Category Archives: Space

Survival Limitations

It seems to me… “This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.” ~ T. S. Eliot (The Hollow Men). Everyone … Continue reading

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2017 – It Was A Year

It seems to me…. “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke[1]. Another year – 2017 – has now passed. When young, New Year’s was an excuse to party but … Continue reading

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Human-Level AI

It seems to me…. “By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it.” ~ Eliezer Yudkowsky[1]. Development of human-level artificial intelligence (AI) is inevitable: it is basic in human nature to … Continue reading

Posted in AI, AI, AI, Algorithm, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Automation, Bill Gates, Chessboard, Cortana, Cortana, Disease, Elon Musk, Employment, Exploration, Human-Level, Intelligence, Intelligent Entity, Pathogen, Poverty, Siri, Space, Stephen Hawking, technological singularity, Technology, Threats, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Agriculture Not What It Used To Be

It seems to me…. “Conventional agriculture has never succeeded in feeding the world, and it’s never produced anything good to eat. For the future, we need to look toward alternatives.” ~ Dan Barber[1]. The future of agriculture, specifically traditional farming, … Continue reading

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“Classical” Literature

It seems to me…. “Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.” ~ David Brin[1]. I’ve always enjoyed reading but never have adapted to … Continue reading

Posted in Aeschylus, Agamemnon, and Steel, Andy Weir, Arthur C. Clark, Ballet, Balzac, Beowulf, Boccaccio, Browning, Candide, Cervantes, Classics, College, College, Comedy of Errors, Computer Science, Computing, Dante, Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, E-Books, Education, English, English-101, Entertainment, Failure Is Not an Option, Fiction, Fiction, Flash Gordon, Gene Kranz, Germs, Gilbert & Sullivan, Greece, guns, Hamlet, High School, Hiking, Homer, Horace, Iliad, Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jared Diamond, Keats, Larry Niven, Literature, Lord of the Rings, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mars, Mathematics, Merchant of Venice, Milton, Nibelungenlied, Opera, Paradise Lost, Physics, Plato, Pope, Professor, Rape of the Lock, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Science, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Space, Space Flight, Spenser, Stage, Star Trek, Star Wars, Swift, Teachers, Tennyson, The Faerie Queene, The Martian, Tolkien, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Voltaire, Whitman, Wilderness, William Shakespeare | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Anthropocene Epoch

It seems to me…. “Imagine our descendants in the year 2200 or 2500. They might liken us to aliens who have treated the Earth as if it were a mere stopover for refueling, or even worse, characterize us as barbarians … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Anthropocene, Anthropocene Working Group, anthropogenic, AWG, Biosphere, Charles Darwin, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Conference, CO2, Cretaceous, Environment, Evolution, Extinction, Extinctions, Flora, Galaxy, Geology, Global Warming, Global Warming, Greece, Greeks, Hellenic, Holocene, International Commission on Stratigraphy, International Union of Geological Sciences, IUGS, Jurassic, Methane, Nicolaus Copernicus, Pleistocene, technosphere | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Outward

It seems to me…. “The United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space.” ~ John F. Kennedy[1]. The … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, Exploration, Exploration, Human, Humanity, John (Jack) F. Kennedy, Kennedy, Lunar Base, Mars, Moon, Space, Stars | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments