analog? March 19th, 2010

So I was watching the latest episode of Caprica, which features a digitized person trapped inside of a computer chip. The computer scientists were talking about why they were unable to make a copy of the chip, and the reason that they come up with is that the chip encodes something analog instead of ...

Will Google Fiber really help? March 12th, 2010

If you’re the sort of person who reads this blog, you probably know that Duluth is in the running to become a test city for Google’s proposed ultrahighspeed bandwidth test. At first, I really liked the idea of living in a city with 1 gigabit connection speed, aside from the fact that Google has ...

Free Will March 05th, 2010

So free will doesn’t exist; it’s just a convincing illusion. Here’s why. Scientists have been writing down sets of rules to describe the workings of the universe for as long as there have been scientists. These rules help us extrapolate what will happen next in a given situation, and if those extrapolations turn out ...

Political Ideology and Free Will March 05th, 2010

So the more I think about it, the more I think that one of the basic differences between liberals and conservatives is a belief in free will. (Disclaimer: liberal and conservative are two labels which don’t really map properly as a spectrum of belief, but I’ll be talking about two general viewpoints on a ...

Digital Natives March 02nd, 2010

So there’s this theory that people of my generation have some huge advantage with technology because we were born into it; the buzzword is “digital native”. The idea is that because we were exposed to digital technology while growing up, our brains have been wired differently, our neural networks better able to respond to ...

The Future of Narcissism March 02nd, 2010

Alright, so my old friend Travis necroed a note I had posted on Facebook some four years ago about the disposability of content in the modern age. Because it was short, here’s the entire thing note reposted: Most people don’t realize this, but we live in what used to be called the future. Don’t believe me? ...

Exploiting Multiple Universe Time Travel February 01st, 2010

Let’s say you’re in a nondescript room with a box that can move things backwards in time. Every hour, on the hour, it moves whatever is in it to fifteen minutes ago, but offset by a few meters so that in ends up in a different box (the boxes are labeled). You have ...

The Wierd Inversions of Singularity Fiction January 26th, 2010

Alright, first a definition of terms: the Singularity is sort of the Geekpocalypse. Only instead of dying, or going to heaven, we all become super intelligent and transcend into almost unimaginable beings of immense power. Supposedly, this will happen because of a large number of advances in technology – brain uploading, artificial intelligence, ...

The Future Will Be Customized January 12th, 2010

The archaic model of production was artisan based. If you wanted shoes, you went to a cobbler, who would take measurements of your feet, and a few days later you would come back to pick up your order. If you were poor, you would buy shoes secondhand, or just go barefoot. The old model ...

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