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.

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Futuristic Traveling: Traveling With Style In A Volvo 360c?

Some supercars of today cost more than a couple cool million dollars to own, but how comfortable could you be in such cars when you got a Volvo 360c?  Unfortunately, this is only a concept so far, I think!  Nonetheless, I hope something like this could come sooner rather than later!  After all, I hate driving between states and prefer playing video games, watching movies, and listening to music while on move.  Often time I could find myself preferring to sleep than drive while on the move from one point to another point.  At the moment, driving means seriously limiting yourself while on the move.  Your eyes gotta be on the road 99.9% of the time to avoid any serious but avoidable accident so you could make to your destination safely!  I think something like Volvo 360c could definitely allow me to avert my eyes away from the traffic and allow me to concentrate on something else that I could enjoy while on the go.  Check out the video right after the break to see how cool a Volvo 360c could be!

Could Yes Also Mean No? Oh, The Realm Of Probability and Possibility!

I don’t usually think in a mathematical sense but I rather think in a philosophical sense… I think!  Anyhow, I love to wonder about the realm of randomness and probability from time to time.  It’s intriguing to me when I think about how large is the universe; it seems to go on endlessly without a border in sight like how earth got its own boundary.  Thus, I would think — could we ever calculate the possibilities and the probabilities of each possibility and the possibilities of each probability within our own universe?

The universe is so large and so we may not know where it would end so there could be a beginning of something else.  Multiple universes?  We don’t know really!  But I guess scientists out there got their own mathematical formulas and scientific theories to provide them some basics of a foundation to provide many inputs into a computer model so we humans can simulate a known universe.  Nonetheless, what we don’t know may not allow us to calculate what we want and wish to know — that is the beyond!

Quantum computing is gaining innovative developments each day.  This could allow us to have a much more powerful mean to calculate whatever.  I guess we could simulate a known universe in a quantum computer with more ease than how we’re doing with the traditional computer technology.  The question is, can a quantum computer help us sprinkle the probabilities and the possibilities of what is known and what is only a guesswork into our computer models so we could arrive at a point where we may discover more about our own universe?

I even question on the rigidity of theories and known facts because I think to go beyond one must take a risk in traveling the unknown seas — in a time when we have no idea and not a clue of what would lie ahead.  Could the rigidity of theories and facts prevent us from developing more knowledge?  Nonetheless, we cannot just simply enter a magical element into a well-developed computer model to simulate what we truly want to know about the universe, right?

But to think a fish cannot fly could be right on earth, it could be wrong on another planet when everything could fly!  Of course, I truly do not know if there is such a planet.  This is the magical element I’m talking about!  Thus, entering the probabilities and the possibilities of what if as if how we explored the unknown seas back in time.  Right now, our new unknown seas are the new boundaries and borders and stuff within our universe.

I also think if such magical element could help us discover more about the universe, could it allow us to calculate the probabilities and possibilities of a possible future — giving that we’re knowing some known facts and theories that would be married to a magical element or elements?  I guess the quantum computer technology could really help us here.  I skim some texts on probability through the web and they describe probability as events with yes and no such as 1 and 0.  Nonetheless, I question this as I ponder a fish could fly.  Why?  Sometimes, could yes also mean no?

Can Our Universe Expand Forever Or Expand Then Contract Later Just So It Could Die?

From Einstein E=mc^2 to the conservation of energy theory, these concepts agree that energy cannot be created nor destroyed — after all these energies existed since singularity (even before the big bang).  Thus, if I agree with these concepts, it means everything within this universe can be deconstructed into the smallest of the smallest possible units, and each of these smallest units could be counted individually in a way that if they’re to be reunited they could be constructed into the whole universe again.  The question is if this is the case, is our universe static in quantity?

I surmise there is another possibility!  What if the first scenario is true but there is one exception!  The exception is that outside of the singularity there is a bigger container that could feed more energy into the already constructed universe which we’re living in.  This could mean the quantity of our constructed universe could be changed according to the limitation of the larger container which contains our universe.  If this is the case it could mean that our universe could be shrunk in size and quantity by somehow shredding off existing energy and feeding the lost energy back to the larger container.

Relatively then, from within our universe, it could be that our universe is infinite since it could be expanded forever or be shrunk forever depending on the situation.  We don’t know the limitation of the larger container so we could only see the direction of our universe as an infinite expansion or infinite contraction relatively!  There’s a saying that nothing could last forever, and so we know that even the sun and anything else that exists within our universe got an expiration date.  I suspect that our universe could be expanded forever until the larger container stops feeding energy to our existing universe which would then allow this universe to contract and die off eventually!

Can the age of Automation Change How We Conduct Wars of Tomorrow?

