Another year or so to go
Till the patents start running out and we can do something good with this.
13 posts • joined 11 Feb 2014
McKinsey are about marketing (and arse-covering), and politics is marketing (and arse covering).
So what they are saying is that politicians can make a case for taxing fat people etc, and the anceint voters will nod and agree, irrespective of the underlying facts, with little risk of burned backsides.
Indeed the whole point is that the argument can be won in the face of facts. Such is the devilry on display here. Nice innit?
It's my biggest grumpy-old-git bugbear with most sci-fi. Appallingly bad endings. Space opera is almost defined by it.
Cryo-sleep, is A-OK. Has been around since Ichabod Crane.
It doesn't have to be this way. I'm looking forward to "The Martian"'s movie conversion. Should be good. No magic required.
Wave collapsing is an attempt to reintroduce classical thinking. Sorry. It should go away along with the ether and non-relative speed of light.
Mr Long might have been more diplomatic of course.
For those who doubt, check out the delayed choice quantum eraser. Or more directly, Wigner's friend. Both tend, in my opinion, to make the global "wave collapse" idea a bit hard to sustain.
In quantum world it's waves all the way to the bottom. "Particles" are a secondary effect, as is all locality and separation and indeed time (as Mr Bohm and friends tended to bang on about a lot).
The hardware is wav-y and field-y and continuous.
The software is particle-y, localized and discontinuous, but that is a secondary effect which breaks down more and more as you look closer and closer.
For some people that is just too weird. I guess you pick your poison.
So Lottie and Rohan are all a bit Bong. No surprises. And UK politicians are kicking in a pathetic amount of cash so they can try to catch up. Nothing new there.
If you look at the real stuff, it is all US driven. Code.org is good. Not great, but certainly better than nothing, and has been going for a few years. The idea that schools will teach our kids to code is pretty laughable at this level of investment, but for those of us who don't abdicate education completely to the state, this stuff is gold. So forget Lottie and the laughable year of code, but check out the stuff they are trying to hang onto the coat-tails of. It's really quite good.
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