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Created 09 Jul 2021
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  • Oh, to Have a Flying Car
    08 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    Photo by Mehdi on Unsplash At this point I think it’s safe to say we won’t be seeing the flying car in our lifetimes. This isn’t because I don’t think that we have the technology to get a box with fou...
  • Reading Discussion
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Let us know what you’ve liked thus far by responding to this discussion thread. We’ve written about gunpowder, A.I., NFTs, simulations, virtual worlds, and so much more. We’d love to hear/see what you...
  • Approaching the Singularity
    06 Oct 2021 • 13 min read
    Wheels keep spinning around and round…As I sleep, I dream of electric sheep. Their bleating is that of popping toasting, bleeping Facebook messages, and the wailing sirens of police cruisers. Each has...
  • Will Super-Intelligent A.I. Find Religion?
    05 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 0 3
    Give me that old-time religion Give me that old-time religion Give me that old-time religion It’s good enough for me — Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Old Time Religion” Religion is one of those few constants ...
  • A Poetics of Virtual Worlds
    04 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with people there. I was afraid, all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. — Ernest Cline, R...
  • Do NFTs Dream of ERC721 Sheep?
    28 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Hold on to your teacups, we’re about to go down a rabbit hole, folks: At this point you’ve probably heard about these things called NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Lately the news has cycled between crypt...
  • War, War Never Changes (Part 03)
    22 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    John Lynn, writing in the Journal of Military History, concludes that Parker’s evidence concerning the growth of armies coming out of the adoption of the trace italienne, is suspect, at least in the F...
  • Simulating the World (Part 02)
    21 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    Simulating the world is a human obsession. You don’t hear scientists talking about monkey war games, or role-playing games, for that matter. You don’t hear about reports of goldfish, sharks, or octopo...
  • Simulating the World (Part 01)
    20 Sep 2021 • 11 min read
    I might as well confess from the beginning that I did not grow up playing tabletop (pen and paper) role-playing games. I was a wargamer from an early age. I played behind grand armies, rolling dice to...
  • War, War Never Changes (Part 02)
    19 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    In the previous installment of “War, War Never Changes,” we discussed the ins and outs of tense inter-state conflict in early modern Europe, along with the long-held notion that military developments ...
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