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Marduq IV: We are away …

“This is Fleet Command. Reporting Mothership pre-launch status.”
Command on-line
Resourcing online
Construction online
Cryogenic subsections A through J online
K through S online
Scaffold Control stand by for alignment
Alignment confirmed. Stand by Release Control.
The Mothership has cleared the Scaffold.
We are away.”

- Homeworld, 3b Mission: Kharak System (Sierra)

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"The Mothership has cleared the Scaffold. We are away"

Why I loved Windows 8 Modern UI

“Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about … ?”

- “Angry” Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski


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Touchscreen!

Boy, did we have fun at Microsofts expense the past two or three years, didn’t we? DIDN’T WE. Haha. They had their metro interface, replacing the “start”-button. Ow wait, we can’t call it the “Metro interface” anymore, as it is now the Microsoft design language or Modern UI. My bad.

But for years every single blogger in Technorati has been typing and spitting on the proposal for a new Windows start menu, ie. tiles. It was ugly, bad, chaotic, stressful and clumsy. Whats more, people wouldn’t be able to find the start button anymore, so people would not be able to find their programs anymore.

Now I’m a great proponent of making computers harder to use. That way less and less people will be on the Internet, and we can finally have some peace of mind. But even so, the Metro interface was actually easier to use then the original start menu. Every keyboard in the world — except for those used by Mac Heathens, mind you – has a windows button. Use it. It actually opens the start menu. *angelic choirs*.

So, do I love Modern UI, because I hate macs and found the start button? No. Ow, well, because it further complicates computer use then? NO, it does the opposite actually.
No. The real reason I love the tile interface so much, is …

click on more to see why.

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Posted: May 8th, 2015
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Tinkering in the Rift

These remarks have a timestamp.

- xx

TIME STAMP: 1380964654

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 5 / 2013 @ 4:17:34 EST

I HAVE BEEN INTO THE RIFT. AND I HAVE TO TYPE IN CAPITALS, BOTH BECAUSE I’M RENDERING, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THAT IS HOW AWESOME AN OCULUS RIFT IS.

It REALLY only works in the Rift

TIME STAMP: 1380969654

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 05 / 13 @ 5:40:54am EST

I AM A SPACE FANBOY … WAIT … Rendering is Done now. Okay. Again; I am a space fan boy ever since I was a little kid. Everything space is awesome. I was so full of myself. I actually looked down on people who couldn’t name at least nine planets. And their moons.

Now, these days there are so many inner-solar-system objects with a name, that I can’t keep track anymore. Ever since Pluto became a dwarf planet, we’ve started naming every rock in the Solar System. Still, When exploring them with an oculus rift is AWESOME!!!

TIME STAMP: 1381533780

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 11 / 2013 @ 18:23:0 EST

Gnuif, before he dives into Ciess

Gnuif dives in the rift for Ciess on VRJam, http://www.oculusvr.com/vrjam/

Here on Facebook ( ? <– I don’t know what I’m doing ) or on google ( ? <– I really, fucking, don’t know what I am linking)

TIME STAMP: 1382922420

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 27 / 2013 @ 20:7:0 EST

Also this post on Oculus Rift Forums, that may help some people;

Actually, you can do real time image manipulation

You need to click on this to enlarge

Okay, with After Effects you can get a convincing Oculus Rift 3D view, by using the “CC Lens” (I think the CC-effects ship with After effects).
By Trial and error I found that a CC Lens, centered in the middle, with a Size of 60 and a Convergence of -100 will give the desired effect.

Now I had my Rift on loan for the weekend a couple of weeks back, so I can’t experiment with it anymore, but here is the simple setup, that worked for me.

The CC lens will emulate the HMD warp shader’s lens bending, and by creating 2 camera views in After Effects you can emulate, or recreate a z-buffer. I’m assuming that a HMD Warp shader can be easily set up with Adobe Pixelbender, but I did not have time to test that out. So here is the walk through of a poor mans HMD Warp shader in After Effects CS4

1) First create your scene, you only need 640 pixels in width, but I created mine in full width at 1280 pixels ( x 800 of course). It doesn’t really matter as we will be cropping it later on. Make sure your scene has 3D objects in it, moved along the z-axis, otherwise it would be pointless looking at it in the rift ;)

2) Drag your scene-Comp scene into 2 new compositions ( which are 640×480 ) make them a 3D layer, add a Camera and let the camera look at the scene-composition you just dragged there.
Now Position the camera’s slightly apart in each of the compositions. I have mine in the ‘left’ composition at 400,400, -1777 and in the right composition at 300,400,-1777. I assume that by playing with the x (moving them further apart) you can make the depth of your scene more profound while viewing it in the rift.

