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7/16/2012 3:34:10 AM
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I know there's a technology forum, but most of this stuff is still science, and we are learning more and more about it.

What scientific advancement, technology, process are you really excited about and you think holds great potential?
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7/16/2012 3:40:41 AM
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At 7/16/2012 3:34:10 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I know there's a technology forum, but most of this stuff is still science, and we are learning more and more about it.

What scientific advancement, technology, process are you really excited about and you think holds great potential?

The Fool: Well as far as quantum science can't predict we can't make anything. Out of randomness. Because we don't know what will happen.

But look out for big advances in artificial intellegence, and even more advances in computer technology. We may even be able to have computers actually DO SCIENCE! at a ridculas rate. IF we can master a precise and computable scientific method. Our world can Change really reallly fast.
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7/16/2012 3:44:56 AM
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3D Printing

3D printing has already revolutionized several industries from toys to airlines, and that revolution is now about to come home. Along with all the clear economic and environmental benefits this technology will bring, it also presents some very challenging implications for how we look at shopping, security, health, and just about everything else.
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7/16/2012 3:54:05 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 3:44:56 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
3D Printing

3D printing has already revolutionized several industries from toys to airlines, and that revolution is now about to come home. Along with all the clear economic and environmental benefits this technology will bring, it also presents some very challenging implications for how we look at shopping, security, health, and just about everything else.




Everything I read about this just blows my mind. It's the closest thing to replicators we'll probably see in our lifetime.
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7/16/2012 7:08:31 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 3:44:56 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
3D Printing

3D printing has already revolutionized several industries from toys to airlines, and that revolution is now about to come home. Along with all the clear economic and environmental benefits this technology will bring, it also presents some very challenging implications for how we look at shopping, security, health, and just about everything else.




The Fool: They are not printers in the classical/original sense of the term. in that we print on something. They are using that term to give it the impression of a WOW factor, its simply sending the 3D information, as in any computer program, and reforming it in the form of matter in the the machine.

Print is a derivative of "impression". which is derived from Greek as in "pressing on wax tablets" to write, in which is to "imprint" as in literally press on the tablet. They are not simply pressing on something.
"The bud disappears when the blossom breaks through, and we might say that the former is refuted by the latter; in the same way when the fruit comes, the blossom may be explained to be a false form of the plant's existence, for the fruit appears as its true nature in place of the blossom. These stages are not merely differentiated; they supplant one another as being incompatible with one another." G. W. F. HEGEL
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7/16/2012 9:59:01 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 3:34:10 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I know there's a technology forum, but most of this stuff is still science, and we are learning more and more about it.

What scientific advancement, technology, process are you really excited about and you think holds great potential?

Everything.

Advances in medical science -- oh... man, awesome shiit is about to come out. Like, cybernetic limbs and much longer lifespans http://newyork.cbslocal.com... and manmade organisms and all this shiit. It's going to be crazy. I can't wait.

I've always wanted to live for a long time just to see how things change and witness it all. I mean, imagine living between like, 1890 and 1990?

Hooolllllyyyyy shiit, the things you've seen!

I mean... can you imagine?

That has fascinated me since I was a child. I was always a like, "I should try to live for a while, just to see it all."

And, right about here, things are about to get much iller. And, I'm going to just sit back at watch.

People are fascinating and ugly and beautiful; it's a great sight.
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7/16/2012 10:22:16 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 7:08:31 AM, The_Fool_on_the_hill wrote:
At 7/16/2012 3:44:56 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
3D Printing

3D printing has already revolutionized several industries from toys to airlines, and that revolution is now about to come home. Along with all the clear economic and environmental benefits this technology will bring, it also presents some very challenging implications for how we look at shopping, security, health, and just about everything else.




The Fool: They are not printers in the classical/original sense of the term. in that we print on something. They are using that term to give it the impression of a WOW factor, its simply sending the 3D information, as in any computer program, and reforming it in the form of matter in the the machine.

Print is a derivative of "impression". which is derived from Greek as in "pressing on wax tablets" to write, in which is to "imprint" as in literally press on the tablet. They are not simply pressing on something.

