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Comment Isn't the issue more about energy storage? (Score 1) 176

It seems to be that storage of energy is really the more critical factor. If we focused on something like rotational fly-wheel storage systems that would be a better strategy. To be able store terra watts of power for weeks or months at a time would be ideal. Then solar would be able to just feed into that store. Of course the engineering challenges of keeping a large disc spinning at high RPMs would be immense I suspect.

Comment But why is there only one spot like this? (Score 2) 45

Isn't the whole point of this area is that is anomalous? at least in comparison to all the other areas of the CMB? yes there are other 'cooler' areas but this seems to be the only one of this magnitude. If this was a common feature across the whole CMB then the cold spot could be considered as part of the standard cosmological model surely?

Comment Scale issues (Score 2) 137

I still think the scale of human mars missions are too small. They need to first develop the engineering to make rotating spacecraft to produce around minimum 0.376 g ( mars gravity), but 1 g craft would be more helpful longer term. To be rotating at less than 1 rpm to avoid nausea means a radius of over 200metres though. But at least with that set up there is more potential living/storage space. The more living space the more people and isolation becomes less of a problem. The larger scale the more protection (especially against radiation) and redundancies of systems can be in place in the event of failures along the way. Ultimately you want a long term project that goes back and forth from Mars to Earth on a regular basis. Something like an extension of the ISS.

Comment Insurance and registration (Score 1) 362

The concept of a full autonomous driving car is still really far way, I estimate in the range of 20-30 years or even more. My understanding is that current autonomous vehicles don't cope with rainy or unknown conditions. The more interesting aspect would be how augmentative safety technologies might reduce insurance premiums, or even reduce certain kinds of legal requirements. For example if your vehicle has auto assisted braking could that allow some one to drive at a different alcohol limit range? It might be that autonomous vehicles at first must be licensed to travel on specific routes. So you would have to register your autonomous vehicle only on specific routes you have 'taught' it first. Only then you could allow it to be 'autonomous' and be able to pay no attention while being transported ( i.e. you don't need a license to be in the vehicle).

Comment Re:Black Mirror (Score 2) 257

but what if the basic income allows people to generate things? those people are not necessarily idle. The idea of a basic income is that they don't have to 'worry' about income. So they can go and focus on doing something they enjoy like create art, make an app, write a book etc, that they can potentially sell and supplement their basic income. You could receive a basic income and still get paid to get contract work from time to time for example. Most people want to be creative or engage in society in some way, even if it just contributing to the social spaces they operate within.

Comment Re:Math? (Score 2) 202

This is something called the metric expansion of space. The metric value is changing at a local level where the measurement is taken. I think it is misleading to talk about space as a dimension moving at some speed, because speed is really distance per unit time. the expansion of space is just space per space changing. We tend to embed our explanations as if the universe expanded from a point on a piece of paper, it doesn't really work that way, the paper in a sense is being generated as it goes along. The speed of light is just some measured velocity value that happens to be pretty close to c when we measure it at various places around the universe, light goes through the metric of space. The metric of space doesn't really say much about what that speed is. So c just goes along the metric as the metric is generated.

Comment not knowing what education is for (Score 1) 335

I think he would have been better to use the money to set up training programs for skill sets that are useful to society, particularly infrastructure aspects like plumbing, electricians etc. May be use the money to set up in school programs for really specific things like programming, or target specific types of students to figure out what they might excel in.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist