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Monday, May 26, 2014

Yes, you can become invisible.

Once again my friends the line betwixt Sci-fi and Sci-real has been blurred once again. This time they've put very tiny things together that can refract light. How many uses are there for refracting light? 

  • Hiding zits from the facial area
  • Keeping a stash of ho-hos in plain sight
  • Staying modest when the whole wardrobe is out for laundry
  • Playing hide and seek*too few adults still play this
  • Preparing surprises for parties and awards ceremonies
  • Hiding those people you never really wanted to look at in the first place
  • Cloaking the vegetables on the plate
  • Making it seem to the tax man you have no items of value in your home
  • Quick alternative to house cleaning
  • Turn the hoard into an invisible clean area
  • Getting rid of those roadside eyesores
  • Finally turning all of the homeless invisible 
  • Invisible Campfires
  • New exotic dancer garb they don't have to slip out of
  • Making all stains disappear
  • Going off the grid
  • Seeing how the other restroom really is
  • Around the block peepholes for those really nosy homebodies
  • Tricking people into thinking their favorite restaurant got shut down and demolished

 Just a few ways that metamaterials that bend and refract light can brighten our days in the future.

Thanks for sticking around and checking it out. I'm off to clean my house or at least make it look like I did. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The new blood market.

I read an interesting headline today for this story, which prompted me to write this small post.

I predict that now they have some inkling that young blood transferred into an old body can rejuvenate it will usher in a new kind of pay-for-biologicals financial market.

 A lot of people give plasma today. Most of these are privately owned and work with the for-profit model. I used to 'give' plasma a whole lot when I was younger, but after I aged a little I could tell the decay of my blood when they pumped it back into me.

 Why couldn't I give some tiny amount of the 'donation fee' back to get that nice curvy shiny young woman down the row's blood. It might go down, it might not.

 My current boycott of the contemporary Plasma joints will end if all of these things occour:

  • They stop calling them donors with donations and start acknowledging it as salespeople with a sale.
  • They give 200% more in donor fees to allow anyone who goes all month a way to get by temporarily.
  • They pick up my anti-aging blood transfer idea and run with it, after buying it for a cool 43 million.

    <bloodcell graphic to go here in near future, for more read randoomblog>

Thanks and have a great two!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Alternative Uses for the Glow In The Dark Cat

 Scientists have genetically modified felines to have skin and fur that is luminescent in low or no light. Reasons for this might not be clear to the average person, but we rarely have the same uses for the usual wacky experimental products. Although I do not condone animal experimentation of any kind, I know no matter how hard I boycott it, it will continue on, leaving hybrids and mutations to become our pets long after the lab coats are finished playing God.

 I've come up with a few uses for the glow-in-the-dark(GITD for short) cat for when they get evicted from the facilities and start choosing us as their owners.

  •  Lap Cat Reading Lamp- At zero kilowatts per hour, a GITD cat is the cheapest option to light the written word. It also gives the extra benefit of a thigh warmer while flipping the pages of your favorite tome. *I've taken liberties in assuming the average GITD cat owner does not read e-books at night

  • Easily Spotted Clumps- Both shed hair and litter leavings will now show themselves at night, saving GITD cat owners time in scooping and vacuuming. Doing both of these tasks in lack of light will also save energy.

  • Weaning Night Light- For those GITD cat owners who are also parents can use the animal as a transitional night light for when little Joey or Judy are getting a little too old to have a traditional night light. When they wake up after fluffy has gone out of the room, they'll be more used to the dark.

  • Saving Avian Lives- Sometimes when you let your cat out at night, they come back with the carcass of a dead bird for your present. Those lucky enough to own a GITD cat would have a security in the knowledge that when they let their pet loose at night, birds are alerted to their presence, making it less likely that you are to awake with a sad, tortured tweety on your doorstep.

  • Cat Finding- In case your loved mammal gets lost and wanders off to the edge of a dangerous desert at night, the unnatural glow of their fur will alert you to their whereabouts in the pitch blackness of night.*I've also taken liberties to assume that GITD cat owners do not spring for the ever-so-useful GPS pet collar
 So, even though there are some strange things that science is doing to our animals, we can turn the results into positive reasons to love those animals they produce. Thank you, and keep on purring.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brains, they're making brains!