3) make a final composition, 1280×800 and put your 2 camera compositions in it, next to each other. Now apply a ‘CC Lens’ – effect to each composition and put it on size 60, Convergence -100. I found these values through testing, so they might be optimized, but they worked for me.

4) Finally, Render the scene and view it with the Oculus Rift.

5) Profit :)

image: http://xangadix.net/oculus/afx_oculus_rift.png
afx cs4 project file: http://xangadix.net/oculus/Oculus.aep

HTML5 Video for the rest of us

“Until now, video on the web has been stuck inside a little black box”

– – Brett Gaylor.

Together with the fine folks at Beyond Reality we’ve have upgraded our interactive video platform Marduq to a new HTML5, cross browser and cross device platform, with responsive design, web 2.0, ajax, jQuery, graceful fallback for old web browsers and all the other buzz words you usually find announcing such a product.

It even supports Wordpress embedding out of the box; Check out this clip from when we were VJs. With overlays, Comments Twitter and whatnot:

See that. SEE THAT! Ha. Ha HA haha ha. Pwnd!

So beside being an awesome HTML5-first video player, it is also an iPhone-, iPad- and Android-app that allows taking pictures and hooking them up with videoclips.

Wait, wut?

Okay, say you are reading an excellent magazine like Landbouwmechanisatie (with cool stories about farmingmachines) and you are reading an article about the New Holland t7,170 ( a Tractor ) and then you want to know more. Pull out your phone or tablet, download the app, and make a picture of the picture in the magazine (yo dog).
The picture will work like a QR-Code linking you up with a video review of that New Holland t7,170. Which you can than view at your leisure.

Not only will it show video, but as you can see you can add stuff, like titling, pictures and so on to the video, spicing it up with whatever you like, and these overlays will be triggered by the time-code of the video. So if Smith is interviewed and enters the video, you can add a little caption with his Linkedin information, background info and current GPS information. Whatever you can find on the interwubz about mr Smith.

Moar popcorn please!

Popcorn!

Now we’ve been working with time-based content in Flash for over 5 years, but in the wonderful world of HTML5 we are no longer lone missionaries preaching the gospel of interactive video, there is a whole scene at Mozilla who are working along the same thoughts as we have.

The good people overseas even launching something called Popcorn Maker. And popcorn maker is nice, and for everybody and it’s free to use, and it’s open source, and the world is more beautiful now it has arrived :)

With popcorn.js developer-people like myself can bake little gadgets and toys and playthings like this one.

Seriously

And there is more. Now shit gets serious, as I packed the Seriously.js web shader library in there. Shaders are like Photoshop-effects for anything visual in a program, but on an interesting mixture of speed an acid. And all in real time, accelerated right there on your Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). The code of those shaders looks like it’s on acid too:

//constant variables.\n' +
'const vec4 one = vec4(1.0);\n' +
'const vec4 two = vec4(2.0);\n' +
'const vec4 lumcoeff = vec4(0.2125,0.7154,0.0721,0.0);\n' +
'\n' +
'vec4 overlay(vec4 myInput, vec4 previousmix, vec4 amount) {\n' +
'	float luminance = dot(previousmix,lumcoeff);\n' +
'	float mixamount = clamp((luminance - 0.45) * 10.0, 0.0, 1.0);\n' +
'\n' +
'	vec4 branch1 = two * previousmix * myInput;\n' +
'	vec4 branch2 = one - (two * (one - previousmix) * (one - myInput));\n' +
'\n' +
'	vec4 result = mix(branch1, branch2, vec4(mixamount) );\n' +
'\n' +

But that is mostly because I suck at OpenGL. Which this isn’t. Not exactly. This is what they call WebGL, which is almost the same thing, only totally different, but at which I also suck. There is hope however, programming languages can be learned. Even these weird derivative languages that feed directly into your GPU. Sadly enough only Chrome and Safari support it. And the iPad is said to support it only in iAd, not in the ‘normal’ browser. Bastards.

In plain English: Shaders are a large part of what Instagram does, but I’m using it for real-time effects on my video playback. And yeah, it is pretty awesome like that.

Also in 3D!

But Wait!  There is more!
But this is still so extremely experimental that you might blow your computer. So please, use caution while clicking on this link. Here is another implementation of 3D on the web displayed.

