Morning Ed: SciFi {2017.11.14.T}

[SF1] Superhero origin story.

[SF2] Babblefish made real. This is a lot more important a development than a lot of things we consider to be important developments.

[SF3] USA! USA! Take that, Japan.

[SF4] This is how we lose everything. This was actually the plot of the Westworld movie (but not the TV show). The robots designed the robots, and so when they went berzerk nobody knew what to do because they were so removed from the process.

[SF5] But what happens if you go through the void? Alternate universes? Please tell me alternate universes.

[SF6] This will end in no tears.

[SF7] I can imagine a few ways this might go wrong.

[SF8] William Bradley tries to come to terms with the fact that Frank Miller’s politics are not to his liking and trying to like his work anyway. Must be hard.

[SF9] Either that or the programmers did a really, really good job.


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19 thoughts on “Morning Ed: SciFi {2017.11.14.T}

  1. SF2: The good news is that we invented a universal translator. The bad news is that you have to stick it up your nose.

    SF7: There has to be at least some robotic scientists and advocates that watched Terminator.

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  2. SF9: I don’t actually take claims that we’re living in a simulation seriously, but I see a couple of loopholes here:

    1. If this is a simulation, we have no idea what the external universe is like. It could (in fact, would pretty much have to be) be unimaginably more complex than this simulation. They do mention this at the end.

    2. Many of the same optimizations used in video games could be used in a universe simulation. At very large scales, the behavior of matter and energy follows relatively simple rules, but things get more complex the closer you look. Much as game designers use simple models for faraway objects and replace them with more complex objects as the player approaches, a universe designer could simulate details only when they’re being examined by some conscious entity. A solipsistic simulation would require only as much processing power as needed to provide sensory data for one mind.

    Basically they’ve proven that a universe cannot be fully simulated within itself, which is kind of a no-brainer.

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    • Brandon,
      You should look at more data compression theory. There’s quite a good argument that the only way our universe makes sense is if it is a simulation (Quantum Mechanics are Completely Bizarre, but if you run them as “we only simulate what we have to”, then it suddenly Clicks).

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  3. SF8- The sheer number of artists whose work I admire but politics I loathe would fill a book, along with spilling out on film. That is just life though and as adults, we accept that fact. We can either choose to disregard the art or realize that not everything in life works out in the symmetry that we would like and move on.

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  4. SF4 – Off-subject, if you’ve seen the movie Westworld, you know why I laughed all the way through Jurassic Park. An amusement park on an island goes awry when the high-tech creations (that we were supposed to be able to interact with safely) develop unexpected variations and start killing the guests, because mankind doesn’t understand the science behind them.

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  5. At around the same time Holy Terror was released, Miller also wrote a now-infamous blog post slamming the United States’s youth culture in general and Occupy Wall Street protesters in particular, writing:

    Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy. Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.

    And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently — must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh — out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle. In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft [sic].

    Go figure. A guy who writes comic books has the world view of a comic book. If only this were contained to comic book writers.

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  6. I’m a little impressed by the Senate GOP’s moxy. The tax cuts were struggling for popularity so lets add a whack at the ACA to the mix? Does this really make it more likely to pass?

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