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Comment Re:Science fiction has solutions for this (Score 1) 366

The reason is that cockroaches are already near perfect for what their niche is. Scavenge for food of any kind and reproduce like crazy. It can take several foot stomps to kill some cockroaches.

They are like sharks and crocodiles that way. Once nature has found an optimum solution in that ecosystem for finding food and reproducing, there is little pressure to adapt.

The truth though is that all 3 of them have evolved and even had spin-off species, but overall their phenotypes are much more stable than birds or mammals over the same time-span.

Comment Re:Rift'd (Score 2) 151

I can think of lots of lucrative non-game applications for good VR.

1) virtual tourism - digitally scan all of the exhibits, and background aesthetics of rooms and exteriors in the Louvre. Charge art students / fans $50 per day to visit the museum online. It's cheaper than a trip to France, takes in more money per day, and helps those planning a real trip figure out where to go and what to see in advance. Eventually cities will offer tours of their historical districts complete with local flavor "AI characters" and optional amounts of fellow tourists.
(And if you listen to most people the real life crowds is one of the main things that hold back enjoyment in these touristy destinations).

2) high end real estate tours - probably only worth it for 1,000,000+ (USD) homes and high end office space, but there is surely a standardized way to be discovered to quickly and cheaply scan the textures, geometries, and views in a house/building and translate the data into downloadable/streaming "level" that potential buyers/leasers would want to see without driving all over just to find their perfect place. Upsides include that the hardware could just be purchased by the real estate agent that is assisting the buyers. The sellers would pay to have the location scanned and uploaded - just another advertising expense that is necessary to get the place sold.

3) being "in the middle" of a live event - Instead of sitting 1 km away from the stage at a concert or the field at a sporting event, fans will stand where ever they want. A 3D model of the live event will be constructed by software processing numerous HD camera feeds (probably the hemi-spherical kind) that now hang from the ceiling and stand at intervals among the audience and sidelines. "Sold out" will now mean that the servers are at capacity.

All of these applications are things that mainstream and affluent people would probably spend money on if the experience were good enough. Furthermore, except for the scanning and processing aspects, the actual digital delivery has just the same technical requirements of an MMO with high-end graphics combined with the Occulus Rift (which will be rebranded Being There (TM)).

Will Facebook do this? Do this without having onerous privacy/advertising features? I don't know.

Comment Re:Reborn Kara Thrace was 'Science' ... WTF? (Score 1) 465

Glen A. Larson, the creator of the BSG of 1978-1980, was Mormon. That show was highly influenced by Mormon theology (e.g. space lost tribes of Israel, space pioneer trek, space-Satan showing up, space eternal marriage). However, only the most basic concepts of the original show carried over to BSG of 2003-2009. That the new show had religion at all could probably be blamed on Larson, but the shape that the religious concepts took in the new show lays squarely on the shoulders of Ronald D. Moore, who "describes himself as a 'recovering Catholic' and is currently agnostic."

And as side note, why does Caprica series barely seem to match up with the 2003 BSG backstory. Because it was based on a unrelated sci-fi TV script that was reworked (or perhaps shoe-horned) to fit into the new BSG universe. That little detail seems to have become buried in history.

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