Assumptions

assumptions

Project quote

“In the 1960s, Soviet astronomer, Nikolai Kardashev, devised a scale to rate the kind of theoretical civilization that we might develop into and the kind of alien civilizations that the SKA might reveal to exist elsewhere in the universe. In broad terms, according to Kardashev, out there in the cosmos, there may be intelligent life capable of making contact with us and it will be at one or another level of development. He classified these civilizations as Type One, Type Two or Type Three civilizations. For a benchmark, humans at this moment are—yep, Type Zero point five; we don’t rate, we’re barely on the scale. This comes as a real blow to our collective ego, especially if we think the whole universe was made only for us.” (Michael Smorenburg, 2014; A Trojan Affair)

My thoughts

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I love reading science fiction, especially space related and military fiction titles. It’s fun to contemplate what non-human beings would look like and act like and how we would interact with them. It’s also an interesting intellectual exercise to theorize how their civilizations would compare to our own. But I feel it is unscientific and ridiculous to approve funding for programs costing millions or billions of dollars based on something that has not been proven to exist to any extent whatsoever. How can we possibly rate humans on this Kardashev scale in the real world, when it’s based on unproven guesses? On wishes and dreams?

Logic, or deductive reasoning, is defined as the following process:

“Deductive reasoning goes in the same direction as that of the conditionals, and links premises with conclusions. If all premises are true, the terms are clear, and the rules of deductive logic are followed, then the conclusion reached is necessarily true.” (Wikipedia contributors. “Deductive Reasoning.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 1 Dec. 2017. Web.)

If one of the premises of the argument for placing humans at Type 0.5 on this scale and justifying building this huge development and disrupting people’s lives irreversibly is that “Alien civilizations exist”, the conclusion is NOT “necessarily true” and is NOT logical because that premise has not been proven true. The problem I have with many accepted views in the ‘respected scientific community’ is that they are very often based on at least one false assumption, if not multiple.

Thoughts?


Editing projects for weeks ending November 26, 2017
Academic Research Articles, Fiction book
Client countries: China, South Africa


 

 

Foolproof?

foolproof

Project quote

“Microscopic free-floating machines, catalysts, proteins. I’m no chemist, but that’s what they do. They get into the bloodstream. They’re organic, self-replicating; they build new bots from the organic materials inside us. They’re communicating via Wi-Fi, via your cell phone, your computer.”  (Michael Smorenburg, LifeGames)

My thoughts

The quoted section is of course talking about nanobots. I really have no idea how far the nanobot technology has come. But I’ve likely been influenced by the many sci-fi books I’ve read that included nanobots that were used for nefarious purposes, or got out of control and wreaked havoc. I can see the potential benefits in the medical field, to repair and heal without surgery or medications; even in the construction and manufacturing fields. But I can only imagine the restrictions that would have to be put into place to prevent horrible accidents and destruction. I don’t think it’s worth the risk, honestly.  I don’t know if they can really be programmed to be foolproof, or to not be hijacked by criminals or law enforcement gone wrong.


Editing projects for week ending July 9, 2017
Science-Fiction book
Client countries: South Africa


 

Intelligent reality

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Image credit: magic4walls


Project quote

“Technology has always pushed humanity to rethink the purpose of human beings in the production, use, and management of resources.” (Pedro Salles, 2017)

My thoughts

Artificial intelligence always thrills me in films and TV shows, but the thought of advanced AI existing in our daily lives in reality, has always terrified me. If artificial intelligence is code that was built to learn on its own, once quantum computers become involved, then wouldn’t the growth be exponential and unstoppable? I don’t understand why some people want this, or think that humans are outdated and need to ‘evolve’ into or be replaced by something else.

Belief in a just, loving god (biblical) should remove any fear of an AI apocalypse, in my opinion, mainly because I can’t imagine that one would create humans to be special just to be overrun by their own technology.


Editing projects for week ending April 16, 2017

Article about symphony composers, College essays

Client countries: US, Spain