Researchers into New Technologies and Science.
- The Jupiter Research Station from Star Trek. Where Lieutenant Reginald Barclay (his actor also played Murdock in the A-team) works. The shy retiring engineer. Anyway it was decided that certain technologies would be outlawed as they would lead to dangerous devices. They could only be researched here, as weapons against the ‘broken form’. An ancient space faring race who had researched and developed all possible technologies over millions of years, and had melded with machines to become immortal and compassionless (i.e. they would wipe Humanity out with out a second thought). Technologies to be researched included a Robotic table tennis player, which would require knowledge obtained from mapping the Brain’s Frontal Cortex (where the conciseness resides, other area’s like vision recognition, and memory are easier to understand, and have been used to create neural networks to read text for example) to create a Sentient Machine, which might either be a slave or superior and thus dominant life form; and the Graviton Bomb.
- Dr. Sauders of Robotics and a Mathematics Lecturer of mine were sent to Peru to rebuild the Inca Nation. When they got there they had to buy the obligatory pan-pipes and change their money with the Indians instead of the more expensive offical change booth... Sauders also bought a giant resistor former machine for £5,000 (bankrupt stock), and an Industrial Unit to put it in. To use in trying to make Robots assemble normal Electronic Components on Printed Circuit Boards. He also had plans to make a Robot that climbed stairs using trianglar wheels, and make a table tennis playing Robot.
- Stephen Hawking with 50 top physicists, including two who presented the Open University Astro-Physics Lectures. He kept saying 'I bow to a superior intellect', and we co-invented the Graviton Bomb. Basicially a particle accelerator of 100 miles radius (the current biggest is 50 miles at CERN), the wave-length of a (as yet undiscovered) Graviton particle, so is would come into resonance and ripe the crust of the Earth apart. Sites suggested for it were around Austin, the State Capitol and University town of Texas; and Karachi, Airport, by some guy called Komani who lived in Tower Hamlets, London.
A bigger one with a radius the size of the Earth's orbit could also be built to detect Black Holes with in a radius of 10 Light Years, allowing Starship's to travel safely to nearby stars. It would only require 3 equally spaced stepped graviton detectors, 115 miles high, instead of a complete ring according to Hawking's calculations. Acquired from solving the Grand Unification Field Theory through appling the cube root of -1. I regard this as unbuildable as the amount of rocket fuel required to lift such units into space would be titantic. And there is no coal in space to smelt metal as it is derived from organic matter.
- Evolutionary Biologist Professor Richard Dorkings of Oxford University. He had an '80's TV programme showing computer simulations of Evolution which worked by selecting one of 16 'insects' which diverted to different forms. After several generations they evolved into completely different organism's. Other computer programmes simulate life forms in an environment where life forms must fight for limited resources. They show that a small criminal parisite element can be supported but if it gets to big the system breaks down.
A famous simulation is Daisy World where there are black and white daisies. The former absorbs heat, the later reflects it. So depending on the heat of the Sun one or the other dominates - keeping the planet at an optimal temperature, the system breaks down if the Sun gets too hot or cold, killing everything. Rabbits can be added to feed on the daisies, one step up the food chain. And foxes to eat them, predators.
Dorkings has written several famous books including the Blind Watchmaker that details how evolution works without the intervention of a divine being, who would presumably need creating themself! The Selfish Gene details how our Genes wish to perpetuate themselves from generation to generation (beget) drive use i.e. our wish to reproduce, and protect those in our family / group / tribe as we share genes with them.
Dorkings postulates that there is no room for compassion in your Genes! Why? Surely the preservation of those most like / related to you feeds compassion. Also your desire not to feel pain, is reflected by helping others not feel it, in the hope they will return the favour.
I actually sent him two letters as I saw him once and know the part of Oxford he works in. One detailed all the species on either side on the Black Sea (the great flood), and the other listed all the Bird species I could think of, including the Dove which might have been saved by Noah?
The Human Genome has been mapped now, at least in Caucasians. Which differ very little from the other races, of course a few small key genes genes can turn on or off whole sections of the code. 90% of DNA is rubbish left over from evolution (which after all is blind) having bits like a tail in embryos, and the switched off code for a banana!
