Well, that is a bit sensational of a title. Nevertheless, the New York Times has this intriguing article about the current state of AI, and the fact that a few computer scientist are getting a little jittery about it. It seems that over the past 5 to 8 years, the state of AI has greatly improved, and will continue to improve over the next few decades–perhaps to the point that AIs eventually out-smart us, their creators. While I do not subscribe to the worst-case-scenario group, I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in this subject to read Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near.
Now, watch this video and imagine one chasing you down as you attempt to claw your way out of the burned-out rubble of what had been city. Enjoy!
Personally, I welcome our evil robot overlord!
There is some big new from Comic Con about the new Tron movie — Tron: Legacy. From the previews, it looks like it may be pretty good. And if not good, well, at least it will be nostalgic for those of us who grew up ooohhhing and ahhhhing the original Tron movie. Plus Bruce Boxleitner will be reprising his role! Check it out.
This page has some fantastic steampunk images, and links to the original art’s own portfolio. This page is definitely worth a look for any steampunk enthusiast.
Today, July 20th, 2009, is the 40th anniversary of humankind’s first landing on the moon — a momentous achievement to be sure, and in my opinion the greatest in all of human history.
There’s a lot of news coverage for the event, of course, so this post is mainly to direct you to a few of the most interesting articles I have come across. Enjoy!
National Geographic’s article on Apollo 11 (National Geographic)
Apollo Astronauts talk about future mission (Washington Post).
Aldrin and Collins talk about Mars (The Register)
An article on some of the TV coverage (New York Times)
Human Spaceflight: The Next 40 Years (Space.com)
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the greatest achievement in human history (the Apollo 11 lunar landing), I’d like to direct your viewing attention to the oh-so nostalgic gallery of Robert McCall’s space art for NASA. I remember growing up with these pictures, and others like them, dreaming of what life would be like in the 21st century. Oh well. Perhaps the 22nd century?
Well, the SciFi channel has finally done it. They’ve changed their name from the logical SciFi Channel to the utterly silly (not to mention mentally deficient) SyFy Channel. Of course, with BattleStar Galactica and Stargate gone, it’s not really sci-fi any more anyway (although maybe Stargate Universe will be something). Still, it’s sad to see the SciFi channel do this.
In protest, I say we henseforth refer to the SyFy Channel with the pronunciation of “Sef-ee”. That’s “Sef” followed by “eeee”. Sef-eeee. Got it? Good. Also, if you are so inclined, you may call it the “syphilis channel” since syfy is basically syphilis (or diseased) in some Eastern European languages (or so I hear).
Ladies and gents, the evil genius Jake of all Trades has done it again. Unveiling his plans for total world domination, he has contrived a monsterfully masterful marvel of infernal engineering. This latest creation of his has been aptly dubbed the Damnation (in honor of the new PS3 game of the same name). Its brass and wood shell house an Intel i7 965 PC with a Dual Radeon cards, 1 TB hard drive, and an obscene 12 GB of RAM. Gadzooks! While it is sadly not powered by a double-reciprocating locomotive steam engine, it never-the-less looks the part in all its steampunkish glory. Behold!
But since you probably won’t be able to get it, Jake has provided these kind YouTube vidoes to highlight its construction. Perhaps you can build it yourself (and if you accidently make 2, please send me one).
For a few months now, Microsoft and Asus have been running a FUD campaign against Linux. It’s not a big campaign by any measure, but just enough to be annoying (in much the same way that a yapping chihuahua is annoying). Ironically, until now Asus has been a big supporter of Linux on their low-cost Eee PCs.
Officially, Asus points to a large number of returns, complaints, and customer confusion with regards to the Eee PCs they sold with Linux installed. That may well be true. After all, I can see how the average Joe might be confused by such a elegant and easy to use interface as the GNOME or KDE desktop on a system which already comes with a full gambit of office, graphics, email, IM, and internet applications pre-installed, when they are more used to interacting with a clunky, bloated, disorganized operating system like Windows on to which they must painstakingly load all their expensive (or pirated) proprietary software. Of course, that’s just me being sarcastic.
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Starting today, you may notice a somewhat new look-and-feel for the Mythania web site.
It’s ArcAttack! I love these guys (saw them at DragonCon 08, and wow, that was an electrifying experience to say the least). They use Tesla coils to create music, ‘nuf said.
Here is a fantastic video by ArcAttack of a Tesla Coil playing the “Imperial March” Star Wars song — while zapping one of the ArcAttack guys (and no that’s not chain mail he’s in, its a wearable Faraday cage which is pretty fantastic). There is a short lead in time showing some preparation, but the action starts soon enough.
For more on ArcAttack, visit their website! Evil geniuses… I mean… artistic geniuses like this need your support!