Simulating the Brain

Human BrainCan we scan, store and simulate the human brain, and with it bring to life all our memories, experiences, emotions, and personality? This is a big philosophical question, but here I assume for the moment that this is a problem with only technical challenges, and not ones that relate to mystical aspects of being.

The human brain contains around 75 billion neurons. If each one has at most 100,000 inputs, then we could store information about the sources of all Continue reading

The Killing of Fengyun 1-C: An Environmental Disaster in Space

GPS Satellite

I am including in this blog the following article that was written by my good friend Phil Naranjo for our previous blog which has now been deleted. I thought that it was particularly relevant given current interest in the movie Gravity:

Yesterday, Chinese space officials published a white paper outlining the country’s long-term space exploration plans. What’s notable about the paper is that it makes a somewhat uncharacteristic mention of China’s efforts to mitigate space debris. This is particularly surprising when you consider the massive space debris problem China’s military created in 2007. As a gesture aimed primarily at the United States, the Continue reading