Playing games like Total War: Attila got me thinking of strategies.  Obviously, keyboard commander here which is me got no real experience in this sort of things.  Still, I want to dig into this sort of things anyway.  So, I was thinking that since the Industrial Revolution, machines have allowed the world to be much smaller which has given way to faster communication, faster travel through hard to traverse arteries such as the vast ocean and so forth.  These monumental Industrial Revolution byproducts changed how the world conducted its wars, because before the Industrial Revolution wartime strategies had to account how much time it would take for something to be set up and executed.  Of course, in today world with advanced AI, Internet, Encryption, Quantum machines, and hypersonic missiles and so forth, we still have to account time as a necessary ingredient in wartime strategy.  So imagine how much more important it was for time to be an ingredient in wartime before the time of Industrial Revolution.  Nonetheless, I think we’re in the post-Industrial Revolution period now, because the age of Automation is upon us.

My question is, can the age of Automation change almost everything that represents the Industrial Revolution?  After all, we had witnessed how the age of Industrial Revolution changed things of the age before it, right?  In my opinion, I think the age of Automation will create and change things that will outdated if not all then most of the Industrial Revolution byproducts.  For an example, wartime strategies will have to be changed to fit with time in the age of Automation.

One thing for sure, in the age of Automation, time is an even more important ingredient than ever before, because everything will speed up so much faster.  Imagine the automation of Artificial Intelligence such as self-learning for machines that would speed up the intelligence of machines so these things can self-regulate and self-plan and self-execute directives according to common sense that the humans drill into these machines’ logic programs.  Well, I think since AlphaGo, self-learning AI has already actually happened.  In my opinion, self-learning AI may speed things up so much faster that may make human decisions in wartime seem to be outdated as if we’re comparing today supercomputer with the supercomputer of the 1970s.  Even better, we should use the analogy of quantum computing versus supercomputing of the 1970s.

As we achieve hypersonic technology to speed up the deliverance of weapons and travel modes, self-learning AI will be able to automate things at much faster pace than ever before physically.  Of course, this would force humans to have less time to plan than ever before when changes occur in wartime.  Unless us humans could predict the future, us humans may use self-learning AI to pre-plan possible scenarios of wartime changes to allow self-learning AI to be even faster in execution during a war.

Furthermore, self-learning AI could allow the automation of swarming tech to advance further.  Immagine a swarming of missiles that is capable of allowing each missile to be smart and carrying its own decoys.  The idea of blocking out the sun with swarming of smart missiles and decoys and at the same time preventing the negative chain reaction among the missiles could be very interesting indeed.  What could be automated in the air could also be automated in the sea, and so we could expect more of the same smart machines that would be self-driven to attack targets using the sea as the cover and a travel medium.

Weapons and AI could be categorized as the ingredients for tactical operations, but if one thinks bigger then one could see the accumulation of tactical events would paint a picture of strategy.  Over time, automation would replace the ways that we’re using to conduct a war in wartime.

It is normal for us to belittle continental powers of the past when they disregarded naval power even though some of these continental powers were faced with vast ocean fronts.  But we have to know that before the Industrial Revolution age the ocean was regarded as a natural barrier.  Some historic continental powers took such idea into comfort till disasters struck them down for good.

Some historic naval powers were overconfident with their naval strength and didn’t develop their land forces, allowing their only strength to be taken out by their smarten-up adversaries.  If I’m not wrong, the Phoenicians were a naval superpower but the Romans were not.  Of course, the Romans turned the tide against the Phoenicians when the Romans figured out how to build similar ships to the Phoenicians’ ones.  I think the Romans caught a sunken Phoenician ship on its shore and managed to reverse-engineer it to make copies.  Afterward, the Phoenicians were history.

In today world, I don’t think countries that border ocean would dare to favor land forces over naval forces or vice versa.  Why?  Natural barriers are no longer a big deal nowadays.  Nowadays we got technology that could go undersea, on the sea, on the land, over the land, invisibly in the air, and into space — think you can take any comfort in any natural barrier?  We could be doing all of these things in hypersonic speed in the very near future.  So I think it’s foolishly for any country to rely on outdated strategies of the past ages when such a country has to confront with possible adversaries in the age of Automation.

A country such as China is not only thinking about building up a modern naval force to protect the maritime silk road, but this country is also building up channels on land to tap into all possible solutions and scenarios.  Gone the day of Zheng He’s downfall when a new Chinese emperor thought maritime power was useless because he took the comfort of a natural barrier.  Could we afford to make the same mistakes today by relying on natural barriers and other misguided comforts?  I don’t think it’s wise to take any comfort in the age of Automation because I think even self-learning AI could be hacked into.  I’m pretty confident that wartime strategies for tomorrow will be way different than the past.

 

In A Haste, My Mind Ran Wild, And Aha, Time Is A Cup Of Tea!

