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The Public Favors Police Bodycams — Overwhelmingly

A recent YouGov survey had only two questions about police bodycams, and the 2,229 respondents overwhelmingly agreed on both of them. • Do you favor or oppose police departments equipping their officers with body cameras to record their interactions with the public? • If you were reporting a crime to the police, would you want[…]

Science Survey Results

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Published on: 2016.12.10

Again, thank you to everyone who participated in my short “Science Survey”. This time I got 22 responses, one more than my previous survey on religion. These results didn’t surprise me as much as the previous ones, perhaps because I went into it with fewer expectations (and therefore fewer incorrect assumptions). Before I reveal the[…]

Why I Prefer Online Conversations

This N.Y. Times opinion piece is just the most recent example of grumpy people complaining that texting or online conversation is hurting the way we interact with others. “What happened to good old fashioned face-to-face conversations?” they all seem to ask, in whiny little voices. Grumbling about the quality of online conversations is as old[…]

Dear People Of The Future

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Published on: 2016.03.02

Dear future humans (or whatever sentient earthlings call themselves in your time): Hello from 2016! Congratulations on still existing. I assume you’re thankful that the generation before mine didn’t launch the thousands of ICBMs they built. Naturally, I wonder what advances you’ve made, and whether only the richest and most powerful among you enjoy them[…]

Another Pro Self-Driving Cars Entry

My nephew at the controls (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Today I was reading the comments under NPR’s article “Should Self-Driving Cars Have Drivers Ready To Take Over?” The article itself didn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before, but the comment section — especially under their Facebook post — saw many readers[…]

An Ethical Dilemma For Driverless Cars?

Other than “LOL”, I rarely use chat-room derived abbreviations, but I feel like typing “SMDH”¹ almost daily when I read the comments people are posting about self-driving cars. Most of it is simply regurgitating fearmongering from the technophobic talk radio programs they listen to. (I tackled most of those fears in a previous entry.) Now[…]

Big Data Can’t Make You Buy Things

The “Future Shop”, Montreal (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) When the Guardian posted this opinion piece in late June, its intent was apparently to scare readers with news that advertisers and police forces are already using ever-improving facial recognition technology. “It is increasingly being deployed all around the United States by giant tech[…]

ITN: Nanowire Clothing Could Change The Way We Heat

In The News: Nanowire Clothing Could Keep People Warm — Without Heating Everything Else “The researchers developed lightweight, breathable mesh materials that are flexible enough to coat normal clothes. When compared to regular clothing material, the special nanowire cloth trapped body heat far more effectively. Because the coatings are made out of conductive materials, they[…]

CNN’s 10 Big Ideas

Centennial Clock, Wewoka, Okla. (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) I’m not sure why today’s front page of CNN Tech linked to the story The CNN 10: Ideas, since it was posted in December 2013. Perhaps they haven’t come up with ten better ideas since then. But I didn’t see it last year and[…]

Book Review: Tomorrow, The Stars (Anthology, Heinlein, 1952)

The 1967 Berkley edition (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Tomorrow, The Stars: a science fiction anthology Author: multiple (edited by Robert A. Heinlein) Year: 1952 (mine was 1967 paperback) Publisher: Doubleday, Berkley Medallion Books ISBN 425-04304-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page[…]

Why The Fear Of Driverless Cars?

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Published on: 2014.08.08

Often traffic congestion is caused by human error (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve been to this rodeo before: news media announces a new technology or a new application of an existing technology, and immediate response from populace (and sometimes from the media itself) is “FEAR IT!” The internet will steal all your[…]

Possibilities of Faster-Than-Light Travel

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Published on: 1998.02.15

February, 1998 Again, I am not a scientist, per se, so please forgive my lack of exact figures and hard facts. I avoid using these, so no one can prove me wrong. But I am an avid science fiction reader, and I paid attention in Physical Science and Physics in high school. This does not[…]

Possibilities of Artificial Gravity-Altering Fields

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Published on: 1998.01.15

[No date was listed, just “1998”. However, it was mentioned as “my last essay” in a February 1998 essay, so I have dated this one as from January.] First, a definition of the title. What is a “gravity-altering field”? To understand that, it is necessary to discuss gravity itself. Let it be understood that every[…]

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