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Elon Musk vs. AI

I can't remember if Dr Dartnell mentioned an artificial intelligence takeover as a possible end to (human) civilisation, but there's an interesting article about it from 'Vanity Fair': http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-dollar-crusade-to-stop-ai-space-x It's over 8,000 words bu...
by Bruce Mardle
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:14 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: Elon Musk vs. AI
Replies: 0
Views: 181

'The Coming Plague'

I've just bought a copy of The Coming Plague, but since it's 780 pages I may have been killed by the coming plague before I finish it!
by Bruce Mardle
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:55 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: 'Life After Man', 'BBC Focus', Feb 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 744

"May you live in interesting times"

I've liked that curse since I first heard it. Funnily enough, someone quoted it to me about 18 hours ago.
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:27 am
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: 'Life After Man', 'BBC Focus', Feb 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 744

TEOTWAWKI

Interesting stuff, Dave. I haven't read the disease link (or book!) yet but hope to do so soon (if I don't get distracting reading Explain Like I'm Five (ELI5) or thinking up T-shirt slogans ("TEOTWAWKI is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there", "TEOTWAWKI: Like Milw...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:20 am
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: 'Life After Man', 'BBC Focus', Feb 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 744

Re: Hi, everyone; collected errata?

Hi, Dave. I've heard of dandelion root tea but never tasted it, though there are usually plenty of dandelions about! I think that during World War 2 there were a few 'ersatz' coffees, e.g. chicory. I think I've even seen that in shops, though not for years. It took about 6 months from registering to...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:12 am
 
Forum: New members
Topic: Hi, everyone; collected errata?
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Re: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry

I think modern amateur chemists (clandestine or otherwise) have created a lot of chemical processes because no major chemical company will sell any chemical that's remotely hazardous to individuals (and as Paracelsus said, it is the dose alone that makes a substance not a poison). There are lots of ...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:31 am
 
Forum: 5. Substances
Topic: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry

That's a subject that interests me. I think I've gathered what I know about it from various sources. http://cavemanchemistry.com/oldcave/ has some interesting projects, though it's far from comprehensive. (There's an update/book but I prefer the old version!) I used to work in a museum (in a castle!...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:27 am
 
Forum: 5. Substances
Topic: Wishing for Book of 'Desert Island' Chemistry
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Wax Cotton Raingear

I used to wear waxed-cotton jackets a lot. I think I gave up mostly because they tend to accumulate unsightly creases. Granted, that's unlikely to be a consideration if foraging in the rain to barely survive! Also, you can't clean them with detergents and they're relatively heavy. On the other hand,...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:16 am
 
Forum: 4. Food and Clothing
Topic: Wax Cotton Raingear
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Re: The Agile Approach

Cynic that I am ;) I'm reminded of a saying in engineering*: "Faster, cheaper, better; choose any 2", i.e. You can quickly design something that's cheap to make... but it won't be very good. You can quickly design something good... but it'll be expensive to make. You can design something g...
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:02 am
 
Forum: How quickly could you accelerate a reboot of civilisation?
Topic: The Agile Approach
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Assess, Address, Amend

That reminds me of a book, 'The IDEAL Problem-Solver', that came 'free' with a subscription to 'Scientific American' decades ago:
Identify that there is a problem.
Define the problem.
Explore solutions.
Act.
Look back.
by Bruce Mardle
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:51 am
 
Forum: What single sentence do you think encapsulates most information?
Topic: Assess, Address, Amend
Replies: 2
Views: 582
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