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    Thread: Worst Pre-Technocalypse disaster
Post: RE: Worst Pre-Technocalypse disaster

I remember reading an article is Scientific American about 10 years ago that reviewed the number of weapons required to cause a global nuclear winter. The figure was a lot less than that proposed duri...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 19 277 03-14-2018, 03:28 AM
    Thread: Time travel via many worlds
Post: RE: Time travel via many worlds

I wasn't thinking of using MW as a way to physically travel through time, but rather to use it to make observations about the past. This idea really comes out of echammond's thread about post Y11k tec...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 26 332 02-22-2018, 03:13 AM
    Thread: Book Club (Feb 2018)
Post: RE: Book Club (Feb 2018)

I've just finished a book that I really enjoyed and would like to recommend to the forum book club. Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 [Image: http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=ht...mrc&ua...
Duddy9 Books, Games, Movies, and TV 11 10,921 02-22-2018, 02:59 AM
    Thread: Time travel via many worlds
Post: Time travel via many worlds

I remember reading a novel called Timeline when I was a kid about historians who travelled to medieval France in an alternate timeline almost identical to the one they came from. This allowed them to ...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 26 332 02-21-2018, 01:13 AM
    Thread: Fun activities in the Terragen Sphere
Post: RE: Fun activities in the Terragen Sphere

I like to imagine that by the interplanetary era I'm living in semi-retirement on the Moon, occasionally taking part in the annual Cis-Lunar solar sail race.
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 47 1,008 02-20-2018, 09:38 PM
    Thread: Whats your favorite kind of Modosophonts?
Post: RE: Whats your favorite kind of Modosophonts?

My favourite is one I'm writing an article about now, Cellphonts. Single cell modosophonts that use a human body as habitat.
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 13 212 02-10-2018, 08:15 AM
    Thread: Book Club (Feb 2018)
Post: RE: Book Club (Feb 2018)

Can we include non-fiction books we've been reading? If so I'd like to include a book I read a couple of months ago, New World of Mr Tompkins https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-World-Mr-To...D83GFB926R A ...
Duddy9 Books, Games, Movies, and TV 11 10,921 02-08-2018, 06:58 AM
    Thread: Weird/horrifying things to eat
Post: RE: Weird/horrifying things to eat

The talking cow from Restaurant at the End of the Universe. A clone of yourself. A colony of Cellphonts.
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 22 320 01-23-2018, 12:25 AM
    Thread: Gravity/metric manipulation
Post: RE: Gravity/metric manipulation

Could black hole electrons be used for metric manipulation? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hole_electron
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 30 521 01-16-2018, 10:45 PM
    Thread: Animals and Plants for Non-Earth-like Environments
Post: RE: Animals and Plants for Non-Earth-like Environm...

A while back I hand an idea for a type of giant molluscs that would move across the surface of Mercury relying on exothermic and endothermic reactions.
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 25 337 01-15-2018, 11:43 PM
    Thread: A Middle Tech Society Without Access to the Net
Post: RE: A Middle Tech Society Without Access to the Ne...

If you're looking for an example of scifi design without the internet. I'd recommend the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. The set designers designed the ship without any networked computers. The In-uni...
Duddy9 General Off-topic Discussion 16 16,970 12-06-2017, 11:18 PM
    Thread: The Singularity is near...
Post: RE: The Singularity is near...

I spent 2 years sometime ago doing a part time MSc in Data Analytics & Computer Science thinking I was future proofing my job. More fool me  :dodgy:
Duddy9 Real Life But OA Relevant 6 6,723 12-05-2017, 01:58 AM
    Thread: The Use of Violence by Advanced Civilizations
Post: RE: The Use of Violence by Advanced Civilizations

What I was really wondering was if natural selection would remove those species that have violent tendencies. It's true that violence can provide evolutionarily useful in the past, I would argue that ...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 16 197 11-30-2017, 06:20 AM
    Thread: The Use of Violence by Advanced Civilizations
Post: The Use of Violence by Advanced Civilizations

Reading about the offensive capacities of Megastructures such as Steve's Supraself structure, reminded me of an argument that Carl Sagen proposed. That at the stage in which a civilization is manipula...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 16 197 11-24-2017, 11:29 PM
    Thread: Resource of information
Post: RE: Resource of information

I'm actually studying a part-time physics degree with the Open University, I've just checked and we do have several of their papers. It's a shame the JBIS archive only goes back to 1999. Arthur C Cla...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 14 162 11-24-2017, 06:52 AM
    Thread: Resource of information
Post: RE: Resource of information

Steve and Terrafamilia, thanks for the links to the Cloud 9 wikipedia entry. Does anyone know where Buckminster Fuller first discussed his idea for Cloud 9? Did he write a paper? I'd love to see his ...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 14 162 11-23-2017, 10:50 PM
    Thread: Anders Sandberg on BBC R4 'Moral Maze'
Post: Anders Sandberg on BBC R4 'Moral Maze'

Anders Sandberg appeared last night on BBC Radio 4's 'The Moral Maze' discussing The Morality of Artificial Intelligence. He seemed to particularly annoy Melanie Phillips, which delighted me no-end  ...
Duddy9 Real Life But OA Relevant 1 2,564 11-23-2017, 10:42 PM
    Thread: Resource of information
Post: RE: Resource of information

Here is a Paper on Supramundane Planets. I picked it up some time during the year, I'm afraid I have no idea where I got it. http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?fil...3085852538
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 14 162 11-23-2017, 03:08 AM
    Thread: Resource of information
Post: RE: Resource of information

Just found this article on what sounds like one of Steve's Supraself https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1112/1112.5519.pdf Does anyone have an technical information on the Cloud 9 proposal, I've bee...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 14 162 11-22-2017, 05:54 AM
    Thread: Resource of information
Post: Resource of information

Following on from the discussion on the Megastructures thread. I would like this thread to be a central resource of technical information we collectively find. Ideally it would cover everything from ...
Duddy9 General Setting Discussion 14 162 11-22-2017, 04:12 AM