Evolution took 4 Billion Years to go from a single celled organism to a complex human. The human brain is the most complex known object in the entire universe. It started with few chromosomes then increased in complexity, a bit like computers. Only 400 Million Years of evolution has been on land. The transition being helped in my opinion by the tides caused by the Moon, maiking it possible to live in both environment's and making a shallow shore. I believe that a satellite the size of the Moon to be very rare, thus maybe land life is too. Read technological life, as you can't have fire to make metal or warm yourself in the sea. 300 Million or so of these Years were taken up by the Dinosaurs (Terrible Lizard's in Latin). Manlike creatures have only existed for 3 Million Years!
The Universe has existed for 20 Billion Years, so it is concievable that really ancient forms of intelligent life exist in this Galaxy. Taking into account at least one star death to provide the heavy elements needed to make us e.g. Iron, from a Supernova. Hypernova's also exist, which are very short lived stars. The Milky Way however didn't form until 10 Billion Years ago.
- Two Lecturer's of mine. We discussed
'Diode-Clamp technology'. [I got this one wrong, it isn't a practical Engineering Solution.] John English (who might have been half Italian), one of my Lecturers had handed out a text about how you can make logic gates by using 2 diodes and a resistor which utilize the 0.6v drop across the diode to clamp the voltage to near 0v. TTL chip technology uses a transistor and resistor combination, and CMOS (Complementary MOS) uses NPN and PNP apposite each other linking between +V (3-15V) and 0V. Basically when one is on, the other is off, thus using less power as you only have to switch the transistor not burn up power on the resistor. That's why they are used in clock circuit as the batteries last longer.
I raised the point: why can't they make chips using diodes, NP only? This would take up less space and presumably use less power. One point is 'Diode-Clamp' technology can't form one logic gate. Another is that the drop of 0.6v accumulates with additional gates. Most processors use big addressing lines that require multiple levels of logic gate. But at a certain depth you could convert back to transistors. The voices said the chip might be more susceptible to static damage. I don't know if this is true. My University Tutor Mr. Hunter also came in and said you would need 14.5 Volt to allow for bigger voltage drops. PC's only have 5V and 12V. He is a Materials Lecturer so understands the different kinds of materials required to make Transistors, Capacitors... But this could link into CMOS (max. 15V). Chips are formed of four or more layers: P, N, P, and Resistor, so a normal chip screen could be used mixing diodes and transistors. The unwanted layers are simply etched away.
He also told us a story about the Samari Sword which ancient craftsmen learnt to make by folding, hammering, and re-folding iron 200 times, to add a small quantity of carbon that made it into much stronger steel. It was tested by plunging it in a poor peasant's belly. Toledo, Spain also managed to make swords of similar quality in the 1500's which helped take the New World for them. But it wasn't until the 1800's that Europe discovered how steel was made molecularly: iron with a trace of carbon impurity and was able to use it to build great ships, bridges, and railways.
I have since learned mixed diode-transistor technology was once used to make IC's. But diodes cause fan-out problems. And transistors take up almost the same space as diodes, and provide gain.
- Scientific, Engineering and Mathematical ThinkPad Technical that would be able to compute the Calculas and other Mathematical problems like La Place and Fourier (a great French Mathematician, 1768-1840) Transforms. Having buttons for differention and integration, and being able to solve 3rd Order differential equations. Display all the Greek letters, complex Mathematical Symbols, and Roots & Squares. One old University Lecturer in Programing Mr. Illingworth was assigned the task of designing this machine with the help of Doctorial Students. IBM came in and said they would make one themselves, based in Rochester, New York State on Lake Ontario.
- I wrote a letter to Tim Bernards-Lee who developed HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) at the CERN Atom Smashing Particle Accelerator on the Swiss/French boarder which used about 100 different computer types and a dozen European languages thus needed something for the computers to talk to each other. It was about the British Schools Doomsday Project of 1986. 900 Years after the Doomday Book was written for the Norman King William the Conqueror of England to detail his possessions in every city, town and village. It was programmed on to the now obsolete BBC Micro 64Kbyte Computer and stored on it's 100Kbyte disk drives. I just suggested that this data should be backed up and transferred to the internet before it is lost allowing everyone to access it.