Your name is now The_Buzzkill_on_the_Hill.
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7/16/2012 10:35:17 AM
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At 7/16/2012 7:08:31 AM, The_Fool_on_the_hill wrote:
They are using that term to give it the impression of a WOW factor, its simply sending the 3D information, as in any computer program, and reforming it in the form of matter in the the machine.

Yeah man, it's only sending 3D information and reforming it in the form of matter in the machine. There's nothing "WOW" about that, it's not even an actual printer.

Lmao.
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7/16/2012 5:13:22 PM
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At 7/16/2012 10:22:16 AM, drafterman wrote:
At 7/16/2012 7:08:31 AM, The_Fool_on_the_hill wrote:
At 7/16/2012 3:44:56 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
3D Printing

3D printing has already revolutionized several industries from toys to airlines, and that revolution is now about to come home. Along with all the clear economic and environmental benefits this technology will bring, it also presents some very challenging implications for how we look at shopping, security, health, and just about everything else.




The Fool: They are not printers in the classical/original sense of the term. in that we print on something. They are using that term to give it the impression of a WOW factor, its simply sending the 3D information, as in any computer program, and reforming it in the form of matter in the the machine.

Print is a derivative of "impression". which is derived from Greek as in "pressing on wax tablets" to write, in which is to "imprint" as in literally press on the tablet. They are not simply pressing on something.

Your name is now The_Buzzkill_on_the_Hill.

The Fool: I know what was thinking that exaclty. "wow am I a buzz kill.!"
"The bud disappears when the blossom breaks through, and we might say that the former is refuted by the latter; in the same way when the fruit comes, the blossom may be explained to be a false form of the plant's existence, for the fruit appears as its true nature in place of the blossom. These stages are not merely differentiated; they supplant one another as being incompatible with one another." G. W. F. HEGEL
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7/16/2012 5:14:01 PM
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At 7/16/2012 10:35:17 AM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
At 7/16/2012 7:08:31 AM, The_Fool_on_the_hill wrote:
They are using that term to give it the impression of a WOW factor, its simply sending the 3D information, as in any computer program, and reforming it in the form of matter in the the machine.

Yeah man, it's only sending 3D information and reforming it in the form of matter in the machine. There's nothing "WOW" about that, it's not even an actual printer.

Lmao.

The Fool: lol
"The bud disappears when the blossom breaks through, and we might say that the former is refuted by the latter; in the same way when the fruit comes, the blossom may be explained to be a false form of the plant's existence, for the fruit appears as its true nature in place of the blossom. These stages are not merely differentiated; they supplant one another as being incompatible with one another." G. W. F. HEGEL
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7/16/2012 5:59:52 PM
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7/16/2012 11:43:34 PM
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At 7/16/2012 10:07:34 PM, Lasagna wrote:
I am waiting for a mechanized woman...

The Fool: arnt we all..lol
"The bud disappears when the blossom breaks through, and we might say that the former is refuted by the latter; in the same way when the fruit comes, the blossom may be explained to be a false form of the plant's existence, for the fruit appears as its true nature in place of the blossom. These stages are not merely differentiated; they supplant one another as being incompatible with one another." G. W. F. HEGEL
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7/16/2012 11:58:45 PM
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Ren and I are the only people who have contributed to this thread. If you aren't interested in science, technology, or progress GTFO.
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7/17/2012 2:36:10 AM
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At 7/17/2012 1:29:12 AM, Wnope wrote:
Phasers.

I always thought phasers were kind of retarded. Like, if I had a gun and you had a phaser, how much of an advantage would you really have? Any at all? And how are you supposed to power that sucker? We can't even keep a laptop going for more than a few hours and somehow we are going to power some weapon that unleashes massive amounts of energy into people? Even if we did find a power source this great it would likely be lethally radioactive or unstable. I find it hard to believe we will ever have powerful yet benignly functional hand-phasers in the Star Trek mold. I thought it was funny BTW in that Next Gen movie how he had to lure the borg onto the holodeck to kill them with tommyguns because the stupid phasers were useless.

