What is true, what is false, what is wrong?With the rise of large scale misinformation, this question has become more and more important, as it seems political parties around the world have reached the escape velocity of facts.
Mr Musk is having a hard time, and even though I have great appreciation for his making engineering look cool again, I won’t relent as I believe his efforts are misguided.
Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. – Sidney J. Harris
Today, I’ll talk about Hyperloop.edit 12/18/2018: Hyperloop startup Arrivo is shutting down -The Verge — loledit 10/10/2019: Was the Ocean Cleanup Just a Pipe Dream? – Outside online
What if… the world goes round thanks to an inefficient bureaucracy?
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
– Eugene McCarthy
Think about it… the nazis were able to corrupt all of Germany thanks to the legendary rigor of its population – a case famously documented by Hannah Arendt in her series Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. (I, II, III, IV, V)Continue reading
A family tale goes that my grandfather, who was working in an ammunition factory near Chatellerault which became under German control during WWII. As he was ordered by the German command to paint the factory, he chose to buy buckets of red and white, and paint the factory with a beautiful bull’s eye ornament, what didn’t escape the British RAF notice. They were able destroyed the critical facility that fell into the hands of the invader…I’m not sure how much of this story is true. I do not have reason to doubt it, however!As we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the first world war, I can only think of the many ways, under the promise of surgical interventions, making war has become worse. But maybe — maybe — if we can keep the enemy from dropping bombs on us, we can be safer.
I was much impressed by a remark of Aldous Huxley, that we owe our civilization largely to the fact that vision is an objective sense. An animal with an olfactory sense or with hearing, however well developed, could never have created science. A smell is either good or bad, and even hearing is never entirely neutral; music can convey emotions with an immediateness of which the sober visual arts are inca pable. No wonder that the very word “objective” has been appropriated by optics.
Dennis Gabor – Light and Information
Hi there!Preparing for the new generation of synchrotron light source, I’ve just started dlsr.org (Diffraction-Limited Storage Ring), and created relevant articles on Wikipedia (entries for (Diffraction-Limited Storage Ring and Beijing’s High Energy Photon Source.)The goal is to have platform to share knowledge and ideas in a format more flexible than conferences and papers (it takes inspiration from Rüdiger Paschotta’s momentous Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology, though it does not aim to be as comprehensive!)Let me know if you’re interested in contributing!
In the past twelve months, I’ve seen 15 of my close friends living in the Bay Area having kids. That’s a lot, with more than one new cute little name to learn (Felix, Moritz, Ilya, Oliver, Hendrix…)Since most of my friends are about my age or older — 35 on average — and often in a stable relationship for many years, I am left wondering why the sudden spike.I came up with two reasonable explanations and a ton of thoughts! Continue reading