Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

“Today, Britain enjoys a $17-billion [aerospace] industry that includes satellite companies and commercial space programs.”

February 23, 2017

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/james-ball-britain-in-space/

A nice article gives some historical perspective along with some interesting photos.

“WIRED: In your book you predict the emergence of two completely new religions. What are they? HARARI: [Techno-humanism and Dataism.]”

February 22, 2017

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/yuval-harari-tech-is-the-new-religion/

Excerpt:

Techno-humanism aims to amplify the power of humans, creating cyborgs and connecting humans to computers, but it still sees human interests and desires as the highest authority in the universe.

Dataism is a new ethical system that says, yes, humans were special and important because up until now they were the most sophisticated data processing system in the universe, but this is no longer the case. The tipping point is when you have an external algorithm that understands you—your feelings, emotions, choices, desires—better than you understand them yourself. That’s the point when there is the switch from amplifying humans to making them redundant.

“NOT far off the coast of Guam lies the deepest point on Earth’s surface, the Mariana trench. Its floor is 10,994 metres below sea level.”

February 21, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21716891-entrenched-nasty-chemicals-abound-what-was-thought-untouched-environment

“Austrian [ski resorts] have shelled out about €1bn on snowmaking over the past decade. “

February 18, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21716659-some-italian-ski-resorts-now-get-complete-coverage-snow-guns-snow-making-companies

“The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class”

February 13, 2017

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/ai-threat-isnt-skynet-end-middle-class/

Excerpt:

In the US, the number of manufacturing jobs peaked in 1979 and has steadily decreased ever since. At the same time, manufacturing has steadily increased, with the US now producing more goods than any other country but China. Machines aren’t just taking the place of humans on the assembly line. They’re doing a better job. And all this before the coming wave of AI upends so many other sectors of the economy…McAfee pointed to newly collected data that shows a sharp decline in middle class job creation since the 1980s. Now, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end.