On a more serious note, I'd say that I'm most excited about holography. We're not going to stop with Tupac, no sir, we will hopefully in a decade or two have video games which are based off of holographic technology so we can ditch the screens! After that the holoporn industry will be 50% of the GDP. And women will have to do what we want or else they get replaced with a hologram...
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7/17/2012 2:38:24 AM
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Immortality, or, at least, very very long lifespans. (through bioengineering or nanobots or whatever).
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7/17/2012 12:14:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 3:44:56 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Cool post! Everyone posted great technologies.

3D Printing
I totally dig this technology! It's mostly for prototyping things and preparing samples for injection molds etc; but it will eventually be a sort of "replicator" like in Star Trek. However, that type of "matter assembler" will not be around for a while. Bu in the mean time, we can certainly benefit from 3D printing!

Advances in medical science
It's great to see the human-machine interfacing that is possible today! It is so uplifting to see (no pun intended) the paralyzed able to walk or control things with their minds! There is sooooooooo much potential!

At 7/16/2012 10:22:16 AM, drafterman wrote:
Your name is now The_Buzzkill_on_the_Hill.
Lol!

At 7/16/2012 10:07:34 PM, Lasagna wrote:
I am waiting for a mechanized woman...
Hehehe! Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to just cut out the "middlewoman" and just "beam" (a la The Matrix) that "all-acquiescing" virtual lady right into your noggin? I think that will be around before a decent fem-bot will...or maybe not!

Oh, behave!

At 7/17/2012 1:29:12 AM, Wnope wrote:
Phasers.
Oh yeah! It's gonna be hard to convict murderers if the "evidence" is vaporized into thin air, though!

At 7/17/2012 2:36:10 AM, Lasagna wrote:
I always thought phasers were kind of retarded. Like, if I had a gun and you had a phaser, how much of an advantage would you really have? Any at all?
1) For starters, see above advantage.
2) It's a lot harder to dodge a phaser...not that it's that easy to dodge a bullet BUT if the phaser had a laser pointer attached, if you get lazed then you are EFFED!
3) You can set the phaser to different settings from stun to disintegrate.
4) A phaser doesn't need to strike you in specialized targeted areas on your body to make it effective.
And on, and on...

And how are you supposed to power that sucker? We can't even keep a laptop going for more than a few hours and somehow we are going to power some weapon that unleashes massive amounts of energy into people? Even if we did find a power source this great it would likely be lethally radioactive or unstable. I find it hard to believe we will ever have powerful yet benignly functional hand-phasers in the Star Trek mold.
That's the whole point: ie it would be nice to have the technology of a practical phaser. Strictly speaking, it's not impossible.

I thought it was funny BTW in that Next Gen movie how he had to lure the borg onto the holodeck to kill them with tommyguns because the stupid phasers were useless.
True, but if you are not expecting kinetic weapons...

On a more serious note, I'd say that I'm most excited about holography. We're not going to stop with Tupac, no sir, we will hopefully in a decade or two have video games which are based off of holographic technology so we can ditch the screens! After that the holoporn industry will be 50% of the GDP. And women will have to do what we want or else they get replaced with a hologram...
I agree, this is awesome! However, I think a lot of this will be replaced (or developed in parallel) with virtual reality a la The Matrix.

At 7/17/2012 2:38:24 AM, LaissezFaire wrote:
Immortality, or, at least, very very long lifespans. (through bioengineering or nanobots or whatever).
Yes!!!!! That way I can procrastinate with yet another aspect of my life: death!

**********************************

I love the multiplier technologies; stuff that advances many other technologies & concepts.

Nano-technology is one of those things that's going to help with other technologies across the board! Miniaturization, material sciences, batteries & electronics & photonics, bio sciences; so many things that will be leaped forward by this technology.

Quantum Computing, just like classical computing, will also have a multiplier effect on other technologies: cyber security, simulation/virtualization, sheer computing power, AI, research, etc.

Bio Engineering and genetics will help us lead healthier, longer, more productive lives. We will be able to find cures for many diseases and perhaps for the first time, finally cure a viral disease!

Super Conductors (high temperature) will allow us to further miniaturize, improve efficiency & capacity of all electromechanical and electronic devices (motors, solenoids, actuators, ICs, batteries, magnets, etc.) For magnets alone, it will allow for much improved & efficient mag-lev transportation, strage mediums (HDD, etc.). If the magnetic density and efficiency is improved enough, it will allow us to create fusion reactors that actually produce a net gain of energy (Tokamak, etc.)

The future awaits!
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7/18/2012 3:41:21 AM
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At 7/16/2012 7:08:31 AM, The_Fool_on_the_hill wrote:
The Fool: They are not printers in the classical/original sense of the term. in that we print on something. They are using that term to give it the impression of a WOW factor, its simply sending the 3D information, as in any computer program, and reforming it in the form of matter in the the machine.

Print is a derivative of "impression". which is derived from Greek as in "pressing on wax tablets" to write, in which is to "imprint" as in literally press on the tablet. They are not simply pressing on something.

they are just as much printers as the kind that lay down ink on a page. they basically do the same thing... lay down a thin layer of some plastic resin.. but then move vertically and lay down another layer on top of that... and another on top of that... etc... until you get a 3D structure.

personally i am really excited about the possibility of growing organs in a dish and then being able to implant them into a living person... it would solve so many problems. (cancer of the x? just grow a new x...). not sure how far off that is though. also, i read recently that the idea of using bacteriophages to treat bacterial infections is coming back in vogue... treating bacterial infections with viruses... it doesn't get much cooler than that.
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7/18/2012 6:59:38 AM
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At 7/17/2012 12:14:51 PM, tBoonePickens wrote:
I love the multiplier technologies; stuff that advances many other technologies & concepts.

Nano-technology is one of those things that's going to help with other technologies across the board! Miniaturization, material sciences, batteries & electronics & photonics, bio sciences; so many things that will be leaped forward by this technology.

Quantum Computing, just like classical computing, will also have a multiplier effect on other technologies: cyber security, simulation/virtualization, sheer computing power, AI, research, etc.

Bio Engineering and genetics will help us lead healthier, longer, more productive lives. We will be able to find cures for many diseases and perhaps for the first time, finally cure a viral disease!

Super Conductors (high temperature) will allow us to further miniaturize, improve efficiency & capacity of all electromechanical and electronic devices (motors, solenoids, actuators, ICs, batteries, magnets, etc.) For magnets alone, it will allow for much improved & efficient mag-lev transportation, strage mediums (HDD, etc.). If the magnetic density and efficiency is improved enough, it will allow us to create fusion reactors that actually produce a net gain of energy (Tokamak, etc.)

The future awaits!

The confluence of those and other technologies as they increase exponentially will be interesting to watch and understand. Wake up, it's time for science!
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7/18/2012 6:13:16 PM
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At 7/16/2012 10:35:17 AM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
At 7/16/2012 7:08:31 AM, The_Fool_on_the_hill wrote:
They are using that term to give it the impression of a WOW factor, its simply sending the 3D information, as in any computer program, and reforming it in the form of matter in the the machine.

Yeah man, it's only sending 3D information and reforming it in the form of matter in the machine. There's nothing "WOW" about that, it's not even an actual printer.

Lmao.

Lmfao, right?!
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7/20/2012 10:23:52 PM
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At 7/16/2012 11:58:45 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Ren and I are the only people who have contributed to this thread. If you aren't interested in science, technology, or progress GTFO.

The more technology advances the less relevant you become. They will make a machine one day to replace you and what you do. Isn't the ultimate piece of technology to make a machine that can do everything you can do? It will be better because it wont call in sick, ask for raises, and have a crap attitude and make no mistakes. I have had my fill of technology.
It's not your views that divide us, it's what you think my views should be that divides us.

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7/22/2012 6:19:20 PM
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At 7/17/2012 12:14:51 PM, tBoonePickens wrote:
At 7/16/2012 3:44:56 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Cool post! Everyone posted great technologies.

3D Printing
I totally dig this technology! It's mostly for prototyping things and preparing samples for injection molds etc; but it will eventually be a sort of "replicator" like in Star Trek. However, that type of "matter assembler" will not be around for a while. Bu in the mean time, we can certainly benefit from 3D printing!

