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    Thread: EG - Main Sequence Star
Post: RE: EG - Main Sequence Star

It would be nice to include in-universe examples for each stellar class, as well as short expositions on ways in which various stellar systems can be colonized, modified or disassembled. For instanc...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 10 100 05-23-2022, 12:37 AM
    Thread: EG - Orbital Elements
Post: RE: EG - Orbital Elements

Very nice. I wonder if we should include other elements, such as obliquity, axial precession, apsidal precession and nodal precession. Some objects have quite large precession rates, especially co-...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 4 37 05-22-2022, 07:12 PM
    Thread: Asteroids - Question for our Planetology Gurus
Post: RE: Asteroids - Question for our Planetology Gurus

Asteroid classification is significantly different to other kinds of planetology, since they rarely have a detectable atmosphere and so are classified purely on the basis of their solid content. We co...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 6 49 05-21-2022, 03:04 AM
    Thread: Reworking the terms used to describe galactic infrastructure
Post: RE: Reworking the terms used to describe galactic ...

There are a few other terms I've used in the past, or considered using. Comm-gauge wormholes might sometimes be called nanowormholes or picowormholes (the smaller the hole, the lower the bandwidth). T...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 10 92 05-11-2022, 02:45 AM
    Thread: question about the silent ones and aliens
Post: RE: question about the silent ones and aliens

The sentence about the alien servants dates back to Anders Sandberg's original article; here's the original sentence, from the Wayback Machine. Quote: -- Compared to any other species, the immortals ...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 18 158 05-10-2022, 09:37 PM
    Thread: Reworking the terms used to describe galactic infrastructure
Post: RE: Reworking the terms used to describe galactic ...

ThatOneGuy33 Wrote: (05-09-2022, 10:06 AM) -- This could just be me, but I find the articles describing the galaxies infrastructure just, kind of all over the place. You have: the wormhole nexus, th...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 10 92 05-09-2022, 07:24 PM
    Thread: OAUP Focus Initiative
Post: RE: OAUP Focus Initiative

I'm also keen on the Post-ComEmp era. At some point I might do a writeup on the Authenticity War, but I'll probably need help with that.
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 28 308 05-07-2022, 03:53 AM
    Thread: Cloaking Devices (was Arkab Prior A)
Post: RE: Cloaking Devices (was Arkab Prior A)

I remember an article about long-range wormhole detection that suggested that they would appear to have similar characteristics to a divergent lens under certain circumstances, so the idea is not a pa...
stevebowers Art and Visual Media 7 84 05-06-2022, 06:04 PM
    Thread: Cloaking Devices (was Arkab Prior A)
Post: RE: Arkab Prior A

Here's another, quite different form of cloaking device. This one uses ANEC-violating exotic (negative) energy to form a spherical divergent 'lens' around the object you want to cloak, a bit like a wa...
stevebowers Art and Visual Media 7 84 05-05-2022, 02:47 AM
    Thread: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond
Post: RE: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond

We use the term 'aioid', which we can use consistently to describe modosophont AIs. Transapients should not be referred to as AIs, except perhaps in a historical context when humans and other modo...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 18 128 05-03-2022, 05:36 AM
    Thread: Unsupervised AI Safety
Post: RE: Unsupervised AI Safety

2135 AD is a lot earlier than I would have expected, considering the complexity of the process of self-replication. On the other hand, biological organisms such as bacteria are capable of self-replica...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 17 160 05-02-2022, 07:25 PM
    Thread: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond
Post: RE: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond

The term transapient may not have emerged until some time in the Federation era; before that time, all S:1s would be considered AIs, and so would the single S:2 (GAIA). Quite possibly there could ...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 18 128 05-02-2022, 07:02 PM
    Thread: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond
Post: RE: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond

Right up to the end of the Federation Era, transapients were almost exclusively AIs, or at best entities using both biology and artificial processing together. Transapient entities which are purely bi...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 18 128 05-02-2022, 07:09 AM
    Thread: Unsupervised AI Safety
Post: RE: Unsupervised AI Safety

The large number of terraformed worlds in the Federation era is a relic of the influence of Anders Sandberg's BIGV scenario, which assumed that terraforming was acheivable in a relatively short timesc...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 17 160 05-02-2022, 06:54 AM
    Thread: Unsupervised AI Safety
Post: RE: Unsupervised AI Safety

Even with sophont oversight, I imagine that swarm control would be challenging. A terraforming swarm would be too complex for a single modosophont to control; it would probably need an entire institut...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 17 160 05-01-2022, 10:24 PM
    Thread: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond
Post: RE: Ahuman 'AIs' in early setting and beyond

I'm of the opinion that the main difference between hu-friendly AI/transaps/archai and ahuman AI/transaps/archai would be that hu-friendly entities are keen on looking after their human pets, while th...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 18 128 05-01-2022, 07:24 AM
    Thread: Keid (40 Eridani) revision discussion
Post: RE: Keid (40 Eridani) revision discussion

The early years can be integrated with the Expulsion and the Federation era, while later eras can be expanded to include newer and stranger trends and events. Since this is a very old system it can ha...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 23 208 04-30-2022, 12:18 AM
    Thread: Minor system tweaks that don't require their own thread
Post: RE: Minor system tweaks that don't require their o...

Thanks! In a few tens of millions of years there could be two white dwarfs in this system.
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 336 4,570 04-28-2022, 07:25 AM
    Thread: Minor system tweaks that don't require their own thread
Post: RE: Minor system tweaks that don't require their o...

I've added a few details to the Nu Octantis page, including a short description of a local culture. Note (of course) that this need not be the only culture described in this article, nor the most impo...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 336 4,570 04-28-2022, 04:29 AM
    Thread: Keid (40 Eridani) revision discussion
Post: RE: Keid (40 Eridani) revision discussion

I've always been a little puzzled as to why Anders Sandberg chose to place Twilight in an K-class system, rather than a red dwarf system. It could be placed in almost any nearby red dwarf system witho...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 23 208 04-27-2022, 07:14 PM