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  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The key factor in or barrier to moving toward a 'creative' economy that is supported by a universal minimum income scheme is that there is no mechanism for creating wealth out of/via the stock exchanges. That is, there's no room...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Looping back to universal minimum income ... Daniel H. Pink is the author of best-selling hot-topic management books including motivation, whole-brain, right-brain thinking, etc. In this video he quotes some research results obtained by economists at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Unfamiliar with that webcomic ... from the Wikipedia entry, I'd probably enjoy the weird but have considerable trouble with the violent bits....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    The House on Haunted Hill - classic Vincent Price film Lots of potential using a house/architecture as a character or a spell. Who says spells must be uttered or written -- they could be built just like potions are mixed....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Format wars: whenever there are multiple technologies, there's often a new player who steps in and makes even more money by offering some type of 'universal adapter'/conversion. I think that thanks to computers, the general public is less likely to...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    There's also nothing to stop us from using nanobots as programmable moveable lenses or whatever to optimize solar energy capture and distribution. The article referenced below has nanobots performing much more complex tasks. "Scientists have inserted DNA-based nanobots into a...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I'm optimistic that PV is a sensible route even in temperate zones thanks to work as described in a recent article on ScienceDaily ... "Micro-machining could be used to create almost flat, Fresnel lenses, that boost the electrical efficiency of...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    Has anyone calculated what the U.K. vs. U.S. per-capita costs to rebuild post-WW2 were? All things considered, the U.K. has spent a considerable proportion of its budget on the military. Do you really think the U.S. would want anyone, including...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    The US ICANN hand-over is not going to help things States-side either ......
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    FYI - as per Forbes: "The majority of new fortunes from emerging Europe, which are mostly from Russia and Turkey, are first generation. ... One outstanding example of a new billionaire who made his fortune independently is Russia’s Arkady Volozh,...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    Did the U.S.A. actually pay the full amount of the Alaska Purchase Price because if even one penny was not paid, then Alaska is still part of Russia. (Who's got the paperwork, cancelled checks, etc.?) Tag-lines for the campaign ......
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    This also looks very interesting plus they're looking for investors and want to do some 'trials' ... the key idea here is the 'flow' ... Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy Date: January 8, 2014 Source: Harvard...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    ScienceDaily covers a research across disciplines - here's a recent article on batteries: (March 16 2014) A battery that 'breathes' could power next-gen electric vehicles "Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won't take you farther...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Haven't been near Detroit in a very long time and have heard only horror tales from friends having to travel there/through there. Based on this, seems that Detroit might be an ideal city to mount a social experiment ... after...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Organizational Behavior courses study span of control theories/practices and one of the most interesting cases (IMO) is Magna International. Its founder decided at the outset to limit each 'company's' size to 100 employees because he felt that no company CEO/president/GM...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    "If the solution has an unspoken requirement that a specific individual has to be able to understand it ("control"), ..." Would change this to 'perceived control': the gizmo does what you expect it to do. Most users/consumers strongly prefer not...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    To reduce inflated housing values yet keep a city alive and livable you'd need some sort of control over the turn-over rate, i.e., a maximum % of housing units of type could be sold within a particular calendar/fiscal year, otherwise...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Evidence-based psycho-social change/policy is where I think we're heading and need to sort out. Basically admit that the individuals in the human race come in all sorts of different types*, get good estimates of what each type is likely to...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Read most but not all of the above ... Agree with a universal minimum personal income... .. cheaper than institutionalizing people who are 'forced' into making poor choices because they've been put into a corner -- do this or starve....
  • Commented on I'm back
    People lie for different reasons/circumstances and consequences. The polite lie ... 'it's delicious' is relatively harmless. A Googleglass 'lie-detector' app could have a small good/positive impact on society in that only poor liars would get caught. This is still good...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Interesting - thanks! Yes ... to me, that machines are better able to discriminate suggests a relationship between the viewer/judge's 'personality' and their ability to lie-detect....
  • Commented on I'm back
    ... a many-states-of-being/mind detector....
  • Commented on I'm back
    "Imagine having your glass -- and thereby your entire lifelog -- pwned by looking at the wrong person's face ..." Or, include an ap to analyze facial expressions (emotions) and/or read body temperature changes and you have an instant lie...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Wow! Based on the range of costumes/characters ... English-language SF literary agents should be hard at work getting their authors' key works (best sellers) translated into Polish. Also cover art featuring main characters with emphasis on some sort of 'signature'...
  • Commented on I'm back
    For some reason, I would expect the Poznan SF convention to skew toward 'hard SF' versus fantasy. When you get a chance, would enjoy learning what topics/sub-genres are the most popular and/or controversial over there....
  • Commented on Implications
    Pretty interesting aliens you've come up with ... Have you ever tried to figure out how evolution might come up with a flame-breathing critter? The general idea seems that controlling fire is fundamental to developing technology ... but if that...
  • Commented on Implications
    So all/most of our oxygen came from meteors/ice comets? If so, then to find other 'advanced' life, or where advanced life might come to be, or where the human race could potentially move to, we'll have to look for planets...
  • Commented on Implications
    Going back to third-generation stars... As this would skew the proportions/relative distributions of elements toward heavier elements, there would be much less free hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen but much more lead, bismuth, tellurium, etc. So life would be based on elements...
  • Commented on Implications
    "photosynthesis is really good at generating surplus carbon" So what we need to figure out is an alien world whose primary biochemistry is skewed toward surplus production of some other waste that has tensile strenght. Isn't "silicon plus something"...
  • Commented on Implications
    Interesting point: older generations of planets/star systems with different chemistries. Thinking back to a Nova/PBS show ... Sulfur-loving organisms growing near undersea volcano vents could evolve if the volcanic activity wasn't too extreme and killed them all off. We'd need...
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