Friday, August 19, 2011

Cognitive Computers

IBM has announced that it has created and is now testing it's first Cognitive Computing chips. These chips are modeled after the synapses and neurons of the human brain. Current computers are little more than calculators, following every command through complicated and inefficient mathematics. Instead of following programming, Cognitive computers will experience and learn from their experiences.

The question is can they easily unlearn after they make mistakes? Will they self-correct so that misperceptions don't shape all subsequent experiences?

If so they will have a leg up on us.

Our personal realities are all defined by our misunderstandings and we just play along in that role as if stumbling through an episode of Three's Company.

Everyone is confused. Everyone is bound by their own miscalculation.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Pickled Fairy of Possibility

Jose Moldonado of Gualdalajara recently found a Fairy while picking guava fruit. The fairy died shortly after he captured it so he pickled it.

It could be a hoax, but I prefer to think about it like this:

If our universe is infinite, then anything that can exist will exist, which means that everything we can imagine will exist somewhere out there. As our universe expands and exhausts all rational possibilities, there will be a point at which all reason will break down so that it can get to all the unreasonable phenomena that must happen eventually.

The universe has a checklist longer than it's own circumfrence and everytime something crazy happens it runs a sharpee through another bulletpoint.

Fairy found, pickled.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

She said,

"Excuse me, sir...

You are wearing...

Golf Shoes."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Doppelgang Town

Developers in the Guangdon province of China have painstakingly recreated a life-sized replica of Hallstatt, Austria in their own country. They did this secretly, without letting anyone know. They sent in spies disguised as tourists to photograph every detail for reproduction.

When finished, we will have two identical towns, like quantum-entangled communities.

Architecture dictates behavior in subtle ways and so even the lives of the inhabitants will begin to mirror each other. What happens in one will happen to the other and vice versa.

This setting seems ripe for experimentation on the nature of identity. Drop a clone from Hallstatt into the Chinese version of his town and watch him or her. At what point do their lives diverge?

For all you know, your life may have been replicated on another continent, as well. Or you may be the replicated life, while the original goes about your daily tasks in a town in Argentina.

I've considered this. I think it probably happens all the time.

Hell, If you believe that our universe is infinite, then near-replicas of your life exist many times over somewhere out among the stars. The universe is already hard at work on these devious experiments on "Self".

Somewhere out there, someone has painstakingly reconstructed my whole life, cloned my DNA and placed that clone in a movieset recreation of my childhood in Yakima, Washington. They've spared no expense to recreate the entire city, right down to every forensic detail of every violent crime.

I suspect that this Doppelgang Town is on a far off inhabitable moon. An polyvinyl bubble sky holds in the atmosphere and keeps the locals from seeking success beyond the city limits. galactic tourists watch the other me through one way mirrors as i brush my teeth at night. The other me is in a cage of which he is half-aware, but can't escape. He has my face and my imagination but is trapped.

And we are living biographies of each other.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Weapons of Thought

Genes are concepts expressed in flesh. Your body is a petri dish for living ideas. Your will is a colony of intangibilities which pull strands of amino acids like the reins of a stagecoach.

But imagination is faster than natural selection so today we have technological processes for coding ideas into biological existence. What what took millions of years now takes months.

Eventually genetic splicing will be automated. One day we will engineer new genes and splice them into our nuclei directly from the spark of inspiration. Our thoughts and our DNA will tangle into a brand new helix.

We will become our thoughts. Our thoughts will change us physically.
The like-minded will form tribes, tribes will mutate into new species.

Honest debate will spread infectious concepts across enemy lines so we will guard ourselves from it. Conversation will be a biological warfare, so we will forget our ears and they will shrivel up and fall off our heads like unpicked grapes.

Ideas have a will of their own. Ideas are bent on world domination.

Our bodies are the weapons of thought.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Homogenization of Time

Look around you. Endless variety. Colors, sounds, tastes, eclectic life filling out every square millimeter of every niche. Take it all in quick. You have 5 seconds.

Five. It takes one second for the stainless steel body to be laser cut to the correct specifications. Take this second for the viruses, mammals, invertebrates and sea-life.

Four. It takes another second for the circuit boards to be printed and the pieces soldered to the motherboard. Take this second for the endless variety of things that grow green.

Three. It takes one second for the exotic matter to crystallize into the portal basin. Take this time to appreciate the weather.

Two. It takes one second to coat the chassis with a glossy anti-rust enamel. With this second, consider contemplating the beauty of cultural trends.

One. One last second is needed for the systems to check themselves and for the machine to go online. Take this last second to appreciate our history of innovation.

Its all gone...


At the moment the first time machine rolled off the assembly line, the concept of "change" ceased to exist.

The moment that time travel was invented, every moment in time was suddenly occupied by extra-temporal colonies. They overwrote your history instantly with an incessant blandness. The local color of nations and eras was washed aside in the fastest sort of gentrification.

A Starbucks opened in Pompeii.

...and one in 15th Century France

The neanderthal caves carved into the wind-blown cliffs of Gibralter were demolished to make room for condos with thin walls and granite counter tops. The primordial ponds in which proteins first formed were dredged.

Now stands an Olive Garden.