Starships of Future Past

We have the wrong idea about future space travel. Our current technology has conditioned us to believe in spaceships as a sterile affair, all metals and plastics. This works for getting to the Moon and back, but if you’re like me that’s not good enough. The frontier beyond the Moon, beyond the Solar System–this is what calls to us. When one commits to this, one realizes this is going to be a one-way affair.
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Multi-Scale Stylized Neural Paintings

Stylized Neural Paintings generates oil painting strokes until it best matches some source input. I’d like to combine classical / sci-fi elements, so let’s try it out on this: I made this using these two source images. Let’s run in through the network and see what happens! Hmm… Not quite what I was looking for. So now we know the output of the network is always 512x512. What if we took patches at multiple scales and combined it into one painting?
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Beyond Quantity

This is an age of codes. Ultimately a code is a quantity: a particular code is one of a finite number of possible codes. As the age of codes the dominant metaphor is of information-processing machines. We apply this framing device on every level of existence: our neurons are tiny computing machines that create a larger computing machine we call the brain. Organisms are input output machines that take in materials x, y, and z and make them a, b, c.
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Mountain Labs

Eventually I would like to be in some sort of intentional rural community, as in Justin Murphy’s mountain mansions. Inside of these communities there’s opportunities to create new institutions – why not laboratories? Our current research institutions, the universities, seem to be in a bit of a crisis. There’s room for alternative institutions – why not have our own Manhattan Project in the Rockies? This all is insanely aspirational at this point, but seems worthwhile to aspire to!
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{It} goes like this

COVID revealed a truth: the US is brittle. There was a need for fast, rapid action. We have a SOP for pandemics: you close the borders. The nature by which viruses spread is not magic. Instead: the media sternly fingerwags that labeling the virus by where it came from is racist, followed by social measures held in place by shaming. There is a sputtering of action at the beginning, followed by nothing but yelling about masks for 9 months.
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