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    Thread: O'Neill by night
Post: RE: O'Neill by night

Added a bit of structure to the black shilouette in the background, redrew the lights to subtly hint at spiral patterns, and also toned them down and blurred them a little... I'm not sure if I like th...
jedidia Art and Visual Media 13 165 01-19-2020, 11:43 PM
    Thread: O'Neill by night
Post: RE: O'Neill by night

Quote: -- What's the game about? -- It's going to be a couple more years until it will actually be "about something", but the basic concept I'm aiming for is "Darklands, but in a post-apocalyptic dy...
jedidia Art and Visual Media 13 165 01-18-2020, 06:14 PM
    Thread: O'Neill by night
Post: RE: O'Neill by night

Quote: -- Also, if you turn the image on its side it gives a bit more of an 'overwhelming scale' feeling? -- That is a pretty cool idea that didn't even occur to me. Unfortunately this is early pro...
jedidia Art and Visual Media 13 165 01-18-2020, 10:26 AM
    Thread: O'Neill by night
Post: RE: O'Neill by night

Quote: -- You have captured the difficult perspective very well. -- I'm cheating, of course. The scaffolding was done in Blender, then drawn over. I suck at perspective... Quote: -- it sort of lo...
jedidia Art and Visual Media 13 165 01-18-2020, 08:18 AM
  Photo Thread: O'Neill by night
Post: O'Neill by night

On the quest for a time-efficient art style with a bit of a rundown look. Also, first experience drawing the inside of a cylinder. Not that much out there to draw inspiration from for that... C...
jedidia Art and Visual Media 13 165 01-18-2020, 12:16 AM
    Thread: Cultural Groups and Conflicts in Y11K
Post: RE: Cultural Groups and Conflicts in Y11K

Quote: -- I'm considering various factions and social groups in Y11k Solsys suddenly presented with a group of people apparently from the deep past -- Ah yes, those times when you find ancient pop...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 27 347 08-08-2019, 06:01 PM
    Thread: Cultural Groups and Conflicts in Y11K
Post: RE: Cultural Groups and Conflicts in Y11K

I think the problem lies not so much in that it is difficult to come up with conflict. The major difficulty OA presents to a writer is the sheer amount of culture shock. Which, in a writing context, i...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 27 347 08-07-2019, 04:59 PM
    Thread: What are the oldest continually practiced cultural traditions in the Terragen Sphere?
Post: RE: What are the oldest continually practiced cult...

Quote: -- I thought of this question this morning while watching the reality competition show Big Brother. It's been on basically the entire time I've been alive and seems to still be going strong --...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 8 108 08-02-2019, 07:15 PM
    Thread: Current Era?
Post: RE: Current Era?

Quote: -- As I recall, Adam (a sometimes active member with a physics PHd who has invented most of our metric tech) had said that it is physically impossible to establish a common frame of reference ...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 19 203 07-26-2019, 10:55 PM
    Thread: Current Era?
Post: RE: Current Era?

I would imagine that they have some form of time synchronisation protocol propagated through the nexus, as that would be relatively important for communication overall. That might well be pretty abstr...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 19 203 07-26-2019, 06:18 PM
    Thread: Possible Leviathan Components
Post: RE: Possible Leviathan Components

Huh, neat! :D
jedidia General Setting Discussion 39 684 07-25-2019, 08:50 AM
    Thread: Possible Leviathan Components
Post: RE: Possible Leviathan Components

Quote: -- The computation happens in a thin shell right above the event horizon, as I understand it. -- So in that case the black hole itself would only provide the energy, right? The black hole i...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 39 684 07-25-2019, 06:28 AM
    Thread: Possible Leviathan Components
Post: RE: Possible Leviathan Components

Uhm... I just realised there's a little issue with turning a black hole into a supercomputer... For it to be any use, you'd have to get information back from within the event horizon. I imagine that ...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 39 684 07-24-2019, 11:06 PM
    Thread: Possible Leviathan Components
Post: RE: Possible Leviathan Components

Quote: -- The hole could also host a B-Brain that dwarfs anything Terragens are capable of creating. -- How about using a significant part of the mass to build clusters of computing nodes connected...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 39 684 07-24-2019, 07:28 PM
    Thread: Possible Leviathan Components
Post: RE: Possible Leviathan Components

Could they actually have measured its mass in that case? Really not familiar with the alcubierre stuff...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 39 684 07-23-2019, 11:14 PM
    Thread: Strong AI
Post: RE: Strong AI

Quote: -- A biological human coming to this planet would be completely unaware of the deception, unless e hacked into the brain of a vot to find out how it works. -- True. An interesting scenario, ac...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 35 359 07-23-2019, 10:47 PM
    Thread: Strong AI
Post: RE: Strong AI

Quote: -- so a von Neumann / serial computer could simulate a human being perfectly which is yet entirely unconscious -- Well, that at least sounds *exactly* like the Chinese room argument...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 35 359 07-23-2019, 05:41 PM
    Thread: Strong AI
Post: RE: Strong AI

Quote: -- It certainly would not be able to write a poem in Chinese all by itself, just using a look-up table. -- That depends entirely on the complexity of the lookup table, the way the available ...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 35 359 07-22-2019, 04:42 PM
    Thread: Strong AI
Post: RE: Strong AI

Quote: -- If a machine is doing the same job (defining 'job' to include not just performing tasks but being social, creative, etc.) as an aware mind to the point where you can't tell the difference, ...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 35 359 07-22-2019, 02:05 AM
    Thread: Strong AI
Post: RE: Strong AI

Quote: -- The Chinese Room is an 'intuition pump', but it fails on many, many levels. Searle imagines a human standing-in for the process of consciousness. I can certainly imagine a human in a room s...
jedidia General Setting Discussion 35 359 07-22-2019, 12:38 AM