You are now looking at threejs.org with a special implementation of a CSSRenderer that I cooked up over christmas.

This is extremely cool, because it allows me to render HTML boxes as text and pictures and well, as HTML in the CSS renderer and I can render cool and nifty special three dimensional effects like models, shaders and lights through threejs in WebGL. Sadly enough, video routed through canvas is pretty slow, so I need to route that through the CSS renderer, which allows only modest special effects.

But chin up, this is going to be the new interfaces for all your holoscreen setups of the future!

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Spider Jeruzalem already has a holoscreen, the bastard

Also, I want Google Glass. Now. No really, as in right f*cking now.

That is al very nice and dandy, but what the f**k does that toy of yours do?

Hm. Ah! yes, it’s a little mouse recorder — it syncs your mousemovements to the time marker in the video, effectively replaying your mousemovents as you play back the video.  Needs some polishing up, but I thought it was neat, and build with popcorn. And GML. Works great on an iPad.

#update 25/2/2013: NOTE from my lawyer; I made this! All copyright is held by ME! Or rather, by Sense-studios.com, for licencing fees and inquireies, please refer to marduq.tv or sense-studios.com, (or info@sense-studios.com)

Procreation, a prelude to the 22nd century

But the children of the future had learnt the arts, Immunity of mind, body, spirit and hearts, They kept on evolving ’til they the reached the stage, When the children of the future finally came of age. For death had taught them what life was worth, And had prepared them for the task of leaving planet earth. Then a starship came from deep within outer space, And took the children of the future to join the cosmic race. YouTube Preview Image - Apollo 440, Children of the future

As some of you may have gathered it has finally come to this; I’m going to be a father now. I’m not planning to bore you all with sappy thoughts on fatherhood and sound-echo-images of the child; but I have been thinking about the world and especially the future that my daughter will be entering.

Is this thing on ?

Is this thing on ?

Believe it or not, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this post. Even asked a lot of people their thoughts on the subject, and found that the future is always in motion. The question I’m proposing here is simple. What kind of world will my daughter grow old in. What will be the current state of affairs somewhere near 2112 ? And of course this all was written to have a good laugh somewhere near 2040.

Before thinking about the future, one has to think about the past first, so I compiled a little list of technology that has been invented the last 100 years:

1900 - Flight, vacuum cleaner

1910 - Radio tuner, Motion Picture

1920 – TV, Penicillin, Jazz

1930 – Radio telescope, Tape recorder, Jet engine

1940 - Color Tv, Computer, LSD, A-Bomb, ( hypertext ), Microwave

1950 - Videotape, Credit Card, H-bomb, Pill, Synthesizer, Solar Cell, Optic fiber, fortran, modem, laser, microchip

1960 - Moon Landing, audio cassette, practical computing ( like the game spacewar, the Basic programming language,  the Computer Mouse, RAM, arpanet and the barcode), Compact Disk prototype

1970 - floppy disk, LCD, microprocessor, VCR, pong, ethernet, MRI, cell phone

1980 - home computer, CD-ROM, mobile phones, doppler Radar, HDTV

1990 – WWW/HTML, Java, Human Genome sequenced

2000 -the Social Web, lab-on-a-chip

2010 - Interactive Television, Mobile Computing, Emergent Nanotechnology

Keep in mind that the development of technology is actually accelerating, which means that we will be making the same technological process of the past 100 years, in the next 50 years, and again in the next 25 years and so on. Here is a graph showing how that works for computing power:

Exponential Growth of Computing

So the next 40 years will be relatively easy to predict technologically, as the basis of these technologies are already here.

The single most important development in the next 30 or so years, is a technology that is already emerging and is called 3D-printing. The significance of being able to print anything, everywhere can hardly be over-estimated. Especially considering that the printing of human tissue like meat and bone is just around the next step (also being experimented with, with great success).

2020 - 3d printing, The Web of things ( also called 3.0) , self-driving cars, quantum computing

2030 - AI reaches human levels ( Robots do everyday tasks ), Mind/Machine interfaces,  Holographic television, vat-grown meat is becoming commonplace

2040 – Nanotechology becomes widespread, (human) tissue regeneration, lucrative mining missions to nearby asteroids, Y2K38-Bug

2050 - Cultural Boiling point, Singularity, Significant lengthening of life expectancy

And this is where things get difficult, we will probably reach what some call ‘the singularity‘ in 2045, incidentally, by that time my daughter will be the same age as I am now.

