The goal of the Tradhumanist Research Program is to rectify technology with eternity.
This and The Fall of New Athens are companion pieces of theory-fiction written in collaboration with Samuel Barnes. Initiated from the same prompt they cover the optimistic and pessimistic cases for break-off communities respectively. Alan was having coffee on his porch when the Internet ceased to be. The prairie remained the same so he only learned of this three days later, when Martin came to pick up a freezer’s worth of bison meat.
As a software engineer in the Bay Area I got used to having breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided for me at no cost to my time. Since quarantine has hit, that’s meant a lot more of my time spent on food prep! I liked that extra time and want it back. Bay Agora is my attempt to solve this problem and more. It’s a (as of today proposed) co-living space where we share a chef, maid and laundry services, basically anything that we can pay to automate.
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.
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?