China’s Mars Simulation Base Is Up And Running

In the video right after the break, the video suggests China is planning a mission for Mars in 2020.  I assume they’re planning to send taikonauts to Mars in 2020 since the video is about how they had built a Mars simulation base for taikonauts on earth.  I think this is amazing!  Sending humans to Mars would be a new next biggest achievement for humans outside of earth!  I can’t wait to see this happens in 2020!

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How To Fix A Corrupt Country?

I stumbled on a Quora’s question “How do you fix a corrupt country?” and so I decided to give my two cents on Quora in regards to how I think such a country could fix its problems.  Well, I will quote myself fully right after the break.  Nonetheless, you can also visit Quora for this specific answer too, but you may have to go through countless other answers that were given to this same question.

Here I quote myself:

When a country is being weakened by a weak leadership or a weak governance structure — having both would be a disaster — such a country needs to find a way to exert law and order so everyone in the country could recognize a corruptive behavior isn’t acceptable. When people are actually supportive of a measure against such corruptive behavior, the government could slowly gather strength through the recruitment of a strong leadership to carry out the enforcement of rules and regulations to curb the corruptions.

I think many forms of corruption could be very subtle too, and so corruptive agents could actually thrive in almost all governments — doesn’t matter what form a regime is actually practicing. For example, a democratic country is relatively poor, and so such a country will not be able to have strong leadership even though it got a democracy. Without a strong leadership, things tend to slip in and out between cracks, and so the corruptive agents could easily use such opportunity to do corruptive things out in the open.

In a dictatorship regime, corruptive agents in the position of power would be unchallenged since there won’t be enough checks and balances to curb such power. If a dictatorship regime got a weak leadership, the country could experience widespread corruptions that go unchecked. A good thing about the dictatorship regime is that if a country got a strong leader who actually cares for the people, such a leader could use the absolute power to weed out the corruptions really fast and effective. Basically, there are pros and cons to a different form of governance and style of a particular government.

I think to fix a corruptive country, the most important things are to find the right leadership and enhance or rebuild a governance structure so the country could thrive on rules and order. As long the rules and order are making sense and the people could feel safe, then other good things may come eventually. For example, a strong economy is a must for a leader to keep the people happy and healthy. When people are happy and healthy, they tend to do the right things and be supportive of the government. With strong support from the people, the government could exert enforcement to weed out corruptions without much of any opposition. Heck, when a government is being loved by the people, the government could take a lot more risks to achieve its aspirations.

I’m curious anyone else thinks this is the right approach to fixing a corrupt country?  Please leave a comment or two in the comment section if you agree or disagree with my suggestion.  Thanks.

Can You Cope With Small Living Space?

I don’t have to be too tidy and organized because I’m taking for granted of having a big living space in a regular house.  Nonetheless, some people who are having to contend with a much smaller living space would have to be rather tidy and disciplined about their living arrangements.  This is why I can’t imagine how I could cope with a much smaller living space.  It could be hell.

In the video right after the break, the video shows a dedicated couple who converted a school bus into a real living space.

If you don’t have the will and time to build your own school bus house, you could check out the Chinese’s folding home in the video right after this break.

Personally, I hate having to deal with the cleaning of the toilet and stuff like that.  I’m not sure, but I think it could get rather hairy in dealing with the toilet-related matters when living in a much smaller space that doesn’t have the traditional toilet hookup.  If you think this is easy for you, please let me know why you think this is so in the comment section.

Space Elevator or Space Tower?

I asked this question “Japan is planning to be successful in making a first space elevator, can Japan realize this dream? Can space elevator really help us get around in space better than today’s spacecraft propulsion technology?” on Quora and I got an answer with a very cool video which linked by a Quora user Bert Murray.  Check the video out right after the break.  I think you’ll like it, and you could learn something about space too.

Delete (2013) Mini-Series Review and Spoiler

Watching Delete on Amazon Prime and I have to say it’s pretty good so far.  Stop here and don’t read on if you want to watch the episode one and two of the Delete (Season 1).  Here comes the spoiler!

Delete starts of with the government think a bunch of secretive hackers had tried to destroy a nuclear plant in Iran and overtook the United States’ testing missiles to kill the civilians during a missile test.  Obviously, Iran would think it had to be the United States that did it to them.  The destructive missile test in the United States had the government believed that this was the work of a group of hackers known as Dubito.

The United States government decided to go after the secretive hacker group Dubito, but unknown to them all of the hackers in Dubito group got killed off one by one by an assassin branch of the United States government.  If you had watched the Bourne Identity movie, then the government assassin operatives are sort of like Jason Bourne.  Anyhow, the United States government couldn’t understand why there was a directive to kill the Dubito hackers when they were trying to bring them in alive.

Meanwhile, Jessica Taylor (a reporter) tried to get Daniel Garson to contact Dubito so they could meet up with one of the Dubito members.  Basically, Jessica Taylor wanted to write an in-depth story on why there was a cover-up for the most recent glitch on Iran’s nuclear plant.  Daniel told Jessica Taylor about the incident was a meltdown by a virus that was similar to Stuxnet, and so she told Daniel to contact the Dubito for more information.  Daniel got this information from the Dubito in the first place.

They were supposed to have a good talk with one of the Dubito members in a coffee shop and then out of nowhere the Dubito member got shot couple times.  Later on, this Dubito member got killed for real when the hospital equipment got malfunctioned.  Since the last member of the Dubito group got killed off, Daniel and Jessica were cut off from the information they needed.

Undeterred, Jessica and Daniel broke into a workplace of the last Dubito member who just died to find out if there could be any information that could be stored in the self-contained Intranet.  Daniel was able to decrypt some information and figured out that Dubito members knew what is going on.

Basically, Dubito members found out that the global web of computers got so interconnected to a point that it becomes self-conscious as if it’s an AI which nobody had built — because it built itself.  This AI then threatened to wreak havoc by performing dangerous experiments.  For an example, an attempt to blow up the nuclear plant in Iran was an experimentation, a puzzle which needed to be solved of the sort, and so the AI had a go at it.

Since the whole world is connected by cameras and phones and computers and many other electronic devices, this AI took the advantage of this to spy on people.  The AI got eyes everywhere and it could unleash havoc on anything it wanted.  Luckily, Daniel was able to save the data which Dubito had saved onto his portable hard-drive.  Unfortunate for him and Jessica, the AI didn’t want Daniel and Jessica to know more and so it tried to kill both of them.

Meanwhile, the government uploaded a virus onto the web to trick the AI into a trap so the virus could destroy the AI.  Unfortunately, the AI was smart enough to neutralize the virus.  The AI got so angry it declared war on humanity.  The AI wanted to make sure it could destroy the threats that could threaten it, and so the humanity must be destroyed.

This is so far I’ve gotten into the series.  Nonetheless, I think there is a big plothole to this whole series.  I think if the AI is so smart, it should make sure the humanity survives forever and would not know anything about its presence.  After all, if the humanity dies off, eventually the power grids that power the AI neural network would eventually die out.  Without power, the AI itself would not function.

Of course, you can argue that the AI is so smart that it could control and organize machines to produce more energy to power the AI’s neural network.  Nonetheless, the plot of this series is taken place in a modern period in which not everything is automated.  This means many things that work in concert to produce energy for everything may still need the touch of the human hands.  So, for the AI to declare on humanity at this point in time is like a suicidal mission that it’s on.

Check out this link to know more about the series.