A longtime fan of fantasy and sci-fi, I’ve recently delved into dystopian novels. In doing so, I finally read the classic Brave New World (1933) by prolific British novelist Aldous Huxley (1894-1963). Before I get to the problems I had with the book, I must say I read with great interest about the “utopia” with its planned economy, where people’s whole lives are determined before birth and people are designed to have no morals (besides the indoctrinated ones, which exist only for utilitarian reasons).
Origin, part of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series (includes Da VinciCode), had a much better science to social life ratio — something I appreciate — then almost any book I have read, and I’ve read stacks of sci-fi and science-based novels. Plus, and very important to me, the science in it all seemed realistic and plausible.
While Origin emphasizes science, it leaves lots of wiggle-room for spirituality by 1) disclaiming that it wouldn’t try to solve for “Time = 0” (right at or before the Big Bang) and 2) by answering in the most
literal sense…SPOILER ALERT
Donald do you want a solution for North Korea? Do the exact opposite of everything you and your predecessors have done so far. Stop saying “Unless you gut your defense industry we’ll launch a war of aggression and genocide on Koreans like we did on the Iraquies.” Instead, say:
Thinking about Trump today led me to thinking about elected dictators. The Yale professor who compared Donald Trump to a fascist dictator of the 1930s came close. I think if it weren’t for the balance and checks system in our government, I could see Donald turning America into a dictatorship. Trump’s always admired dictators and doesn’t hide aspirations. That doesn’t mean his aspirations can’t hurt our country.
Although energy cannot be created or destroyed, it is all the time converting into a useless form called “waste heat.” When Satoshi Nakamoto (the name used by the unknown person(s) who invented Bitcoin) created Bitcoin was Nakamoto expecting it to never take off as it did?
Or did he/she/they come to the conclusion that a cryptographically secure proof-of-work couldn’t be based on anything useful (such as Folding@home type work)? Regardless, shouldn’t Folding@home nodes or mine coins, use old CPUs and GPU’s (that otherwise clog landfills) but can provide energy to electrical heaters, instead of using giant resistors/coils/elements?
A longtime fan of science fi and a lifetime fan of science, I prefer my sci-fi heavy on the science, light on other elements and, of course, well written. I had yet to find a book as satisfying as Neuromancer, but the Hugo and Locus-winning TheDiamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, an archetypal, hard sci-fi written by Neal Stephenson is the best I’ve read since Gibson’s masterpiece. Continue reading “The Diamond Age: Book Review & Critique”
Although huge patches of uncovered space would exist in remote areas (where not other devices are in WiFi/Bluetooth range), nothing about mesh networking prohibits antennas. Those owning existing cell sites/base receiver stations (or who create new ones after the switch to mesh networking) would simply be automatically compensated (in the same way that people are already incentivized to contribute to other decentralized tech, such as miners in Bitcoin or computer notes in Etherium).