You can follow the links and read up on what that means, but in short there is a fair estimate that humans will no longer be the smartest things on the planet. Computers and artificial intelligence will outsmart us by far, as a $1000 dollar computer will have the processing power of all human minds combined. Nobody exactly knows what this means, but we will be able to process and generate more information in seconds, than we have generated and processed in the 5000 years before. This too is a logarithmic scale.

After that, what happens is anybodies guess, but for the purpose of this article, I’ll assume that we just go on living and are able to keep on to an ever accelerating pace of technological advancement.

Now there are three ‘black swans‘ in the coming years, actually there are many more, but the problem with black swan events is that they are hard to predict. So here goes:

Faster then Light Travel

We currently assume that the fastest way that anything can travel anywhere is at the speed of light. This means that reaching the nearest star ( Alpha Proxima Centauri, 4.22 LY) or at least the nearest star of which we know has a planet ( Gliese 581, 22 LY ) takes at least 4 and 22 years. As we are unable to actually reach the speed of light the duration of a trip to any of these stars would take hundreds or even thousands of years on known propulsion methods. Even if we perfected our most promising propulsion methods, like solar sails and nuclear fission, we would at best reach something like 10% of speed of light. Proxima Centauri would still be 40 years away at that speed, and Gliese 581 would still take well over 200 years to reach.

There is however a rather serious proposal of sorts called the Alcubierre Drive ( basically a Warp engine from Star Trek ) and a more exotic theory proposed by a German fellow named Heim Theory, explaining how space-time might be expanded and contracted to actually build an Alcubierre Drive using massive magnetic forces.

Now if somewhere, someone comes up with a workable theory or prototype to reach faster-then-light speeds, within the coming decades, that would mean all bets are off instantly. If distances of say 10 lightyears could be travelled in months rather then decades, we would be able to visit nearby stars and explore and colonize our own solar system with ease. Hell, at those speeds we could travel across the milky way within 1000 years!

In this article however I’m assuming that we do not come up with a workable solution for the FTL problem, and base all forecast involving space travel, on the axiom that we only perfect existing means of space travel (ie. solar sail, nuclear propulsion etc.)

Understanding of Gravity

It’s almost incredible when you think of it, but science can’t make heads or tail of this crazy little thing called Gravity. Yes, we know that mass generates gravity, and since Einstein we know that this is probably caused because (large) mass disturbs space-time. And that is about it.

We know what it does ( keeps planets in orbits, pulls us towards earth etc. ) but we have no clue as for how and why. If somebody somewhere was to postulate a coherent theory for gravity, allowing us to manipulate and generate gravity we can start building flying cars, faster-then-light engines ( see the prior paragraph ) and start generating almost infinite amounts of energy.

Alien Contact

This is actually a no-brainer, but alien contact, like an epidemic or a world-war would alter our flow of technology. Even if the aliens were just far away and we only got a glimpse of them, we’d probably start making rockets real fast. If they were to visit us however, we find ourselves making weapons on a massive scale, real fast. Finally if they are just here, to run a galactic super highway right through our planet… well, we would be fucked.

To finish it of, alien contact, like all black swans in the list, could have happened yesterday and throw of every reasonable prediction of future technology. If no black swan occurs, these predictions might carry out in a reasonable fashion. It was quote doable for Jules Verne to predict a moon landing and a sub-marine. The internet and the rise of the information age was also quite predictable in the late 19th century. As were flight and the automobile.

The only problem is that although the concept of future technology may be right, the actual implementation and utility is usually way of. Leaving the people in the future to have a good laugh at your expense.

The book reader of the future (April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics)

The book reader of the future - April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics)

So for the remaining 70 years I’ve tried to incorporate some black swan-events on the list, extrapolated other technological trends that seem reasonable for the late 21st century.

2060 - (Commercial) Space exploitation takes of, Permanent Human presence on the Moon, Mannend mission to Mars, Man/Machine merger. Completely customized designer babies for the rich. Teleportation of molecules.

2070 - laser powered nuclear fusion, Unmanned probes to Sedna and the Kuiper belt, Replicators become common.

2080 - Picotechnology leaves the prototyping phase, Antartica becomes habitable, break-troughs in our understanding of Gravity

2090 - Manned missions to the Jovian system, Teleportation or larger objects leaves the prototyping phase

2100 - Manned mission to Saturn, Contact with an alien civilization

2110 – Invention of an FTL drive, moving into a type I civilization

Note that I’m focussing solely on technological advancements. I especially left any social, political, environmental and demographic influence out of the list, as they tend to over-complicate matters and are harder to predict with any accuracy.

