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Unscrambling the Hidden Secrets of Superpermutations | Quanta Magazine
A science fiction novelist and an internet commenter made breakthroughs on a longstanding problem about the number of ways you can arrange a set of items. What
maths  sf  superpermutations  computers  algorithms  4chan 
15 days ago by pozorvlak
What if we had a warp drive? – Piekniewski's blog
Milky Way is probably 100-180 thousand light years across. Which means that with our "warp-capable" ship at maximal velocity of stunning 1ly/h (almost nine thousand times faster than light!!!) it would take 11-20 years to fly across the Milky Way one way! At that velocity the Andromeda galaxy would still be prohibitive 228 years of travel away. It would however only take 2.5 months to travel the galactic disk across the thinner axis.
space  sf  startrek  astronomy 
october 2018 by pozorvlak
A Matter Of Electric Sheep — Gavin Rothery
Deckard has Gaff's memories, which is why Gaff knows about the unicorn dream.
film  sf  fantheories  robots 
april 2018 by pozorvlak
Warhammer 40,000 is Predicting the Present - Outermode
I cannot unsee these patterns. A sane conclusion would be that, like Otis Eugene Ray and his schizophrenic Time Cube, I am fabricating causality when all I can read is the random heat of my dying brain. But the patterns will not go away. We stand on the precipice of millennium. We’re standing in a nonstop disco playing ‘Ghost Town’ by the Specials and ‘Her Name is Rio’ by Duran Duran, trapped in a decade that never ended, with the unholy light of the future shining in through the fire escape doors, irradiating Jeremy Corbyn like a nuclear messiah, the ghost of Margaret Thatcher transfixed as if in the beam of Peter Venkman’s proton pack. Eight-foot-tall power-armored Space Marines are kicking down the walls and outside in the howling warp gale Tzeentch, the Great Deceiver and Changer of the Ways, is laughing, laughing, laughing, a mad God drunk on sheer raw panic and Rabelaisian confusion. Somehow, some fucking how, narrative supplements published by a toy-soldier manufacturer from Nottingham are a better predictor of Britain’s future than electoral polling data, newspaper editorials, the commentariat, our entire, professional political class. They’re more accurate than the fucking bookies.

Chaos Reigns. Hail the Primarch Corbyn.
politics  funny  games  labourparty  grimmeathookfuture  sf  lifeimitatessf 
july 2017 by pozorvlak
AND THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON-PAGE 1
The narrator loses his girlfriend to a bleb formed from his Aeron chair, a massage blanket, and a vacuum cleaner.
sf  fiction  internetofthings 
march 2017 by pozorvlak
Paul Verhoeven · Interview · The A.V. Club
AVC: In order to get a film like, say, Starship Troopers made, do you have to sell the studio on a giant bug movie, then sneak in the satirical commentary?

PV: Sneaking in [those elements] was never something that I intended to do. They were all in the script. In my opinion, the movie got made because there were so many regime changes at Sony at that time, one after the other. Mike Medavoy disappeared, then Marc Platt came in, then Bob Cooper came in, and so on. There were five or six changes, and I don't think anyone ever looked at the movie! All the satire was in the script from the beginning, but they might not have been really aware of it, or had read it precisely. By the time one of them might have understood what movie I was going to make, he was already gone. The next group came in. I think we slipped through this labyrinth of changing regimes until finally the movie was done. By then, it had become a stable regime, but then, of course, the movie was already made. It was not that I was lying to anybody. It was already in the script, all this ironic stuff, all this hyperbolic stuff, all this playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society, that was all in the script.
film  censorship  sf  satire  ww2  interviews 
february 2017 by pozorvlak
Tony Stark is being lied to (by his own creation) | Sci-fi interfaces
This is a challenge to our ego being faced by both Hollywood and the world. As technology advances beyond our ability to keep up, we don’t want to be put in safe ball pits while the tech handles the adult stuff. We want to be at the adult table. We’re as megalomaniacal as Tony. Just as Hollywood can’t let its tech heroes all be drone operators phoning in to the fight, we want to be in the action. Or rather, we really want to feel like we are, and maybe they’ll evolve to help us feel that way, but keep us from doing harm. It might just be that sci-fi interfaces, as focused on the sciencish-ness and distracting spectacle as they are, really are the template for the future.
superheroes  UX  ui  psychology  IronMan  sf  fantheories 
february 2017 by pozorvlak
Earthquake Sets Japan Back To 2147 - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"The older generations can talk all they want about the virtues of eating meals in pill form and taking the moving sidewalk instead of the wormhole, but this is just plain deprivation, and it sucks," Shunji, 92, said. "It doesn't help that recovery efforts have been so slow. Why is it taking so long for officials to reconnect something as basic as the Neural Net?"
disaster  funny  japan  sf 
february 2017 by pozorvlak
Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People
What I hope I've done today is shown you the dangers of being too smart. Hopefully you'll leave this talk a little dumber than you started it, and be more immune to the seductions of AI that seem to bedevil smarter people.
ai  singularity  philosophy  ethics  sf  lifeimitatessf 
december 2016 by pozorvlak
Human Rights Act to be replaced with Warhammer rulebook
Gove added: “My office has been asked why we chose to use the science-fictional Warhammer 40,000 rules rather than the original Warhammer Fantasy setting.

“Simply, we are not barbarians.”
funny  gaming  sf 
december 2016 by pozorvlak
WHEN IT CHANGED-PAGE 1
Whileaway, a planet which has had no men for 30 generations.
sf  fiction  women  sexism  russian  lgbt 
december 2016 by pozorvlak
Siskel and Ebert Defend Star Wars | Chaz's Blog | Roger Ebert
Siskel and Ebert Defend Star Wars « against exactly the same accusations thrown against effects-heavy SF now.
film  starwars  sf  children 
december 2016 by pozorvlak
Strange Horizons - One Giant Leap
RT @Alteralias: Someone make a film of this. One Giant Leap via @strangehorizons
fiction  sf  venus  diving 
november 2016 by pozorvlak
the asymptote of utopia - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy describes a society that put scientists in charge, and hence approaches utopia asymptotically.
books  sf  science  politics  mars 
november 2016 by pozorvlak
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