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« Reply #240 on: June 22, 2018, 02:56:55 PM »
That's disturbing

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« Reply #241 on: July 18, 2018, 04:13:30 PM »
Interesting article today about a first tentative step toward approving genetic modification of babies.

https://gizmodo.com/uk-ethics-council-says-it-s-morally-permissible-to-cr-1827655873

Genetic engineering (in my case, way too much of it) plays a big role in my scifi thrillers, so it's interesting to see acceptance of such practices moving forward (even incrementally).

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« Reply #242 on: July 18, 2018, 05:43:38 PM »
The Biotics are taking over already!!!

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #243 on: July 26, 2018, 08:55:14 AM »
I really should be working rn but this article is great!!

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/23/tech-industry-wealth-futurism-transhumanism-singularity


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So instead of considering the practical ethics of impoverishing and exploiting the many in the name of the few, most academics, journalists, and science fiction writers instead considered much more abstract and fanciful conundrums: is it fair for a stock trader to use smart drugs? Should children get implants for foreign languages? Do we want autonomous vehicles to prioritize the lives of pedestrians over those of its passengers? Should the first Mars colonies be run as democracies? Does changing my DNA undermine my identity? Should robots have rights?

Asking these sorts of questions, while philosophically entertaining, is a poor substitute for wrestling with the real moral quandaries associated with unbridled technological development in the name of corporate capitalism. Digital platforms have turned an already exploitative and extractive marketplace (think Walmart) into an even more dehumanizing successor (think Amazon). Most of us became aware of these downsides in the form of automated jobs, the gig economy, and the demise of local retail.

But the more devastating impacts of pedal-to-the-metal digital capitalism fall on the environment and global poor. The manufacture of some of our computers and smartphones still uses networks of slave labor. These practices are so deeply entrenched that a company called Fairphone, founded from the ground up to make and market ethical phones, learned it was impossible. (The company’s founder now sadly refers to their products as “fairer” phones.)

Meanwhile, the mining of rare earth metals and disposal of our highly digital technologies destroys human habitats, replacing them with toxic waste dumps, which are then picked over by peasant children and their families, who sell usable materials back to the manufacturers.

This “out of sight, out of mind” externalization of poverty and poison doesn’t go away just because we’ve covered our eyes with VR goggles and immersed ourselves in an alternate reality. If anything, the longer we ignore the social, economic, and environmental repercussions, the more of a problem they become. This, in turn, motivates even more withdrawal, more isolationism and apocalyptic fantasy – and more desperately concocted technologies and business plans. The cycle feeds itself.

For ages I had been wanting to write an article to pitch to WIRED called "Why Technology Won't Save Us." but it looks like this guy beat me to it, he's written a bunch of books on the future of technology.

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #244 on: August 16, 2018, 02:43:51 AM »
How about this genuinely amazing discovery in our natural world now?  Asking for stories with insectoid engineers and more. Love this so much, Mother Nature been there done that.

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« Reply #245 on: August 16, 2018, 04:30:10 PM »
How about this genuinely amazing gears on insects aks discovery in our natural world now?
There is also a small organism with a propeller, real circular drive. Looks a bit like a corkscrew.  The gears in link  only are to synchronise the legs when it's small. The adult doesn't have them.

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« Reply #246 on: August 16, 2018, 06:10:10 PM »
These things are so incredible :D
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« Reply #247 on: August 17, 2018, 03:06:38 AM »
Was thinking about this and realised Mechanical Ball and Socket joints are hips and shoulders. Eyes and ears and other human  body parts have also contributed to many inventions so I shouldn't have been surprised. But it was still wonderful in that tiny insect.
@Ray McCarthy Please can you give a link to the propeller effect?  Would like to see that as well. :)
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« Reply #248 on: August 17, 2018, 08:15:36 AM »
Flagella propeller on some bacteria https://phys.org/news/2018-04-bacterial-propeller.html

Larvae of Dictyoceratida spp. are very efficient swimmers and use the posterior tuft of flagella as a propeller for forward and backward swimming, as well as for orientation with respect to light (Leys and Degnan, 2001; Uriz et al., 2002; Maldonado et al., 2003). Together with the other larvae of the orders Dictyoceratida and Dendroceratida, they appear to be the most ...
from https://academic.oup.com/plankt/article/27/3/249/1493442

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« Reply #249 on: August 17, 2018, 08:24:54 AM »
Thank you Ray, appreciate the link, that will keep me well occupied for a while.  :D
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