A final thought

So, what kind of world will my little girl finally grow old in ? Chances are it will be a cleaner and more healthy world. There is a fair chance that limbs and other body parts can be grown back and that most common diseases are treatable. Also the life expectancy will probably be much higher.

We have left the days of the information age well behind us, the web and screens will feel the seem way old radio’s and photographs feel to us now. Computers are as inspirational and fun to be around as regular people, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we had implemented some form of equality act for robots and other intelligence, artificial or otherwise.

In this new age of abundance of information, instantaneous experiences through virtualisation and communication, our last real effort is exploration of the stars.

Unless we all go out blast to bits by an anti-matter bomb or sucked in to a rogue black hole.

sleep

"I never worry about the future. It comes soon enough." - Einstein

This entire post was an elaborate scam to post pictures of my adorable daughter, but you knew that, right ?

Posted: September 3rd, 2012
Categories: media, nerd, philosophy, propaganda, research, technology, weird
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Write ALL the code in Javascript

“Hi. You’re going to call off your rigorous investigation. You’re going to publicly state that there is no underground group. Or we are going to take your balls. Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we connect your calls, we guard you while you sleep. Do not fuck with us.”

Tyler Durden, Fight Club


http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3pcw1x/

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3pcw1x/

It is everywhere now. Javascript.

I’ve been bumping my nose into more and more javascript these days. It seems that slowly but surely everybody is writing javascript now. I was to blame Steve Jobs and the whole HTML5-frenzy some three years back, but truth be told, it all started earlier.

Maybe been as early as that whole AJAX bandwagon that rolled out in 2005. But truth be told, javascript was around when I was typing away tables in HTML back in 1999. Then it was this nasty, ugly and bulky language. It was only good for knitting long strings of functions together in an inedible garble that had to be rewritten for every single browser. And Macromedia’s Dreamweaver made the ugliest javascript of all.

So I went on, learned Flash, learned a couple of more programming language and then starting to find more and more javascripts doing these little things… Connecting a mousewheel to Flash apps… Hooking up urls-anchors to Flash pages… providing google with analytics information, providing a nice hover for my menus and so forth. All the while all that javascript simply lay there. As dust piling up in the corner of the web. This massive amount of Javascript.

Everywhere.

Of course it didn’t take long before somebody came along and actually wrote a good metalanguage upon javascript to make it more browser – and more coder - friendly. First there were things like javeline, ajax.org and mootools; but soon JQuery became something of a winner. Finally javascript was able to do those nice manipulations of the dom swiftly and elegantly; The little things on webpages; making menu’s hover and images flip, animate and flurp.

JQuery made my day. I actually wanted to write a post: “‘JQuery’, or why I stopped worrying about Flash and started to love Javascript”, but I never did, because I hadn’t anything to add to the discussions that wasn’t already said on some other blog. The title remains very nice though, glad I finally could use it in a sentence.

Later I found out that they are recreating everything I did the past 5 years with Marduq in Javascript under the umbrella of Mozilla in Popcorn. – Very nice to find some like minded people and they do it it very fine indeed – so you’ll find some crazy popcorn experiments here, soon.

Then I heared they have brought javascript to the server. You can write Javascript in a V8 engine residing on your server and connect, or call to it, through the clients app (be it mobile, desktop or whatever … ) in node.js. No need to sidestep with Ruby, PHP, Java or ASP … !

Finally, I was looking this weekend into some weird interface devices for veejaying and came across a program called “Control“. So I was looking at the website over at http://charlie-roberts.com/Control/ and started to read. Now Control is is basically a scripted interface for mobile devices to create Midi controllers (long story, very cool  ) and found that the scripting language of the whole thing is ………….  friggin javascript. JavascriptJAVASCRIPT…. JAVASCRIPT EVERYWHERE!