- Sharpe who played a TV Napoleonic Soldier and Chief O'Brian of Star Trek somehow got nominated as co-fingers on the button incase this technology was needed to protect Humanity. There first and only use of the button was to launch the actors who played R2D2, C3PO, and Chubaka from Star Wars into the edge of Space in Spaceship-1, financed by Paul Allen the Multi-Billionaire co-founder of Microsoft.
They also launced Joey and Chandler out of the TV series Friends later. 5 of the Friends agreed but the actress who played Rachael didn't causing me much bother as she was in my head, with Ross's TV (and real parents according to them) and Ross (who they wrongly told me was her Husband). She had to be given phycodelic to calm her down, which also affected me. She saw clouds and the bridge of sighs.
Ross's Father had a copy of the Playboy Edition with Penelope Pitstop on the front cover. Out of the Wacky Races Cartoon. Apparently it had sold out and Hugh Hefner wanted a copy for his collection and internet site, as it was his practice to take a copy from what hadn't sold. No copies having sold out before or since. It was claimed the birth rate went up after this Edition.
The first two also circulated a GalSec Newsletter in California detailing what was going on.
- Hotal - HOrizontal Take-Off And Landing Supersonic Vehicle. British designed but not built as it is too expensive to build and run. Could go from England to Australia in 2 hours by touching the edge of the Atmosphere. I proposed flights between RAF Brize North, Oxfordshire, 60 Miles West of London to: Canberra, the Capital of Australia between Sydney and Melbourne; Spokane, east of Seattle the base of the Boring Airplane Factory; Cape Town, South Africa; and Santiago, Chile plus perhaps Tokyo and New Zealand. It could have been called Commonwealth Venture. I believe France and Japan are currently considering building their own Supersonic Vehicle to replace the retired Concorde which travelled at Mach 2, twice the Speed of sound.
- Moonbase to mine Helium-3 see moonbase. The boys and girls at Harwell or Culham (I forget which) Southern Oxfordshire better get a move on with their 'Joint European Torus' a torid shaped magnetic field that will contain a safe waste free nuclear fusion reaction (together, as opposed to nuclear fission: apart that we currently have where one particle hits an atom releasing three, which go on to release nine etc...). It will be as hot as the Sun. This will use Helium-3 commonly available on the moon. Russia has plans to go to the Moon in 2015 and the United States in 2018 to collect it. Perhaps at the Sea of Tranquillity allowing tourists to visit old Moon Craft from the Apollo era, or Trinity.
A Farside Observatory, on the Moon was also proposed, shielded from the electro-magnetic signals eminating from Television and Radio on the Earth. Thus allowing Scientists to observe the Universe much better allowing them to find Small Planets circling near by Stars suitable for Colonization.
And a Polar Colony able to mine Ice Water thus vastly saving on Food Costs (allowing Fish and Food to be grown on the moon) and Rocket Fuel (H2O being made into Helium and Oxygen). Perhaps called Cassini or Copernicus, both famous Astronomers, and probably both big craters on the Moon.
- Marsbase which would be made up of giant hexagonal units with walls and a glass roof to contain a liveable atmosphere. Japan has already drawn up plans for this. And got dibs on one unit, China taking another, others going to the U.S., Europe and Russia. There would also be a Mars Life Museum.
- The Celeste a Starship made out of one of the Asteroid Belts biggest Asteroids. Named after the Pop Stars 'Daphne & Celeste' who were on-line when I originated the idea.
- Bring back to life the Dodo and the Woolly Mammouth by taking DNA from existing specimens. The Dodo was killed by sailors hunting it for meat, and rats and other animals introduced that ate it's eggs. The Mammouth, basically a elephant with fur, was killed by Stone Age Man hunting it. If it were re-introduced there would never be a shortage of ivory again. The Neanderthal could also potentially be re-introduced. They lived in Western Europe and were driven to extinction by Humans taking the same resources they needed and inter-breeding. The last one's died out in Portugal 30,000 years ago.