Advances in medical science
It's great to see the human-machine interfacing that is possible today! It is so uplifting to see (no pun intended) the paralyzed able to walk or control things with their minds! There is sooooooooo much potential!

At 7/16/2012 10:22:16 AM, drafterman wrote:
Your name is now The_Buzzkill_on_the_Hill.
Lol!

At 7/16/2012 10:07:34 PM, Lasagna wrote:
I am waiting for a mechanized woman...
Hehehe! Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to just cut out the "middlewoman" and just "beam" (a la The Matrix)

We know who you are.

that "all-acquiescing" virtual lady right into your noggin? I think that will be around before a decent fem-bot will...or maybe not!

Oh, behave!

At 7/17/2012 1:29:12 AM, Wnope wrote:
Phasers.
Oh yeah! It's gonna be hard to convict murderers if the "evidence" is vaporized into thin air, though!

At 7/17/2012 2:36:10 AM, Lasagna wrote:
I always thought phasers were kind of retarded. Like, if I had a gun and you had a phaser, how much of an advantage would you really have? Any at all?
1) For starters, see above advantage.
2) It's a lot harder to dodge a phaser...not that it's that easy to dodge a bullet BUT if the phaser had a laser pointer attached, if you get lazed then you are EFFED!
3) You can set the phaser to different settings from stun to disintegrate.
4) A phaser doesn't need to strike you in specialized targeted areas on your body to make it effective.
And on, and on...

And how are you supposed to power that sucker? We can't even keep a laptop going for more than a few hours and somehow we are going to power some weapon that unleashes massive amounts of energy into people? Even if we did find a power source this great it would likely be lethally radioactive or unstable. I find it hard to believe we will ever have powerful yet benignly functional hand-phasers in the Star Trek mold.
That's the whole point: ie it would be nice to have the technology of a practical phaser. Strictly speaking, it's not impossible.

I thought it was funny BTW in that Next Gen movie how he had to lure the borg onto the holodeck to kill them with tommyguns because the stupid phasers were useless.
True, but if you are not expecting kinetic weapons...

On a more serious note, I'd say that I'm most excited about holography. We're not going to stop with Tupac, no sir, we will hopefully in a decade or two have video games which are based off of holographic technology so we can ditch the screens! After that the holoporn industry will be 50% of the GDP. And women will have to do what we want or else they get replaced with a hologram...
I agree, this is awesome! However, I think a lot of this will be replaced (or developed in parallel) with virtual reality a la The Matrix.

We know who you are.


At 7/17/2012 2:38:24 AM, LaissezFaire wrote:
Immortality, or, at least, very very long lifespans. (through bioengineering or nanobots or whatever).
Yes!!!!! That way I can procrastinate with yet another aspect of my life: death!

**********************************

I love the multiplier technologies; stuff that advances many other technologies & concepts.

Nano-technology is one of those things that's going to help with other technologies across the board! Miniaturization, material sciences, batteries & electronics & photonics, bio sciences; so many things that will be leaped forward by this technology.

Quantum Computing, just like classical computing, will also have a multiplier effect on other technologies: cyber security, simulation/virtualization, sheer computing power, AI, research, etc.

Bio Engineering and genetics will help us lead healthier, longer, more productive lives. We will be able to find cures for many diseases and perhaps for the first time, finally cure a viral disease!

Super Conductors (high temperature) will allow us to further miniaturize, improve efficiency & capacity of all electromechanical and electronic devices (motors, solenoids, actuators, ICs, batteries, magnets, etc.) For magnets alone, it will allow for much improved & efficient mag-lev transportation, strage mediums (HDD, etc.). If the magnetic density and efficiency is improved enough, it will allow us to create fusion reactors that actually produce a net gain of energy (Tokamak, etc.)

The future awaits!