Posted: May 20th, 2012
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Masks of the Anon

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

- Henry Ford

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'Masks of the Anon',Free after David Macks 'Skin Deep' issue from the Kabuki Series

Half of the internet has been blacked out, and the other half is busy talking about it. One would think that such an event would send a clear signal to the powers that be. Allowing corporate forces to control the free flow of information is not, I repeat not a good idea.  How many times do we have to repeat ourselves before we learn that corporations and industries don’t act in the best interest of ‘the people’.

learn more at wikipedia
help to stop it

#Update: Explenation of the implication of SOPA at Khan Academy

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Posted: January 18th, 2012
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Our culture is reaching the boiling point

“As I understand it, at the last count human information was doubling around every 18 months. Further to this, there is a point somewhere around 2015 when human information is doubling every thousandth of a second. That means that in each thousandth of second we will have accumulated more information than we have in the entire previous history of the world. At this point I believe that all bets are off. I cannot imagine the kind of culture that might exist after such a flashpoint of knowledge. I believe that our culture would probably move into a completely different state, would move past the boiling point, from a fluid culture to a culture of steam.”

from ‘The mindscape of Alan Moore

Yes, you have to spent well over an hour listening to the man who gave us Watchman. And who also came up with the dresscode of the global Occupy movement in ‘V for Vendetta’. He may be a bit eccentric, but remember that Alan Moore forsaw important parts of the future in his visions. In this video he argues that after the ‘cultural boiling point’, all bets are of, as we move from a fluid culture to a culture of steam.

Now press play on tape:

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He traffics in fiction, not in lies.

Complexity – Secret Life of Chaos

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

- Douglas Adams, the restaurant at the end of the universe

This is worth an hour of your time:

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#UPDATE, BBC has removed this video, so I’m switching to the Chinese video sites;

try: http://www.56.com/u18/v_NTY0ODgxNzU.html
or : http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/_VwaafYgKoY

Here is the chatlog on this one; includes tags and videos:

* FatChat
<00:16> Complexity_-_secret_life_of_chaos_-_bbc_2010
<00:25> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF7gdlTrCQY
<00:55> carbon, water, air ...
<02:34> okee, klinkt vet :)
<02:38> ORDER and CHAOS
<02:54> vette visual
<04:11> /wiki alan_turing
<04:36> http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing
<04:50> enigma ?
<05:39> mathematical equation for human intelligence
<06:56> morfogeism ?
<07:34> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphogenesis
<07:39> self-organisation
<08:29> citaion needed
<10:04> citation needed
<10:08> vette pic!
<12:48> fucking matrix
<14:18> female hormone injections ?
<14:24> what hormonens?
<14:55> xlife
<15:31> vette visual
<16:20> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Pavlovich_Belousov i think
<16:21> pic seems ligit :p
<17:39> ?!
<17:55> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belousov-Zhabotinsky_reaction
<17:56> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Belousov-Zhabotinsky_Reaction.gif :D
<21:47> nice industrial visuals
<24:01> on newtonian physics
<24:06> wiki\
<24:26> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton
<25:09> zou het klokken kunnen syncen op 2 verschillende plaatsen ?
<25:09> = note, dan ebberts; after effects expressions
<26:24> nice visual
<26:34> CHAOS!
<26:36> KAOSSSss
<27:10> lol juressic park reference!
<27:47> Lorenz
<28:14> http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrik_Lorentz
<28:49> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Norton_Lorenz
<28:51> last one is the right one
<29:32> butterfly tornado guy
<29:50> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect
<30:51> quote: end of the newtonian dream
<33:41> spontaneos pattern emergence?
<35:05> coupling or feedback
<35:40> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_Theory
<35:43> whahahaha
<35:49> video feedback :)
<36:16> bwahahahahahaha
<36:23> vette installatie met de lucifer
<37:03> spooky bit
<38:24> diffusion ?
<38:31> quote pattern is waiting to happen
<39:06> mandelbrot
<39:19> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot
<39:28> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beno%C3%AEt_Mandelbrot
<41:52> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_similarity
<42:05> boom van pascal
<43:02> fractal
<43:12> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal
<44:08> lol
<44:11> thumbprint of god
<44:52> z=z^2 + c
<47:42> wow
<48:34> far fetched :p
<49:19> evolution
<49:29> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution
<51:19> the Computer
<52:08> wie is dit ?
<52:15> follsom ?
<52:27> folsen ?
<54:07> wow ?!
<55:14> self organisation
<57:37> and god said the word, and the word was god
<57:50> johannes ?
<58:54> BBC4
<58:54> subs

Moar:

The original FatChat(tm) on Marduq
A new interpreter for wiki using popcorn

Singularitarian Anonymous

“How you doing, Dixie?”
“I’m dead, Case. Got enough time in on this Hosaka to figure that one.”
“How’s it feel?”
“It doesn’t.”
“Bother you?”
“What bothers me is, nothin’ does.”
“How’s that?”
“Had me this buddy in the Russian camp, Siberia, his thumb was frostbit. Medics  came by and they cut it off. Month later he’s tossin’ all night. Elroy. I said, what’s eatin’ you? Goddam thumb’s itchin’, he says. So I told him, scratch it. McCoy, he says, it’s the other goddam thumb.”

