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Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas and Inventions

Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas and Inventions
Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions ( 2420 Inventions Available) Didn't find what you were looking for? Want to Submit an Item? Comments? Corrections? Contact us! is devoted to the creative inventions, devices and technology of science fiction authors and movie makers. Science Fiction in the News Augmented Reality Ship's Bridge From Rolls Royce re: E.E. Artificial Blood From Factories re: Various (4/12/2014) Wrigley's Anti-Impotence Chewing Gum re: Philip K. Arcology Now Universal Constructor re: Bruce Sterling (4/10/2014) MisTable Fog Display Like SeaQuest DSV re: Rockne S. Full-Size Invisibility Cloak Now Possible re: Ray Cummings (4/8/2014) Bioengineered Muscle Grows In Mice re: William Gibson (4/7/2014) Self-Assembling Nanoparticles Move Like Tiny Gears re: Philip K. PredPol Predicting Crime As It Happens re: Philip K. UK Internet Filters Default To 'Family-Friendly' re: David Brin (4/4/2014) Dolphin Whistle Translator re: Larry Niven (4/1/2014)

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Black Rock City, Nevada 89412 - Google Maps!!! Did you know that Black Rock City actually has a post office? Burning Man IS a real city, not an Utopian place, and its zip code is 89412!!! If you look for it on Google Maps, you can even spot Black Rock City's location, but you have to zoom in and look very carefully to spot it.

The Anthropic Principle Has the universe developed for the express purpose of being observed and understood by intelligent beings, or is it just a lucky break for the intelligent beings that they exist at all? The Anthropic Principle was proposed in Poland in 1973, during a special two-week series of synopsia commemorating Copernicus’s 500th birthday. It was proposed by Brandon Carter, who, on Copernicus’s birthday, had the audacity to proclaim that humanity did indeed hold a special place in the Universe, an assertion that is the exact opposite of Copernicus’s now universally accepted theory. Carter was not, however, claiming that the Universe was our own personal playground, made specifically with humanity in mind. The version of the Anthropic Principle that he proposed that day, which is now referred to as the Weak Anthropic Principle (WAP) stated only that by our very existence as carbon-based intelligent creatures, we impose a sort of selection effect on the Universe.

Preparation Driving to Burning Man from the Wormy Apple... Travel Advice from taraball(at)earthlink(dot)net 2 girls alone on the highway, quenching of the unsatiated desire for fire Driving to Burning Man from the East Coast is a spiritual journey that I have participated in, with Samantha the Pantha, for the last two years.

Cosmic Jackpot Cosmic Jackpot, also published under the title The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?,[1] is a 2007 non-fiction book by physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, describing the idea of a fine-tuned Universe. The Enigma[edit] In Cosmic Jackpot, Davies argues that certain universal fundamental physical constants are precisely adjusted to make life in the Universe possible: that we have, in a sense, won a "cosmic jackpot," and that conditions are "just right" for life, as in the The Story of the Three Bears.

Is It A Book? A small History of the Book, or, how its Past relates to the Topic at Hand Some thoughts on Nonlinearity in Literature An Analysis of narrative in Comix, and the work of Alan Moore [new section, July 2005] Nonlinearity as it relates to Form and Function in the Book Arts The Mind of God The Mind of God is a 1992 non-fiction book by Paul Davies. Subtitled The Scientific Basis for a Rational World, it is a whirlwind tour and explanation of theories, both physical and metaphysical, regarding ultimate causes. Its title comes from a quotation from Stephen Hawking: "If we do discover a theory of would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would truly know the mind of God." In the preface, Davies explains that he has been interested in ultimate causes since childhood, having annoyed his parents with unending "why's" about everything, with each answer demanding another "why," and usually ending with the reply, "Because God made it that way, and that's that!" He concludes with a statement of his belief that, even though we may never attain a theory of everything, "the existence of mind in some organism on some planet in the universe is surely a fact of fundamental significance. Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness.

Literature i s i t a b o o k ? In which it is our Pleasure to provide some examples of Nonlinearity in the field known as Literature. "Poetry is indispensable -- if only I knew what for." Pattern survival versus gene survival I decided to write this article after I found that many colleagues and participants whom I spoke with at the recent Humanity+ (ref. R.A. Koene, 2010b) and Transvision (ref. Is It A Book? i s i t a b o o k ? In which the Future of the Printed Word is discussed, not without some temerity but Hopefully with a general sense of the Rational Order of Thought. "The original is unfaithful to the translation." - Jorge Luis Borges

Seeing the Future in Science Fiction Some of my earliest memories are of science fiction. Not of prose fiction, or of film, but of the cultural and industrial semiotics of the American nineteen-fifties: the interplanetarily themed chrome trim on my father’s Oldsmobile Rocket 88; the sturdy injection-molded styrene spacemen on the counter at Woolworth’s (their mode of manufacture more predictive than their subject, as it turned out); the gloriously baroque Atomic Disintegrator cap pistol (Etsy currently has one on offer, in “decent vintage” condition, for two hundred and fifty dollars); Chesley Bonestell’s moodily thrilling illustrations for Willy Ley’s book “The Conquest of Space.” They were all special to me, these things, and I remember my mother remarking on this to her friends. Not that I was very unusual in my obsession.

Is It A Book? i s i t a b o o k ? Games to Help you stray from the Straight and Narrrow. "Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?" - Steven Wright » Talmud and the Turing Test The Occasional Pamphlet Alan Turing, the patron saint of computer science, was born 100 years ago this week (June 23). I’ll be attending the Turing Centenary Conference at University of Cambridge this week, and am honored to be giving an invited talk on “The Utility of the Turing Test”. The Turing Test was Alan Turing’s proposal for an appropriate criterion to attribute intelligence (that is, capacity for thinking) to a machine: you verify through blinded interactions that the machine has verbal behavior indistinguishable from a person. In preparation for the talk, I’ve been looking at the early history of the premise behind the Turing Test, that language plays a special role in distinguishing thinking from nonthinking beings. I had thought it was an Enlightenment idea, that until the technological advances of the 16th and 17th centuries, especially clockwork mechanisms, the whole question of thinking machines would never have entertained substantive discussion. As I wrote earlier,

Decoration lessons learned from Burning Man Sacred Couch, by Nico Aguilera It's been almost a decade since I made my final pilgrimage to Burning Man, the week-long arts festival in the Nevada desert that kicks off next week… but when I look around my house, I feel like I can still see influences of the Playa on my home. See, part of the Burning Man experience is creating a little home for yourself out in the desert.