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Talk about politics, society, science, computers, internet, psychology, and philosophy.

Is Life on Earth Early?

I’ve discussed the Fermi Paradox before, as well as answers to it pertaining to computer simulations.

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Avi Loeb offer another possible solution to it:

“We used the most conservative approaches to understanding the appearance of life in the universe, and our conclusion is that we are very early in the process…”

That is, aliens haven’t visited us yet, because, in fact, it’s our job to visit them… We’re the ancient and old and nasty and scary ones Hollywood is warning everyone about…

That actually makes sense to me… šŸ˜€

The Fermi Paradox:

There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are similar to the Sun, and many of these stars are billions of years older than the Solar system.Ā With high probability, some of these stars have Earth-like planets, and if the Earth is typical, some may have developed intelligent life.Ā Some of these civilizations may have developed interstellar travel, a step the Earth is investigating now.Ā Even at the slow pace of currently envisioned interstellar travel, the Milky Way galaxy could be completely traversed in a few million years. According to this line of reasoning, the Earth should have already been visited by extraterrestrial aliens.

In an informal conversation, Fermi noted no convincing evidence of this, leading him to ask, “Where is everybody?”

Vectorizing a Photograph

You know, vectorizing a photograph in Photoshop, that’s like really easy, right? Just press the “Vectorize” button and you’re good to go.

Well. No.

Next time you feel you pay over prices for design, play this movie.

If you bought IT for the same number of hours it would cost you from $1200 and upwards, depending on where you bought it.

Oh, and if you want to do it yourself, here’s a link:

Chainsaw Murderer

“112, how may I be of assistance?”

“Yes, Hello? Is this 112?”

“This is 112, how can I help you?”

“Yes. I am sorry to disturb you this wonderful afternoon, however, we seem to have gotten a chainsaw murderer in our living room. We managed to lock ourselves in the bathroom but I fear he might start sawing the door any moment…”

“I think you’re a bit dramatic now. Chainsawers aren’t that dangerous.”

“He is sawing the furniture, and I’m pretty sure, if my nephew hadn’t been so quick on his feet he would have sawed him too.”

“That may be the case, but you shouldn’t be calling us for these problems.”

“I’m sorry, who should I be calling?”

“An exterminator. You’re taking up the line for life-threatening situations.”

“But, it’s a chainsaw murderer!”

“Yes, they are becoming more and more common. The exterminator knows how to deal with them. Is there anything else I can help you with?”

“No. Ah… Yes! Perhaps, a number for an exterminator?”

“This is not the yellow pages!”

Evil Megacorporations

I wouldn’t call Microsoft the evil megacorporation that controls every aspect of your life… there’s also Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung…

Or, in fact… turns out those guys aren’t even close to controlling the more important aspects of our lives:

Or for that matter has the most control:

Uh, and then it turns out, at least most of the 147 companies on the second link are mutual fund companies… and who owns mutual funds? Well… we, the people, do…

The only question to ask; does this make them more or less evil?

Header imageĀ by Chris Eason from London – Vertigo, CC BY 2.0, Link