I like the idea of the future. The future has cool gadgets! Gadgets and thingees! How could I think the future will pay off and no take the F out of SF? How could I get a job writing about the science to come? Heck, I could become a futurist.
Mega projects carry massive price tags. In the case of the local sewage scheme, they spent over $42-million with nothing to show for it. What if we’re looking looking for mega- but micro- is the solution that does us the most good?
Our ability to make fire and control the darkness is what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. But pushing back the darkness is an expensive prospect. There are some cool things out there to banish the darkness.
In 1970, Paul Ehrlich, a population biologist at Stanford, predicted that by 1999 the US population would be decimated to 22 million people living on 2400 calories a day. We're obsessed with doom. What if we're not on the cusp of ultimate disaster? What if we're really close to an excellent future?
"Two Wrongs Never Make A Right." -- how many times did you hear that as a kid? What if that dubious adage is getting in the way of the right solution? Here are three problems that can create solutions.
What's going on at St. Ann's Academy? Creatively United: a combination of arts, business and community to showcase talented individuals, groups, businesses and green leaders in a festive way.
Currency grew out of the need to make goods and services portable. You didn’t need to carry the side of beef from the farm around with you to pay for debts, you sold it to the butcher who gave you some silver and let you walk away with currency. Gold and silver are comparatively rare, so attaching scarcity and value to the minerals meant that you abstract the value of items but keep it consistent.
I have been ruminating on the Singularity for some time. Rudy Rucker's PostSingular was a great story about an omniscient network that anyone can tie into at any time. I think that the Singularity is more than just about information. It's about transforming us into supermen. But to transform us into supermen, the current human race is going to have become extinct. If Verner Vinge's math is right, the Singularity will come into swing during my daughter's adult life, maybe after she's started a family.