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: ugly people should beat beautiful people ugly. simple! you'd be killing two birds with the one stone... women like violent men and you're making yourself more attractive, relatively. i met a blonde dude who was prettier than me not so long ago. he's not so pretty now! ha!
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7/22/2012 6:31:34 PM
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Terraforming, Warp/Wormhole/Hyper Drive, Cryostasis, Portable Nuclear Reactors, Orbital Solar, Space Colonies, Affordable Spaceflight, Sentience Raising Genetic Engineering, Cure All [Done via Gene Therapy/Nanites], Functional Genetic Change Procedures [Trangenders could be functionally the opposite gender, people could be real furries, superpowers, etc . . .], Directed Nuclear Weapons [Direct the energy from a nuclear detonation with powerful Electromagnetic Fields], and more.
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: At 12/6/2011 2:21:41 PM, badger wrote:
: ugly people should beat beautiful people ugly. simple! you'd be killing two birds with the one stone... women like violent men and you're making yourself more attractive, relatively. i met a blonde dude who was prettier than me not so long ago. he's not so pretty now! ha!
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: ...and well, he wasn't really prettier than me. he just had nice hair.
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8/8/2012 10:25:43 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Glad you asked. The prospect of automatic driving cars is exciting. Google has been pushing the technology, and Nevada has a procedure for licensing automated vehicles for operation on public highways. They are running around now.

The vehicles go to their destination without human assistance. This is important for people who can't drive, especially due to handicaps. It would greatly facilitate handicapped people living in rural areas. The present limitations on public transportation are the fixed routes and fixed stopping points.

It would allow people to do other things on long trips. You could sleep and wake up at your destination in a distant city. Commute time could be spent productively, typing in debates.

In cities, cars could be automatically interleaved at intersections so there is no need for stop lights. The car could be sent to park at some relatively distant location, and then summoned when needed.

Drunks and drug users could be carried home safely.

Since prototypes are now operating successfully, the technology may be sold to the public relatively soon. Maybe high value applications like trucks and buses will be first. It is all computers and sensors, so prices should become reasonable quickly.
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8/16/2012 8:26:51 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I really think better MRI scanners and CAT scanners excite me the most. The better they get, the better we will be able to diagnose.
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That was real intellectual property theft. They used her idea for their own profit and fame. When I pirate, I am usually downloading textbooks that I cannot afford to purchase on my own and that I do not want my parents to spend money on.
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8/17/2012 12:35:09 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 3:34:10 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I know there's a technology forum, but most of this stuff is still science, and we are learning more and more about it.

What scientific advancement, technology, process are you really excited about and you think holds great potential?

Solar panels and how that technology is causing values to plummet.
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8/17/2012 12:38:59 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 10:07:34 PM, Lasagna wrote:
I am waiting for a mechanized woman...

Ironic I chose this avatar lol
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8/17/2012 12:42:57 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/8/2012 10:25:43 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
Glad you asked. The prospect of automatic driving cars is exciting. Google has been pushing the technology, and Nevada has a procedure for licensing automated vehicles for operation on public highways. They are running around now.

The vehicles go to their destination without human assistance. This is important for people who can't drive, especially due to handicaps. It would greatly facilitate handicapped people living in rural areas. The present limitations on public transportation are the fixed routes and fixed stopping points.

It would allow people to do other things on long trips. You could sleep and wake up at your destination in a distant city. Commute time could be spent productively, typing in debates.

You sly dog you

In cities, cars could be automatically interleaved at intersections so there is no need for stop lights. The car could be sent to park at some relatively distant location, and then summoned when needed.

Drunks and drug users could be carried home safely.

Since I am both, this would help me out a great deal.

Since prototypes are now operating successfully, the technology may be sold to the public relatively soon. Maybe high value applications like trucks and buses will be first. It is all computers and sensors, so prices should become reasonable quickly.

The question is obviously "how often do errors occur?" It seems that the more technology progresses, the more errors tend to seep in due to complexity. For instance, a computer quirk would not cause you to lose your files, it would cause you to lose your life. And don't even get me started about hackers!
Beliefs in a nutshell:
- The Ends never justify the Means.
- Objectivity is secondary to subjectivity.
- The War on Drugs is the worst policy in the U.S.
- Most people worship technology as a religion.
- Computers will never become sentient.