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The Last Question

The Last Question
The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way: Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. As well as any human beings could, they knew what lay behind the cold, clicking, flashing face -- miles and miles of face -- of that giant computer. They had at least a vague notion of the general plan of relays and circuits that had long since grown past the point where any single human could possibly have a firm grasp of the whole. Multivac was self-adjusting and self-correcting. For decades, Multivac had helped design the ships and plot the trajectories that enabled man to reach the Moon, Mars, and Venus, but past that, Earth's poor resources could not support the ships. The energy of the sun was stored, converted, and utilized directly on a planet-wide scale. "Sure you are. Related:  Short Stories Online for FreeBooks/Reading

The Tachypomp and other stories - Edward Page Mitchell The Tachypompand other storiesbyEdward Page Mitchell These stories by Edward Page Mitchell originally appeared anonymously in The Sun, a New York daily newspaper. They were reprinted in a much larger collection, The Crystal Man, edited by Sam Moskowitz, Doubleday 1973. To the best of my knowledge and belief all copyright in these stories, including editorial copyright, has now expired. They were not illustrated. To Contents THE TACHYPOMPA Mathematical DemonstrationBy Edward Page Mitchell(January 1874) There was nothing mysterious about Professor Surd's dislike for me. So affairs went on swimmingly between the Professor of Mathematics and the junior Class at Polyp University. But I was a disturbing element, a perplexing unknown quantity, which had somehow crept into the work, and which seriously threatened to impair the accuracy of his calculations. For Furnace Second were no invitations to Professor Surd's house. This, unfortunately enough, was no trifling deprivation. Comfortable! "Good!

How To Make Friends in Your 20s: The 15 Types of New Friends You'll Make After College The minute you graduate college is the very moment your social life inevitably tanks. You go from effortlessly surrounding yourself with people you love 24/7 to most likely moving back in with your parents in a town you now find totally alienating and barren. Or, perhaps you luck out and find an awesome job in a city… only to move there and realize you know no one except that one girl who was in your AP English class in high-school. For the first time ever, you don’t belong to any institution that fosters lifelong friendships. Elementary school, high-school, and college all encouraged socialization; that’s what those terrible ice-breakers and orientations were for. Worst of all, in our 20s, the friends we do have seem to keep scatter like pool balls. So, where to find new friends? your Coworkers you mostly only hang out with while drinking Your coworkers’ friends you can’t remember the names of They meet up with you guys a few hours in, and now you’ve met them too many times to ask.

The Egg Author's Note: The Egg is also available in the following languages: The Egg By: Andy Weir You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. And that’s when you met me. “What… what happened?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. “There was a… a truck and it was skidding…” “Yup,” I said. “I… I died?” “Yup. You looked around. “More or less,” I said. “Are you god?” “Yup,” I replied. “My kids… my wife,” you said. “What about them?” “Will they be all right?” “That’s what I like to see,” I said. You looked at me with fascination. “Don’t worry,” I said. “Oh,” you said. “Neither,” I said. “Ah,” you said. “All religions are right in their own way,” I said. You followed along as we strode through the void. “Nowhere in particular,” I said. “So what’s the point, then?” “Not so!” I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “How many times have I been reincarnated, then?” “Oh lots. “Wait, what?” “Well, I guess technically. “Sure. “Wait.

Global TEDGlobal 2012 on the TED Blog Monday June 25 Tuesday June 26 Wednesday June 27 Thursday June 28 Friday June 29 When it comes to time, there is the past, the present and the future. View article » An epidemic hidden in plain view Mararet Heffernan begins her TEDGlobal talk by telling us a story: In Oxford in ... Amy Cuddy must be proud: Clay Shirky walks on stage and promptly strikes a power pose. Where some people saw a social network too far, Daria Musk saw an opportunity. Architecture writer Andrew Blum has always focused on the physical landscape: our cities, our buildings, the places in which we ... More coverage on the TED Blog »

Death and the Hobbyist - Lightspeed Magazine It wasn’t enough for my mother Juliet to be crazy. Of course not. She was always going to find a uniquely inconvenient way to drive us mad along with her. That she was a bit odd escaped no one’s notice. After Dad died she steadily worsened. The first time it occurred to me that she had a problem, she was still in the old house in Texas and I was working in Zambia. “I wish you wouldn’t use that thing,” she said. “What thing?” “That terrible machine. I remember not being terribly surprised. “It’s okay, Mom. “But you look so old,” she told me. No one likes being called old. Now, I’m not going to argue the merits of her case, because its logic . . . well, there was no logic. Much later, she explained the mechanism to me. She believed that this lost time was added to us while we were in transit. Look at you, she told me once, you should be a young woman of twenty. I looked forty because I was forty. Juliet’s huge heart was untouched by her illness. Juliet was sick but she wasn’t stupid.

What is MAT? | Muscle Activation Techniques MAT™ is a technique that helps athletes recover from competitive stress quickly and help them prevent future injuries. MAT™ prepares the body to be more efficient in training and athletic performance. In order to reach optimal performance capabilities, an athlete is forced to train at high intensity levels. The goal of MAT™ is to address the weakness before an injury occurs. MAT™ not only helps to prevent injuries, but it can also assist a rehabilitation process. “The benefit of MAT™ is that the changes can be immediate” says Greg Roskopf, the founder and developer of MAT.

Robert Lanza, M.D.: Why Are You Here? A New Theory May Hold the Missing Piece Why do you happen to be alive on this lush little planet with its warm sun and coconut trees? And at just the right time in the history of the universe? The surface of the molten earth has cooled, but it's not too cold. Biocentrism, a new theory of everything, provides the missing piece. Cosmologists propose that the universe was until recently a lifeless collection of particles bouncing against each other. How did inert, random bits of carbon ever morph into that Japanese guy who always wins the hot-dog-eating contest? In short, attempts to explain the nature of the universe, its origins, and what's really going on require an understanding of how the observer, our presence, plays a role. But our luck didn't stop with the laws, forces, and constants of the universe. Our special luck continues in the present time. It's a fascinating story to tell children, but claiming that it's all a "dumb" accident is no more helpful than saying "God did it."

G20 Influencers Meat I’m honored that this often shows up on the internet. Here’s the correct version, as published in Omni, 1990. "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. "There's no doubt about it. "That's impossible. "They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. "So who made the machines? "They made the machines. "That's ridiculous. "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. "Maybe they're like the orfolei. "Nope. "Spare me. "Nope. "No brain?" "Oh, there's a brain all right. "So ... what does the thinking?" "You're not understanding, are you? "Thinking meat! "Yes, thinking meat! "Omigod. "Thank you. "Omigod. "First it wants to talk to us. "We're supposed to talk to meat." "That's the idea. "They actually do talk, then. "I thought you just told me they used radio." "They do, but what do you think is on the radio? "Omigod. "Officially or unofficially?" "Both." "I was hoping you would say that." "It seems harsh, but there is a limit. "I agree one hundred percent. "Just one. "That's it."

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