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.

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The Three-Body Problem Is A Wild Ride, But It’s Worth It!

I’d watched a few science fiction movies here and there, but my little human brain could only recall a few titles of these sci-fi movies.  I could probably watch them all over again and still be amazed at how much content within that I’d forgotten.  Reading sci-fi books?  Not really, but I’d just begun listening to sci-fi and fantasy books on Audible for two months or so already, and I like this a lot!  Just recently, I’d finished the first book of a hardcore sci-fi trilogy written by Cixin Liu.  The first book is titled as The Three-Body Problem.

I like how this book is setting up from the very beginning!  At the start, you thought the book is about a Chinese revolutionary historical piece, but it is rather a very good set up for what to come.  The historical set up is definitely a good foundation to build emotion and space and relations for the behaviors of intricated characters that would expand the sci-fi ideas within this very book.  I have to say, if you’re not following the book closely, you could be confused a bit later on, because the hardcore sci-fi information within could be hard to follow.  Nonetheless, I don’t think you have to know, like really understand, all the facts and fictions of it all to understand what is going on.  In fact, I could follow the book through and through by grasping the basic of the sci-fi ideas from within the book.

I think Cixin Liu is very good in this book in a way that he could provide intricate detail of emotion of various characters so these characters could make sense why they’re behaving in their unique way while the fantastical sci-fi vibe permeates throughout.  The first scene pulls me in right away as if I’m there witnessing the chaos of a Chinese revolution.  I could see the bullet entered and exited the soft body of a young revolutionary girl who waved the revolutionary flag.  The bullet went through the air and the girl fell down.  The revolutionary atmosphere was intense and afterward, I wanted more.

Although the sci-fi factor comes into play a bit slow, a good set up of emotion is definitely worth it as it breathes realism into much grander ideas later on.  Once the train got going, there is no holding back.  At times, I feel like it is rather overwhelming as hard science facts, fiction or not, starting to hit me left and right.  Nonetheless, I feel like I want more.  That is the beauty of this!  You know something is good when you want more of the hard stuff!

Anyway, I just finished book one, and now I’m so ready for book two and three.  The Three-Body Problem got many good reviews, and I’ve read somewhere online that somebody is trying to get a TV show going based on this book.  If you like sci-fi, I recommend you listen to this book on Audible.  If you like reading more than listening to someone reading to you, then you may want to get this on Kindle or on a hardcover.

Why The United States Fears Russia More Than China?

As president-elect Donald Trump may prepare to make peace with Russia, other forces within the United States are clearly against this adventure.  Since president-elect Trump has yet to take office, and so us normal folks would not know what will be the concrete relationship between United States and Russia.  If Russia will not truly warm up to the idea of making lasting peace with the United States, we may see a more confrontational approach between these two powerful countries.

I think many powerful people in the United States fear that Russia may become too powerful again to the point in which Russia can once again expand into areas that were once Soviet Union’s territories.  If Russia decides to do such a thing in the near future, a real conflict between NATO and Russia could very well play out in real time.  NATO is being watchful of Russia, and so NATO’s troops are not too far from Russia’s border.

United States is also worrying about China’s military expansion.  Basically, the expansions of Russia and China at the same time could mean big trouble for the United States.  If NATO gets weaken, Russia would expand and allow China to be more aggressive in South and East China Seas.

Since Russia can never rely on the United States’ friendship, Russia tends to move closer to China for obvious benefits such as economic and military ties.  Furthermore, Russia would not want to make China angry as China is right across Russia border.  I don’t think Putin wants to see China’s soldiers in millions pouring across the China/Russia’s border.  China and Russia are both nuclear armed countries, and so the notion of allowing the conflict to get to the point of confrontation is definitely not very wise.

Meanwhile, president-elect Donald Trump may want to make nice with Russia in hoping that Russia could play nicer in the near future.  This way NATO won’t have to be so active, and president-elect Donald Trump could have more freedom to deal with China alone.  Nonetheless, Europe would be very worried since Russia’s president Putin could be very unpredictable.  Nobody would know if Russia would never do another Georgia invasion into a NATO’s member country.  If president-elect Donald Trump isn’t careful enough, NATO’s member countries could take matter into their own hands and create the situation much worse.

If Russia is going to have a real conflict with NATO, the United States must come to the defense of NATO’s member countries.  This means the United States could not play nice with Russia.  Meanwhile, China is looking to push the United States out of the China Seas.  Furthermore, Russia is not feeling easy as NATO’s forces are too close to Russia’s border.  Basically, the United States if not treads carefully could face two fronts stemming from Russia and China.  If this to happen, the United States will have a tougher time to plan and carry out defensive measures against such confrontations.

Check out the fictional event in the video right after the break where Russia and NATO could face off in a real confrontation scenario.  Although the video is fiction, I have to warn you that it’s very realistic.  Watching this video may give you a sense of what might happen if Russia and NATO begin to fight each other.

Just A Suggestion On What We Should Aim For When Traveling To Another Galaxy

I’m no geek in space stuffs, but I like to watch Star Trek TV shows and movies sometimes.  Anyhow, whenever I see Star Trek’s spaceship such as the Enterprise, I dream that I could be on one.  In my opinion, space faring is very cool.

In reality, we can’t travel anywhere far away from our planet earth yet.  Sure, we can send robotic crafts to a distant planet, but such a planet would still be within our solar system.  Perhaps, making as far as the edge of our solar system is already a great achievement in our time.

Talking about space faring to a hospitable planet which resides in another galaxy is totally a fantasy still.  How come?  According to the Internet, the closest galaxy is like 25,000 light-years away.  Our human civilization might already be extinct by then if we’re not careful.

Traveling to another galaxy requires technology which we can only fantasize at the moment.  Warping in space is one of such technologies.  Another one is using a wormhole to take a shortcut in space.  These technologies require immense energy, and our current technologies are in no way near in having such advancements.

Nonetheless, if one day we can harness immense energy and know how to utilize such energy, I like to suggest that we should not build a spaceship like the Enterprise.  How come?  Such a spaceship is too small and not sustainable for generations of space faring creatures.

I think we should create a spaceship that is immense in size and has similar shape to earth.  Such a craft should be at least 1/3 of the earth size, because such a huge craft can sustain artificial ecosystems that are similar to earth.  This way, generations of space faring creatures can survive and thrive for a long time — making our way to another galaxy should be doable by then.

Such a craft may need a technology to harness the stars, and making such stars as if they’re the gas stations in space.  Warp and wormhole technologies are the must have technologies, because these technologies could aid in speeding up the journey to another galaxy.  Anyhow, as the human race advances, we may be able to see the children of much later generations to take on such a bold adventure — traveling to another galaxy.

No Man’s Sky Gameplay Episode 1 (4K – PC)

No Man’s Sky just came out yesterday.  In this video, you see me trying to play this game for the first time.  I’m playing this game in 4K resolution.  Anyway, as I play more of this game, I’ll try to make more gameplay videos for it.  For now, please enjoy my very first No Man’s Sky gameplay video.