When the construct laughed, it came through as something else, not laughter, but a stab of cold down Case’s spine.

“Do me a favor, boy.”
“What’s that, Dix?”
“This scam of yours, when it’s over, you erase this goddam thing.”

- William Gibson, Neuromancer

It appears that my thinking on immortality catagorizes as “singulatritarian“.  I wasn’t aware of that and nobody bothered to come around and tell me that. I had to read it in Time magazine.  Kurzweils thesis is quite interesting and a heavy influence on my own thoughts on computers reaching near-human intelligence.

Exponential Growth of Computing

The Theory of Kurzweil is simple, yet elegant. It all starts out with Moore’s law, which states that “The number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years”. This law has been surprisingly consistent the past three decades or so. Put another way; computational power for a standard desktop computer (or any computer for that matter) doubles every two year. This inevitably leads to a logarithmic graph reaching up, up and further up, towards a computer with near-infinite computational power.

Now take Moores law and plot it on a timeline, adjust a bit for computational powers – calculated in operations per second – and try to figure how many of those operations a human brain does. Here is where the whole thing starts to reek a bit, but I’ll get to that later. Kurzweil assumes that a human brain does about  1000 trillion operations per second, which is just about the speed of the latest supercomputer ( at least according to this article ).

Within a few years ( somewhere near 2015) our desktop computers will reach the computational level of the human brain; but more importantly, as Moores law progresses, we’ll have computers with the computational power of all human brains around 2040’s or thereabouts. This point in time Kurzweil calls the ’singularity’. Any prededictions beyond that point are meaningless because we, humans, will no longer be the most intelligent being on this planet.

“What we do know is that sometime in the early 21st century all of mankind was united in celebration. We marveled at ourselves as we gave birth to AI”
- Morpheus in “The Matrix”

To Kurzweils credit, he has done a lot of predictions that actually came true (among which the prediction that a human would be beaten at chess by a computer around 1998; it happened in 1997).  Although I do believe in simulation of human intelligence, I doubt very much if consciousnesses will come into the machine in 2015 or thereabouts.

Another problem with Kurzweils projection is the hypothesis of “the Quantum Mind” (or Quantum Consciousness) .  Roger Penrose, the famous mathematician, together with Stuart Hameroff developed a thesis now catagorized under the name “the quantum mind“.  It states that the brain does not only function on a molecular level, but also on a submolecular or quantum level. Now I won’t go into that to deep, since this theory has many quirks of its own, but I’ll try and jot down the git of it.

Hameroff, an anesthesist, wondered about people having memories of surgeries they had. Some people could recount details of an operation, while they under narcosis. Maybe, he figured, the mind operates on a lower level then we assume where some quantum effects take place; like quantum entanglement. Maybe the mind keeps together while in a sedated state and can even travel outside the body without losing cohesion. Now I know, this sounds very far out there, but it appears that there is some evidence that the brain actually has some parts ( the microtubule to be excact) that operate on sub-atomic level.

Now a friend that actually scans human brains in an MRI machine for a living estimates that the size of actual quantum processes are of by a factor 100 (at least). That is to say, most processes in the brain take place on a scale that is a hundred times bigger then the quantum universe. Penrose argues however that physicists see the universe either as Newtonian ( classic physics, relativistic physics, ‘big’) or on a quantum scale. Surprisingly little research has gone into places where those two world meet, like – presumably – in the microtubule.

Either way, if the brain can tap into this little known world of extra processing power – 100 to 1000 times smaller – and if the brain is indeed  capable of processing cubits, then we shouldn’t be measuring the human brain against a 1000-trillion-operations-per-second-computer but against something in the scale of 100.000 trillion cubit computer.
Which is to say, a computer that is much bigger then what we will have developed the coming century. I must point out though that Moore’s law is logaritmic in nature, which means we will get there eventually as computing power will increase up to an almost infinite level.

Penrose came to the same conclusion as Hameroff in a much more pragmatic way. Penrose considered Godels theorem, which in essence states that a system can never undestand a system of which it is itself part. So humans can never understand the universe completely as we are part of it. Neither can the brain understand itself, as it is of course part of itself.  Ergo; we can never build a computer that emulates the brain, as we are using our own brains to create it.

