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    Thread: Climate Change
Post: RE: Climate Change

In my own manuscripts the carbon crisis has most people living in below-grade or earth-sheltered housing in about a hundred years from now.  Entire communities and cities underground in about 200 year...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 4 418 08-23-2021, 05:41 AM
    Thread: Climate Change
Post: Climate Change

Not getting into politics here. Although technical mitigation possibilities are definitely a good thing to share if you know any.  Yesterday rain fell on Greenland's ice sheet for the first time in ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 4 418 08-22-2021, 02:12 AM
    Thread: If You Could Start OA From Scratch
Post: RE: If You Could Start OA From Scratch

I think that the setting as described lends itself too much to descriptions of vast regions that are no more diverse and have no more points of interest than, say, France. Where entire zones and mult...
Bear General Setting Discussion 113 2,589 08-17-2021, 01:30 AM
    Thread: If You Could Start OA From Scratch
Post: RE: If You Could Start OA From Scratch

I think I would rewrite it with slower or truncated technological advance and spread. In ten thousand years I would envision humans (and AI, and provolves, and tweaks, etc) as having reached the near...
Bear General Setting Discussion 113 2,589 08-16-2021, 04:00 PM
    Thread: Synthetic Sophontology
Post: RE: Synthetic Sophontology

I think it was always rather implied by the 'slow gods' and other higher-toposophic entities in setting that spin off Aingels whose purpose is to communicate with folk of more ordinary intellect or ti...
Bear General Setting Discussion 3 62 08-15-2021, 02:53 AM
    Thread: Synthetic Sophontology
Post: Synthetic Sophontology

As part of a separate writing project I have been thinking lately about the qualitatively different varieties of consciousness that may be embodied by conscious AI.  This includes embodied ('vec') and...
Bear General Setting Discussion 3 62 08-14-2021, 04:12 PM
    Thread: A visualization of galactic settlement
Post: RE: A visualization of galactic settlement

Ultimately there are two growth laws here: Exponential growth of biology, economics, etc, and cube-law growth of bounded space. Cube law growth ultimately bounds exponential growth, and while that...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 6 880 06-18-2021, 03:01 PM
    Thread: A visualization of galactic settlement
Post: RE: A visualization of galactic settlement

(06-18-2021, 04:27 AM)stevebowers Wrote: I like to assume that the various stars in a wave of colonisation can talk to each other, so they will exchange data about whether nearby stars are colonised...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 6 880 06-18-2021, 02:48 PM
    Thread: A visualization of galactic settlement
Post: RE: A visualization of galactic settlement

I don't get why the commenters think this model requires some ultra-stable political organization or unified civilization with a millions-of-years-long agenda to colonize the galaxy. The model says ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 6 880 06-17-2021, 10:55 AM
    Thread: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay energy
Post: RE: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay e...

The more I think about this the deeper its implications get. We're talking about lifeforms that can literally live for millions of years inside a rock. That's long enough to make some kinds of pansp...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 4 779 05-25-2021, 11:31 AM
    Thread: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay energy
Post: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay energ...

https://www.quantamagazine.org/radioacti...-20210524/ Here's a nice article about Earth's subsurface ecology - surprisingly large and robust for an environment with very little available energy. Tur...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 4 779 05-25-2021, 03:22 AM
    Thread: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the military
Post: RE: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from ...

I included the option of voting for 'visitors from another 'brane' or universe' because I think that's honestly more likely than aliens from another solar system. We don't know if there are other '...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 19 2,612 05-22-2021, 04:24 AM
    Thread: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the military
Post: RE: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from ...

I'm absolutely certain No Earthly Power has developed that level of technology - AND has not applied any fraction of it to advancing their economy and wealth, AND kept it completely secret. Not apply...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 19 2,612 05-22-2021, 03:58 AM
    Thread: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the military
Post: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the ...

So, the pentagon is *OFFICIALLY* reporting that, for years, pilots have been spotting "Unexplained Aerial Phenomena" - which bear an incredibly strong resemblance to the longstanding stories about "Un...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 19 2,612 05-21-2021, 11:55 AM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

True, there's been some bastardry of that sort in a few countries - one of which had enough wealth and power to be relevant. So some chose denial over development. But that certainly didn't stop wea...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 16 2,583 05-15-2021, 01:11 AM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

The whole point is that we DON'T have to push the limits in the field any more. We pushed the limits hard this year. And having done so we moved the limits. Using that technique won't be that hard ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 16 2,583 05-11-2021, 02:50 PM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

So your biggest motive to not bother developing a vaccine, from the companies' point of view, is that someone else is going to do it first? Okay, from everybody else's point of view, What's the dow...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 16 2,583 05-11-2021, 06:51 AM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

You know what is in every livestock veterinarian's practice? A liquid-nitrogen dewar for storing and transferring livestock semen at temperatures well below what's required for mRNA vaccines. The ca...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 16 2,583 05-10-2021, 02:54 PM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: The Last Pandemic In Human History

There's a significant chance that COVID-19 was the very Last Pandemic.  Ever. We got busy during this ordeal and pushed mRNA vaccines forward from "maybe 20 years from now" to "technology we can use ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 16 2,583 05-09-2021, 12:04 PM
    Thread: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?
Post: RE: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?

Right. Absolutely the definition of "insane risk." Sending in a disposable body would be sane, and as easy for an archai as getting the bear photo with photoshop would have been for our darwin-award...
Bear Books, Games, Movies, and TV 21 4,420 04-30-2021, 01:29 AM