Sounds mostly sensationalist, so far. If I'm able to form a map of a video game level in my head, it sounds decidedly improbable that my hippocampus would "shut down" when the monitor's on my face. While it's important to research the long term effects of VR use on human subjects, and I can certainly imagine many… » 3/04/15 7:00pm Wednesday 7:00pm

There's already multiple viable solutions, though all the best ones involve rigging the future satellites with their own self-destruct systems before they've even launched that drag them down to the atmosphere once their job is done. But, for example, a giant ball of foam on an orbit that you want to clear will slow… » 3/04/15 11:59am Wednesday 11:59am

So...confessing to a crime isn't sufficient? I'm asking that question sincerely. It seems a little fucked up that someone could commit a crime and then, because they were super-careful about how they planned it an executed it, go into a police station and say, "Hey, that person that died? I did that. Good…

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"Allegory of the Cave" is this fellow's attempt to look smart, but it doesn't have anything to do with the topic at hand. It's simply a thought experiment that the world that we perceive may be an imperfect reflection of a higher state of being that we are not incapable of perceiving directly, because we're just… » 3/02/15 1:16pm Monday 1:16pm

The enormous distances of space are probably a major factor. The question is not if there has been enough time for an alien race to reach us, but if they have any motive to do so. You can get everything you desire in terms of material needs without ever leaving your solar system, until you're a posthuman immortalist… » 3/02/15 12:54pm Monday 12:54pm

Wouldn't be much of a convention if everyone present was just a telepresence robot. That being said, VR-based telepresence would be absolutely awesome for a wide variety of activities that aren't reliant on the social component. Imagine exploring the Himalayas from half a world away through a flying drone, or depths… » 3/01/15 7:47pm Sunday 7:47pm