Quoting it directly from Wikipedia;

“Penrose presents the argument that human consciousness is non-algorithmic, and thus is not capable of being modeled by a conventional Turing machine-type of digital computer. Penrose hypothesizes that quantum mechanics plays an essential role in the understanding of humanconsciousness. The collapse of the quantum wavefunction is seen as playing an important role in brain function.”

I admit that I had to take a little detour, but I’m getting to my point in a bit.

Remember that I said the human brain will not be running on a computer any time soon, at least not in the coming century because of the quantum processes that might go on in there. That doesn’t mean the brain can’t be simulated on a computer in the next decade or so. That we can’t write a program that pretends to be a person and does it so well, that it fools us all.

As I’ve said here, and perhaps more profoundly in my article about being the first immortals, I do believe that some of us – of our generation – will be among the first immortal beings. Even though Penrose seems to be a terrible spoil sport in this regard.
The question I raise is philosophical; does it matter that we’re not actually simulating a real brain. That we’re merely simulating a person up to the point that is consistent enough with the actual flesh to fool everbody else. ( Or to pass the Turing-test). Here’s how I put it earlier;

“My personality can be uploaded or at least be simulated within 50 years. After I die my children and grandchildren will be able to talk and converse with me long after my death. I will be able to reflect and think about the times ahead and about the state of the world in 2070 and beyond.”

Is the simulation me? Or is the simulation my former self, a mere replica, a construct of a person?

“Now of course my immortal personality is simulated; but the human brain doesn’t make that distinction; if my virtual self has lived for 300 years, the simulation is, arguably, more ‘real’ then my own, fleshy, personality as it has ‘lived’ longer then the original. Simulation is not as bad as most people would think. Baudrillard argues that although we might think different, most of our perception is created upon simulated experiences. And even ‘real’ experiences are nothing more than fragments of real observation added with closure.”

And that is where things get Philosophical; let’s say both men are partially right, and we are able to simulate humans in such a way that is completely indistinguishable to others (to other humans). That would mean that we are probably postponing the ’singularity’, but we are then nearing a Ghost-in-the-Shell-like future (or Asimov-like future, whomever you prefer). We  have to ask ourselves what we believe consciousness really is. A future in which machines we’ll ask us if they do not deserve to be called conscious as we do.

And this will all occur well within our lifetime.

Breaking Flash references through serialization

Here is to Google: this article needs to be found by As3 Flash and Flex programmers on the keywords: serialization, JSON, encoding, decoding,  referencing, object referencing, breaking referencing and complicated objects, Resistance is futile. Programming, actionscript. Flash hack, and the final way to un-reference objects in flash.

So here is the git of it; when you want to break references in as3 for a copy or a clone you usually need to get the stuff out of an object and put it back in again; this is hard with complicated objects, but luckily this exactly the same as serialization! for instance through JSON, which is already available in the neatly packed library Casalib

So your copy can be written as:

var copyObject = JSON.decode(JSON.encode( originalObject ))

Well now. I intended to write this in such a way that everybody would be able to understand this, but after a few days of pondering, I’ve decided that that would never work. So I’ll try to keep it brief and interesting, but if you have no idea what as3 is, or referencing for that matter; I’m not sure you’ll get this. Still what I’m writing here is about sheer brilliance and beautiful insight AND I have a picture of the Alien Love Messiah:

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Posted: February 6th, 2011
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Yes, we leak (part 2)

The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta,
held as a votive,  not in vain,
for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

- V in V for Vendetta

And so it came about that the internetz went to War with the rest of the world, and governments and corperation got a serious hadeache while teens and script-kiddies bombarded their servers and molested their homepages.

And then this may be a bit childish, but it is out there nonetheless.

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What to do then? — well, you can go down to Sourceforge and download something called an “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” (when Nukes fail). Or go down on IRC and see the kids play; irc.annonops.net, #wikileaks and #operationpayback. Spread the word, read the cables, pubish.

Also, you might want to give my new tooly a spin; easy web based hammering of services, and monitoring if the current targets are still up. Wait? Wut?

Operation Avenge Assange Monitor

Operation Avenge Assange Monitor

Now this isn’t fully functional yet, and especially the web based version needs to use a terribly slow proxy of my own design; but when downloading the .exe, and using it stand alone works just fine. And no, I didn’t pack it with a nasty virus or a terrible trojan to f*ck your system. … yet.

So get out of here and try the Operation Payback Monitor

#UPDATE 12/14/2010 through overwhelming succes, and the fact that I actually DDoSsed myself by accident, the page has been taken offline. Operation Payback is over for now. Gentlemen, silence your weapons.