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  1. I wonder if you couldn't fire prograde in orbit of a binary black hole, and time it to get the exhaust to push you at the 45 degree X intersection of the figure 8 orbit, since the ship would be moving so much faster in the same direction. EDIT: I think not. Exhaust moving slower than you in the same direction wouldn't help accelerate you. Damn you, Newton. Foiled my boostrap acceleration device.
  2. This is hands down my favorite post in this entire KSP forum.
  3. I imagine the last state of human society will be one where big brother works in tandem with ultra-transparency. I imagine that, while camera's and Siri will remove any real privacy for the people, our future leaders will also have a 24/7 dash-cam and everything they do will be scrutinized as harshly and unfairly as the rest of us. I imagine Star Wars would have ended a lot differently if Palpatine had a camera on him at all times.
  4. Back to the frightening future of AI - I think one thing that a lot of futurists miss is that there's never only one of anything. If there's an AI that's doing deep fakes and hurting humanity, there will invariably be an AI that lives to counteract it. Much like the Ecosystem - once one organism exists, another will appear to smite it. There's a natural checks and balances at play with this sort of thing. And besides: once we've become completely inundated with fake news and deep fakes, and everything that can be real can also be fake, the only thing that will change is our willingness
  5. One thing science fiction stories have against them from the start, is that technology is made to solve problems, and good stories have problems that are hard to solve. Let's face it: By 2400 we'll probably have thought to thought communication and complete augmented reality. Your friend from Spain will think a joke at you in real time. There will probably be some sort of system in place to filter and weed out fake news, and whatever body sensors you're wearing will not only forewarn you about any growing issues to your body (I.E. "Your blood sugar is getting high. Don't eat that next Ritz
  6. Surely you don't suggest that this will still be an obstacle to overcome in 500 years? The human brain relies significantly on the configuration of neurons, axons, and dendrites. Just because we haven't replicated it doesn't mean it's impossible. There's also no evidence to suggest that alternative methods of logic and reason-driven processing are impossible.
  7. If a mechanized workforce can allow for a labor-free society, even without post-scarcity, then the meritocracy grinds to a halt. If people don't work because the robots took the jobs, then there needs to be a way for society to determine how assets/goods are distributed. What form of capitalism will a labor-free (or non-compulsory labor) society adapt? I'm not smart enough to answer that, but it's a good question. Edit: The same applies to when only the biggest, largest corporation can produce any sort of complex good, and 99.99% of the community is unable to compete, and therefore cannot e
  8. (Edit: I went through a phase where I was writing my own sci fi and your threads really stoke my creative side. Keep it up, brother! These thought games are excellent.) The current processing design used for modern computers, if history is any indication, will not be the same design used by computers two centuries from now. Everything changes, and I think the problem, Dragon, is "when" not "if" some college project or research team will invent a completely new and fundamentally different processing design that bridges the gap between modern computing and human computing and can learn and re
  9. Alright so, again let me clarify that I'm not an expert. That said, it's been my observation that computers are very good at monkey see monkey do. There will come a point where computers will be used to create screenplay, will write books, and will create paintings and furniture based only on examples. In fact, there have been examples of all of the above. For instance, there's a webpage you can go to where you can draw a sketch and a computer will finish the painting for you. There are websites where a computer will write a story for you based on your own concepts. Moving forward - especia
  10. I am not an expert in any of the discussed fields, That stated, in my uneducated opinion, I can see a mechanized workforce becoming the norm - especially in response to the fragility of service based economies as a whole. You already have automated checkout scanners, automated phone lines, automatic trains. We're working on automated cars and buses and planes.There will come a time, probably in our life-times, when any occupation you can think of can be done better by a machine; up to and including public office. Where does that leave us? Better off, I hope. As for large militaries usi
  11. Clone. But what if whenever you died they used your physical remains to rebuild you? Used your brain as the material to rebuild it with the same roadmap, etc... Would THAT person be you, or a clone?
  12. I can't refute your points because everything you said was spot on! I mean, sure, if billions of people get the "immortality" surgery and we somehow survive to see post-scarcity, one or two of those billions and billions of people might avoid being run over by a self driving car or disease or murder - at least long enough to see if the Earth really sinks into the Sun or not. Surviving the several googol years until protons decay is far fetched, I concede. Death by boredom has no cure I bet.
  13. I disagree for one reason: They'll live long enough to see technology advance their livespan further. . Liver goes bad? 3d print a new one. Brain decays? Smart-cells repair all that rusting. Of course they'll live long enough to where their lifespan is a question mark. There's no reason to believe any part of us is not replaceable.
  14. You're right, but I never said anything to the contrary...
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