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Building A Multi-Ton Power Loader For Fun

Exoskeletons, power suits, and iron suits in science fiction have served as the inspiration for many engineers and engineering projects over the years. This is certainly the case at [Hacksmith Industries], where Hackaday alum [James Hobson] has been building a massive mechanical exoskeleton since January 2019, inspired by the P-5000 Power Loader from the Alien movies. (Video, embedded below.)
Unlike the movie version, the [Hacksmith] power loader is not bipedal but built on top of…

https://hackaday.com/2021/10/06/building-a-multi-ton-power-loader-for-fun/…

Laptop Gets Fixed by Simply Removing Problem Component

We wouldn’t go so far as to say “don’t try this at home”, but the way [Troy] brought an expensive (but out of warranty) laptop back to life is interesting, even if it shouldn’t be anyone’s Plan A for repair work.

It started with a friend’s Alienware laptop that would only boot to a black screen and get very hot in the process. With the help of a thermal imaging camera and some schematics, [Troy] was able to see that one of the closely-spaced MOSFETs in the power supply appeared to be the culprit. Swapping the power MOSFETs out with replacements seemed a reasonable approach, so armed with a hot air rework station he got to work.


Two by Stanisław Lem: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow – The Wall Street Journal

The Polish Parliament has declared 2021 the “Stanisław Lem Year.” Its slogan, “I’ve seen the future,” might aptly apply to many science-fiction writers. But the visions of Stanisław Lem (1921-2006) are still unknown to most American readers.

You will, however, most certainly have been exposed to his ideas, trickled down through other media, much like the work of the similarly influential Philip K. Dick. Closest to hand may be the 2002 film “Solaris,” starring George Clooney and based on Lem’s 1961 novel of the same name. It’s about an alien world whose ocean is a single conscious entity humans utterly fail to understand.


Patrick Rowan’s Skywatch: Minimizing risks of artificial intelligence – masslive.com

What would you say if I told you that an armada of highly advanced alien craft was en-route to Earth from some mysterious distant world, with an estimated arrival time in the next century — perhaps in as little as 20 years. Would you start worrying?

Would you grow frustrated with the lack of answers to questions like: Could we hold the aliens off, or appeal to them to keep our best interests at heart?

The truth is, we know of no such armada, notwithstanding the current interest in UAPs (UFOs). Humanity faces a similar scenario, but the aliens will be created by us right here on Earth.


When the Robot Discovers Nature — Sci-Fi Saturday

“Genesis” (2020) at DUST May 2, 2021 Constantin Kormann(4:00 min, animated)

Our protagonist lands on a foreign planet, finds an alien artifact and travels back into a time, where the planet was covered by a lush forest.

Review: The “protagonist” is actually a dog robot who finds itself trapped in a time warp. The big question would, of course, be — why go back to techno-civilization, especially if you are just a dog anyway? Cute.

But what happens when the battery runs out?

Curiously, we think we should make robots like the animals we know. Think of Boston Dynamics’s controversial police “dogs.”


What Space Object ‘Oumuamua Says About How Science Works

The subtitle of Matthew Bothwell’s wrap-up on ‘Oumuamua is most informative: An alien-made artefact or just interstellar debris? What ʻOumuamua says about how science works when data is scarce.

At least one astronomer, Harvard’s Avi Loeb, insisted that ‘Oumuamua must be an “extraterrestrial light sail.” And few suggested that that couldn’t possibly be true.

Right. What do we do when we are not sure? Bothwell, author of the forthcoming Invisible Universe, offers some thoughts. W all imagine ET in our own image:

Victorians of the late 19th century, living in the era of ambitious engineering, looked at Mars and saw globe-spanning canals – evidence, they believed, of a grand industrial civilisation mirroring their own.


New ideas on what makes a planet habitable could reshape the search for life

When considering where to look for extraterrestrial life, astronomers have mostly stuck with what’s familiar. The best candidates for habitable planets are considered the ones most like Earth: small, rocky, with breathable atmospheres and a clement amount of warmth from their stars.

But as more planets outside the solar system have been discovered, astronomers have debated the usefulness of this definition (SN: 10/4/19). Some planets in the so-called habitable zone, where temperatures are right for liquid water, are probably not good for life at all. Others outside that designated area might be perfectly comfortable.

Now, two studies propose revising the concept of “habitable zone” to account for more of the planets that astronomers may encounter in the cosmos.


Volcanic eruptions may have spurred first 'whiffs' of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere

A new analysis of 2.5-billion-year-old rocks from Australia finds that volcanic eruptions may have stimulated population surges of marine microorganisms, creating the first puffs of oxygen into the atmosphere. This would change existing stories of Earth’s early atmosphere, which assumed that most changes in the early atmosphere were controlled by geologic or chemical processes.