I’m not a scientist, and so I won’t even bothered to pretend to be one.  I’m going to use casual terms and meanings to try to explain to everyone what I think time is.  In nature, time appears to be an arrow once shoots won’t be able to go back into the quiver.  Why?  It appears as if time travels only in one direction.  Which means, time is only moving forward.  Nonetheless, this would puzzle scientists as they would ask why time could not be rewound.

If you play a CD, DVD, or any digital storage medium, you would be able to rewind and fast forward recorded time, but real time could not be streamed backward.  In fact, many people who have regrets would love to wish that they could stream time in backward motion so they could jump into their past to fix their mistakes.  Nonetheless, it seems time could only decay forward.

I could be wrong but in some religions, these folks would promote time is a flat dimension in which this dimension would stretch on into the infinity.  They would argue that the clock is a manmade concept in which it maps relative, perceptive units of time.  Since time is an infinite to these folks, they would probably argue that the relative, perceptive manmade clock is creating a fictional timeline which would help humans to be able to weave out a history of time.

Many scientists nowadays believe Einstein is correct on how time is churning, because of his special relativity theory.  Basically, Einstein argues that time is relative to the observers.  If you’re on a spaceship that travels near the speed of light, time would move slower, but if your friend is stationed on earth time would move faster.  This means by the time you get back to him or her, this person would probably grow much older than you.  This phenomenon appears to allow you to travel through time, but only in a forwarding, dimensional motion.

I have a crazy idea, and there is no proof to back it up of course.  My imagination runs wild and I let it be.  Basically, I argue that time is like a cup of tea.  Imagine a cup of tea dips into an ocean of tea and extract out a full cup of tea, but before one drinks this cup of tea it needs some milk.  I would pour in a really good type of milk to improve my cup of tea, thus this cup of tea indeed is having a great future.  Nonetheless, what if I poison the cup of tea?  If I drink it I would surely have a very grave future indeed.

Imagine I extract a gazillion cups of tea out of the ocean of tea, and in each cup of tea I would either enhance it or sour it.  Thus each cup among the gazillion more would have a very different future according to what I would color it.  Imagine the tea inside each cup is time.  It’s more like captured or recorded time.  Nonetheless, this recorded, captured time is weaved almost as one with the fabric of the universe itself, thus when the tea begins to cool there is no way to warm it up again.

Of course, unless you have a way to jump out of the cup of tea, pick it up, put it in a microwave and start to warm it up again with godly microwave heat.  Otherwise, the tea will decay naturally and never get warm again.  Nonetheless, when you jump out of the cup of tea, what space/time have you jumped into?  Once you’re out of the cup of tea, you could pour it back into the ocean of tea.  Does this mean you create a new time?  Each new event you create with your cup of tea, it still seems to be impossible to revert time back in real time.

By that I mean when you warm up your cup of tea again, in your new space it means you’re just creating a new event with your cup of tea.  It does not seem like you’re reverting time so your cup of tea would travel back in time and become the original warmed cup of tea.  Nonetheless, according to Einstein, time is relative to the observers if I understand his theory correctly, this would mean the people who are inside the cup of tea would either feel like if they’re traveling back in time.  Because their whole universe is warming up to how it was warmed.

Given the condition is right which gives rise to an appropriate mixing of necessary elements to create the origin time period, perhaps this is how one would experience a reverting time inside a warm cup of tea.

If my imagination is on the right track with time, then I guess you could go back in time and kill your grandfather yet you would still exist in the future.  How come?  Once each cup of tea got filled, it is a universe in itself.  Thus what had happened in such a universe is and will always be existed in such a universe.  Like a forensic expert who could walk back the crime scene even though he or she isn’t there because existing matters would allow he or she to look back in time to figure out what had happened.  In the cup of tea, the universe won’t just erase its events unless you pour the tea out of the cup.

Basically, I think you could kill your grandfather in one cup of tea, and with the right conditions in another cup of tea, you would still exist.  This is rather confusing, but I think it does explain why I think you could travel back in time.  By this I mean you better find the right cup of tea to jump into.  With the right condition, the cup of tea would allow you to travel back in time.  Nonetheless, what other side effects and conditions you have created when you jump out of the cup of tea?  After all, it requires you to jump out of the cup of tea’s dimension into a bigger dimension so you could find another right cup of tea to jump back into.

In addition:  I forgot to mention that in our cup of tea, the tea could evaporate in time.  After all in our universe (cup of tea) water does evaporate — given it enough time — even though it is not going to be boiled.  So if I’m correct, can each cup of tea I’d constructed in earlier paragraphs be evaporated given it enough time?  If this is true, would our very own cup of tea (i.e., our universe) be very finite?  Personally, I think our cup of tea will eventually evaporate, but our species won’t be able to survive long enough to witness such an event.