The 20th Anniversary of the Biggest Tech Scare in History: What Lessons Did We Learn from Y2K? What Forgotten?
by Alex Vikoulov [Posted November 8, 2019 11.00 am PST]
At the turn of the millennium, Y2K threatened to kill us all, or at least, that's what doomsayers used to sell
At the end of 1999, there was a lot of excitement in the air about the forthcoming turn of the century and "irrational exuberance" on the stock market which was skyrocketing to new highs. While many were ready to party "like it was 1999," some technology experts warned that computers might stop working on January 1, 2000. It was called the Y2K bug, the Millennium bug or the Year 2000 Problem.
When first computer programs were written in the 1960s, storage was really expensive. To save space, programmers wrote years in two digits rather than four: 1988 becomes 88, 1999 becomes 99. Many believed that enterprise software would not interpret the "00" correctly at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000, therefore causing a major glitch in the system. That meant that the year 2000 could be just as easily interpreted as 1900. To a computer, this might appear like a jump backwards in time. Or forwards, to 19100, if the computer program in question calculated dates by adding 19 to the front of the abbreviated year.
by Alex Vikoulov [Posted October 21, 2019 08.08 am PST]
"Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye!"
-Cypher, The Matrix.
A new book by cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is making a splash.
After reading the new book "The Case Against Reality: Why evolution hid the truth from our eyes" by cognitive scientist Donald D. Hoffman, many academics and general readers alike may conclude that the Interface Theory of Perception (ITP) well might be regarded as the most advanced theory of consciousness to date.
The Ouroboros Code: Reality's Digital Alchemy Self-Simulation Bridging Science and Spirituality | Press Release
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Ecstadelic Media Group releases a new non-fiction book The Ouroboros Code: Reality's Digital Alchemy Self-Simulation Bridging Science and Spirituality. Written by Antonin Tuynman, PhD; Foreword by Alex M. Vikoulov; Formats: Kindle eBook and Paperback (Press Release, San Francisco, CA, USA, October 11, 2019 11.33 AM PST)
Will the abyss between mind and matter ever be bridged? How can configurations of matter ever give rise to consciousness? This is the greatest enigma that puzzles the scientific world, also known as "the hard problem of consciousness." How do the objective and subjective dimensions relate to each other? It is here that science and spirituality appear irreconcilable, yet a growing number of scientists are calling into question the hegemony of reductive materialism.
by Alex Vikoulov [Posted September 9, 2019 10.30 am PST]
Researchers are blurring the distinction between brain and machine, designing nanoelectronics that look, interact, and feel like real neurons. Camouflaged in the brain, this neurotechnology could offer a better way to treat neurodenerative diseases or control prosthetics, interface with computers or even enhance cognitive abilities.
Electrodes implanted in the brain help alleviate symptoms like the intrusive tremors associated with Parkinson's disease but current probes face limitations due to their size and inflexibility. In a recent paper titled "Precision Electronic Medicine," published in Nature Biotechnology, Shaun Patel, a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Charles M. Lieber, the Joshua and Beth Friedman University Professor, argue that neurotechnology is on the cusp of a major renaissance. Throughout history, the most successful scientists have dimmed discipline lines to tackle problems larger than their individual fields.
The Intelligence Supernova: Essays on Cybernetic Transhumanism, The Simulation Singularity & The Syntellect Emergence | Press Release
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Ecstadelic Media Group releases a new non-fiction book The Intelligence Supernova: Essays on Cybernetic Transhumanism, The Simulation Singularity & The Syntellect Emergence. Written by Alex M. Vikoulov; Foreword by Antonin Tuynman PhD; Format: Kindle eBook (Press Release, San Francisco, CA, USA, September 3, 2019 11.00 AM PST)
The Science and Philosophy of Information book series is adapted for general audience from the grand volume titled “The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind’s Evolution,” a treatise by digital philosopher Alex Vikoulov on the ultimate nature of reality, consciousness, the physics of time, digital physics, philosophy of mind, foundations of quantum physics, the Technological Singularity, transhumanism, the impending phase transition of humanity, the Simulation Hypothesis, economic theory, the extended Gaia theory, transcendental metaphysics and God.
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