Though focused on Earth’s early history, the research also has implications for extraterrestrial life and even climate change. The study led by the University of Washington, the University of Michigan and other institutions was published in August in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Veteran Science Writer Says We Won’t Meet Intelligent Aliens

“It does not matter if intelligent life exists elsewhere. We will never find each other,” says veteran science writer Alex Berezow.

He’s not saying they are not out there. He is throwing cold water on our chances of contacting them.

Some things, he admits, have changed:

Thanks to advances in astrophysics, we now know that there are billions of exoplanets in the Milky Way alone, leading most of the scientific community to conclude that life probably does exist elsewhere in the universe. Those who do not believe so are now considered the kooks. And while alien abductions are still not in the mainstream, UFOs are — so much so that the U.S.


Data Analyst Offers 15 Reasons Extraterrestrials Aren’t Seen

Data analyst Yung Lin Ma offers fifteen reasons, including some new to us. He begins by observing,

There are about 1 billion stars that can produce an environment similar to the Earth. The environment of the earth does not necessarily have life, and this ratio is lower than 1 in 10,000. The reasoning is that at least in our galaxy, there should be 100,000 civilizations. Then why haven’t we seen even any single one civilization?

Yung Lin Ma, “15 Reasons Why We Can’t See Aliens” at Medium (July 14, 2020)

So, it’s an active question.

Of his fifteen reasons, here are three:



Exoplanets in 2,034 star-systems get cosmic front-row seat to see Earth

Scientists at Cornell University and the American Museum of Natural History have identified 2,034 nearby star-systems — within the small cosmic distance of 326 light-years — that could find Earth merely by watching our pale blue dot cross our sun.

That’s 1,715 star-systems that could have spotted Earth since human civilization blossomed about 5,000 years ago, and 319 more star-systems that will be added over the next 5,000 years.

Exoplanets around these nearby stars have a cosmic front-row seat to see if Earth holds life, the scientists said in research published June 23 in Nature.

“From the exoplanets’ point-of-view, we are the aliens,” said Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy and director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute, in the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Neocon Agenda to Militarize Space with Robbie Martin

In this episode, Whitney and Robbie Martin of Media Roots discuss how the recent heavy promotion of UFOs by the military and intelligence communities masks a decades-old neoconservative agenda to militarize outer space as a way to indefinitely secure American military hegemony. Originally published June 12, 2021 on Rokfin.com

Continue reading: https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/06/podcasts/the-neocon-agenda-to-militarize-space-with-robbie-martin/

Source: unlimitedhangout.com

Comodidad, Seguridad y Mediocridad

La búsqueda de la comodidad y de la seguridad te hacen conservador. Estas actitudes configuran sociedades mediocres. Y por lo tanto con tendencia a empobrecerse.

La mayor parte de la gente son mediocres en lo que hacen por una razón. Juegan con reglas diseñadas para ‘capar’ el rendimiento óptimo. Escalan por escaleras tradicionales y sistemas diseñados para frenarles, y mantenerles en la media.

Pero desde hace ya algunos años la situación es incluso más desfavorable. En estos momentos seguir las reglas del sistema implica estar cada vez más alienado y esclavizado por cualquiera de sus manifestaciones: contenidos, deuda, comida procesada, ocio, etc.… Read more...

El Viejo más Rico del Mundo

El tiempo es la clave: cuando te mueres o enfermas no te llevas el dinero contigo: el dinero sólo lo tienes durante un periodo limitado de tiempo.

El tiempo es el recurso escaso. Los que más tiempo tienen siempre son los jóvenes. Un jóven tiene más riqueza que el viejo más rico del mundo, y esto no es poesía, es realidad.

En esta cultura oímos a burócratas y a viejos billonarios como si fueran santos de hace siglos. Y mantenemos a los jóvenes sin una buena educación y sin trabajo. Drogados con imágenes alienantes y materialistas de cómo deben ser sus vidas.… Read more...

Curious About Consciousness? Ask the Self-Aware Machines – Quanta Magazine

“I want to meet, in my lifetime, an alien species,” said Hod Lipson, a roboticist who runs the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University. “I want to meet something that is intelligent and not human.” But instead of waiting for such beings to arrive, Lipson wants to build them himself — in the form of self-aware machines.

To that end, Lipson openly confronts a slippery concept — consciousness — that often feels verboten among his colleagues. “We used to refer to consciousness as ‘the C-word’ in robotics and AI circles, because we’re not allowed to touch that topic,” he said.