Not really, they're just designing the next best things in computing to be modeled after the brain*not human brains but for some reason macaque monkeys(I read about it here). I suppose it would make sense to categorize synthetic memory systems to mimic the separate regions and functions of the human brain. Motor control and behavior get a chunk of play, as does temperature control and three types of storage. Long term, short-term, and placed thoughts or files are stored away in logical layouts that are most efficient in terms of throughput and rate of transfer.

 One of the drawbacks I see is not even a drawback. As brains age, the surface to store new memory is limited while production of neurons in the hippo-campus does not slow. Theoretically, someone living beyond normal ranges of age (max 130 or so) could not hold every long term memory they've made in their lives, however a computer would just need more space, material, and data to grow with time.

 Behavior is another area I'd like to visit. Most people would like a personal assistant AI that is helpful
 and non-intrusive, however there are those that would like to impose some more rude sentiments in order to
 interact with the user interface of their AI. I could not take it if the ATM, Automated Grocery Checkout, and Drive through speaker were to be disrespectful to me on a bad day. Most days I'd be like all the other techno-hounds and gobble all the 'new' up, but I know they'd have me hitting boiling points with rude AI behaviors.

 The synaptic speed in which they can handle data is mind-blowing. I know for a fact that if the experiment was set to figure out a way off of the fiscal cliff, it would have found it. Which leads me to my final question about this whole situation.

 How much bigger do we want our artificial brains?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Human Mute Buttons: Censorship in the Physical Form

Pardon me if I do not cite resources for this particular tech, for my time on the net is very limited today. With that out of the way, let's journey to the implications of this new technology.

 Scientists have pinpointed a frequency that when pointed at a person makes them unable to speak. Thought still goes through, as are all actions, save for speech.

 What does this mean for society?

 First of all, libraries will be splaying this frequency throughout their halls, to make sure no disruptions happen. This is both good and bad. I can't recall how many times I've been pulled out of a fantastical story by some bugger shouting at their significant other about some insignificant thing. A bad part about any whole building with this tech deployed is that if there ever was a true emergency, no one would be able to shout for help. Guess we'll all have to wear whistles when we go to check out books.

 There are many uses outside of buildings for this silencing tech, but many of them are very nefarious. Constables and officers of the law will be able to utilize this at their own discretion. If a police person happens upon a demonstration that they may not agree with, they can silence a whole crowd from expressing their viewpoints and exercising their rights to freedom of speech.

 Many people I know would love to use this device on me because I say many things that others do not wish to hear. I pull no punches with anyone when it comes to ideas, conceptualizations, and observations of truth. The truth hurts, but not if no one is around to hear it. Well now, they can stop me. I'll be quiet now, but this may be the last time I do so willingly.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quidditch is possible! Woah.

This video I found after Besercules' comment on my other blog about flying balls. These aren't them, but I could see this being sphere-shaped in the future:

With this we can inflame the youth of today in science and engineering. We can actualize a once fictional game into a fun activity that melds fantasy and reality.

Still a few years away from the Battle Room, 
"Battle Room Scene" from "Ender's Game" comic

but that's going to happen before Calvinball.

Game AIs

Next time, more NEWSTUFF!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Electro-Squatters Beware!

 I stopped and unplugged my laptop when I saw a story about how Sony is now shopping around for ways to start charging people for using electricity!

 After further investigation, it states that they are looking into authentication kits for wall outlets. This device would lock out anyone not authorized to be getting electricity.

 It would use a similar technology as NFC, as there would be wireless transfer of data between the outlet and an authentication system, which may, or may not be asking for money to plug in.

 They would be used in apartment buildings in vacant units as well as some coffee shops. I can understand the first use, it would save money for an owner and keep people from leeching in abandoned apartments, but the second use is nefarious.

 I don't want to ever walk in to an establishment that has "Free-Wifi" planted on their door, only to find that they have put the electronic equivalent to a parking meter on the outlets.