Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Singularity ... redux


Crystal Logic ... via Gemeni & R.E. 2024

Now we have it. The word's out. ASI, aka Artificial Super Intelligence,
is coming whether we like it or not. We are not ready for this. 

To whit.

Vinge's right. 2029/30's a viable time frame for AGI to make its presence known. ASI will rise soon after as it's a just a degree of intelligence above AGI as AGI's programming infrastructure will already be in place, able to make ASI a reality sooner rather than later because tech never sleeps, ever.


Focus Point - 2020

Monday, May 06, 2024

Escape from ...



Snake Plissken lives! Great cast, terrific action and awesome script, the Escape from New York crew  gets into it when NYC becomes the ultimate max prison colony for the ages, complete with the central  plot of getting the president  (Donald Pleasance) out of dodge from a city that's truly lost it's way. The reason for this segue centers on the fact Agent Orange could yet again become president, a notion both terrifying and extraordinary considering just how insane and corrupt this man truly is. With this in mind, an escape from America may be in the cards as quite frankly, the survival of democracy comes into play if The Donald succeeds in becoming POTUS yet again.


Canada's looking better all the time ...

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Knowing all the answers ...

Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito

Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

When looking at this picture of Roberts and Alito, one gets the notion these guys think they know all the answers regarding women's rights or in granting immunity to the presidency without questioning why the divine right of kings should not apply as America's not a monarchy but rather a republic where the president is elected, not selected by the powers at be.

To whit.

This week, the Supreme Court managed to fail to meet the already extremely low expectations most sane people already had for it. First, during the Idaho EMTALA case on whether hospitals receiving federal funding can refuse to provide abortions to women who are actively dying as a result of a pregnancy, we heard debate over which, and how many, organs a woman had to lose before an abortion becomes legally acceptable. By all appearances, it looks as though the court is going to gut the already laughably weak “life of the mother” protections by a 5-4 vote.

It followed up this abysmal performance with hearing the Trump immunity case the next day, and the comportment of the same five male, conservative justices was even worse. When Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked Donald Trump’s lawyer, “If the president decides that his rival is a corrupt person, and he orders the military or orders someone to assassinate him, is that within his official acts for which he can get immunity?”, he replied, “It would depend on the hypothetical, but we can see that would well be an official act.” 

Based on that one line of questioning, Trump’s argument should be going down in flames 9-0. A democracy cannot survive when its supreme leader can arbitrarily decide that it’s in the nation’s best interest to rub out his opponents, and then leave it to some future court to decide whether it was an official act, because he’ll get away with it as long as there aren’t 67 votes in the Senate to impeach. And given that it will have been established that the president can put out a contract on political foes, how many senators are going to vote to impeach?


Monday, April 22, 2024

From 4 to 7 ...


In Interstellar, Cooper experiences the magic of the tesseract, the Blender clip, seen above, shows what happens when one goes beyond the five dimensional space (4d + time) of the baseline hypercube, aka the tesseract. Seen below is the explanation of how this amazing sequence, scientifically accurate to a fault and profound to the max, was actually done. 





The tesseract sequence beckons. :)

Thursday, April 18, 2024

It's not all bad :)


It's not all bad :)

In reading this quote from yet again, Catch 22, remembrances of long ago rush in to fill my mind of days long gone, cherished in many ways yet often not, something I bet rings true for anybody reading this amazing passage from one of the truly great books written by Joseph Heller.


The essence of real

"It was miraculous ...



The orange one, you know, the hollow man millions follow without reservation, is a reality not thought possible to exist until now. With that said, Joseph Heller's Catch 22, a treasure for the ages, captures the essence of The Donald both astonishing and profound like the book this incredible writer authored back in the day.



Wednesday, April 17, 2024

You can live forever ... if ...

By firing a pulse of light at a semi-transparent/semi-reflective thin medium, researchers can measure the time it must take for these photons to tunnel through the barrier to the other side. Although the step of tunneling itself may be instantaneous, the traveling particles are still limited by the speed of light. By taking high-speed images of this light pulse, we can construct a movie that appears continuous. 
Credit: J. Liang, L. Zhu & L.V. Wang, 2018, Light: Science & Applications

You can live forever ... if you're a photon. :)

In the expanding Universe, for billions upon billions of years, the photon seems to be one of the very few particles that has an apparently infinite lifetime. Photons are the quanta that compose light, and in the absence of any other interactions that force them to change their properties, are eternally stable, with no hint that they would transmute into any other particle. But how well do we know this to be true, and what evidence can we point to in order to determine their stability? It's a fascinating question that pushes us right to the limits of what we can scientifically observe and measure.

One of the most enduring ideas in all the Universe is that everything that exists now will someday see its existence come to an end. The stars, galaxies, and even the black holes that occupy the space in our Universe will all some day burn out, fade away, and otherwise decay, leaving what we think of as a “heat death” state: where no more energy can possibly be extracted, in any way, from a uniform, maximum entropy, equilibrium state. But, perhaps, there are exceptions to this general rule, and that some things will truly live on forever.

Light may be emitted at a particular wavelength, but the expansion of the Universe will stretch it as it travels. Light emitted in the ultraviolet will be shifted all the way into the infrared when considering a galaxy whose light arrives from 13+ billion years ago. The more the expansion of the Universe accelerates, the greater the light from distant objects will be redshifted and the fainter it will appear.

It gets better.

Through the vacuum of space, all light, regardless of wavelength or energy, travels at the same speed: the speed of light in a vacuum. When we observe light from a distant star, we are observing light that has already completed that journey from the source to the observer.

The big fundamental ...

Even at its very end, no matter how far into the future we go, the Universe will always continue to produce radiation, ensuring that it will never reach absolute zero, that it will always contain photons, and that even at the lowest energies it will ever reach, there ought to be nothing else for the photon to decay or transition into. Although the energy density of the Universe will continue to drop as the Universe expands, and the energy inherent to any individual photon will continue to drop as time ticks onward and onward into the future, there will never be anything “more fundamental” that they transition into.

And so it begins ...