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rotfl... thanks to pyrotech_c3h8 both for making and sharing...

Emo Assault Squad

The above video is the funniest thing I've run across since Weird Al's White and Nerdy, which I assume you've all seen by now (if not, check it out, you'll be glad.)

While I'm at it, here's a couple other random things of interest...

Interview with Ian Pearson, British Telecom's Futurologist who predicts that yoghurt will one day rule the world (yeah, you heard me... yogurt!)Ian Pearson Interview He's also predicting that androids will make up about 10% of the population in 10-15 years from now, and by the same time AI's will be earning masters degrees and competing with humans for the most skilled jobs (personally, I think it will probably take at least twice as long, but I enjoy hearing optimistic predictions from people who get paid professionally to make such predictions (and are presumably more well-informed than I).

The new car "battery" being developed (really a capacitor) that will supposedly recharge in 5 minutes, and then let you drive 500 miles for the equivalent of 45cents/gallonEEstor... and unlike current crappy electric cars, it will let you drive/accelerate as fast as you want. John Smart talked a little bit about this at our last future salon, and I subsequently noticed the article on it. Very promising, if it works.

An impressive video: Opening a Beer Bottle with a Helicopter


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Sep. 28th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Wow I like that icon.
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen White and Nerdy... but have you seen Weird Al's "Don't Download This Song"?

Which is right here?
Sep. 28th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
yeah, I downloaded it a couple months ago from his website. I wasn't too impressed, although it's a cute idea. Personally, I'd say Weird Al's greatest acheivements have been:

1.) White and Nerdy
2.) Amish Paradise
3.) I'm Fat
4.) Alternative Polka

the majority of his music I find rather mediocre... and in the case of the first 3 I listed, it's more the videos that I like rather than the music.
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Dude, did someone say yoghurt? I'd like to find out his explanation, and I seriously don't think that androids will come that far any time soon, personally. I'm just not seeing any current evidence for it. They are getting smarter, but they haven't achieved consciousness yet, which I think would be required for them to compete with us totally. I'm going to have to kepep an eye on that.

Now, that car capacitator idea sounds like a decent idea, and it'd probably lessen our dependence on fossil fuels, at least for shorter drives.
Sep. 28th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well, here's what he had to say about the yoghurt (you can find this rest in the link I posted above):

You've got a "smart yoghurt" by about 2025, and we did the calculations, and we reckon that it's possible to make a yoghurt with roughly the same processing power as the entire European population.

It gets worse. If it's yoghurt, you can just bung it in the bin, but unfortunately yoghurt is just the bacterial suspension. Bacteria is all around us, in everything we touch, everywhere you look around your office. There's also bacteria in your body - in fact more bacterial
cells than human cells - and an awful lot of diseases can change your psychological behaviour.

Keeping the Terminator theme, the T-4 robot is totally invisible - it's based on bacteria - you breathe them in via the air supply and they directly change what you want to do. You can't fight against that. In the War of the Worlds, there were all these sophisticated space ships that got destroyed by the germs in the end - that could be the future for humanity. In all seriousness, one of the biggest threats we face this century is probably smart bacteria, and as a security risk it's enormous.
Oct. 1st, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
as we've evolved our weapons have gotten more sophisticated. It used to be fists and teeth, then sticks and stones, then swords and bows, then bullets and grenades, in 30-50 years it will be nanobots in armies, cloud like, which only a few penetrating the skin (borg like) are needed to interrupt/hijack nervous signals for breathing/heart etc.
Sep. 29th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pimpage, and HELL yes on Wierd Al, he is the man!
Oct. 1st, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
> Video
I just get "age verification" when clicking on the link.

cool I just took about 3 bites into slowing down them ruling the world. AI's being trained by unsupervised learning may take longer the first time, but if the brain substrate is not subject to small variences in material (like FPGA's occassionally are), they should be able to be cloned quickly.

It's interesting but it's been mentioned that power grids don't like spikes of electricity like this, especially on mass scale so dont' expect to see this in your house really soon (or at least it will charge at the rate availalbe to 230v/10amp or whatever the load is.

Oct. 1st, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)

I just get "age verification" when clicking on the link.

yeah, unfortunately someone on YouTube must have reported it as inappropriate for children. I don't think it was that inappropriate... it does have some edgy "mock violence" in it but it's very obviously pretend. So it looks like you can only view it now if you log in and click "yes I'm at least 18".

it's been mentioned that power grids don't like spikes of electricity like this, especially on mass scale so dont' expect to see this in your house really soon

hmmm... hadn't thought of that. Can they really not handle one person using a large amount of electricity for a short period of time? Obviously, if everyone spiked at once, it would be a disaster, but I'd expect it to be spread out so that everyone is using it at different times. If there is a problem with a single house spiking, then maybe we need to go to a system where you pool your incoming electricity with 4 or 5 neighbors in a way that smooths it out. But of course, a change like that requires a lot of beaurocratic and infrastructure changes... maybe too much for the short term.
Oct. 1st, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
it wouldn't let me get past the yes I'm over 18, clicking on it numerous times (post login) so I gave up.


Well the theoretical and real world are too different things. In theory a capacitors like those could charge in a minute (or in somecases with nano wires) seconds. But getting something that could deliver that much power I think would be challenging (don't have time to redo the math). I know commercial shops (e.g. power welders, machines shops) use a large amount of power, but they are given different hookups than housing.

Actually large grids in high density areas could benefit from this, more than the consumers. THey don't have much in the way of storing power, getting power in off peak times during the summer to smooth out what they can't supply from the wire. It's all a matter of price though, I imagine it would be a gargantuan undertaking to get enough of these to make a difference.

I imagine that gas stations could be retrofitted for power refills, as if it does take 5 minutes thats about what consumers expect...but oye the cost of replacing that infrastructure.

I'd prefer a charging station like toll booths on the highway, something that you run through to 'boost' up power while not even stopping.

At home we already have people inductive charging off the house power, but I think this takes several hours. Which is probably fine.

The advantage of quicker charging and more ubiqitous jacks is the battery can be made smaller, and the vehicle lighter/cheaper, to achieve economies of scale.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
here, try this...
I've never actually used an embed tag before, so let's see if this works...

Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
Re: here, try this...
worked perfectly. Thanks LOL. Love the hair.
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