I didn’t want Fractal Federation using a language like English as it’s legal/official language because that would be showing preferential treatment towards English-speaking cultures. Some areas that require a lot of international interactions have de facto official languages, like English for aviation. Instead of just picking a language, I decided to create a new language solely for law and government use. The language I created uses the International Phonetic Alphabet or IPA. Each language has a set of sounds that... Click to read more.
I’ve come to the belief that any government structure can work with the right political culture and any government structure can be sabotaged with a bad political culture. The best government is a government that is aware of its political culture and attempts to engineer and maintain that political culture, to optimize it’s belief system and priorities. Any government that doesn’t maintain it’s political culture is vulnerable to the possibility of that culture gradually changing from generation to generation, in such a... Click to read more.
Artificial Gravity and Space Stations
Right now, the only known way to create gravity is with mass. To create Earth-like gravity, you would need a ball of mass as large as the Earth. The Earth doesn’t have the highest possible density, a neutron star or even a small black hole could create Earth-like gravity using a sphere of mass that is much smaller in diameter. Using the density of a neutron star, the sphere could be as small as 0.05 cubic kilometers. With a sphere... Click to read more.
Immortality and Population Growth
The human body is not magical, it’s a machine, that takes advantage of the laws of physics and that machine isn’t perfect, it has flaws, such as dying from old age. The human body is in essence, the most advanced technology on the planet. Nanotechnology is an emerging field and eventually we will come to a full understanding of the human body and create technology just as complex and sophisticated. There are researchers studying what is called Telomeres. Telomeres are... Click to read more.
Artificial Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificially Intelligent Game Engine
Virtual reality has been a twinkle in the eyes of nerds for several decades now but only recently has the technology reached the point where it’s practical for general consumption. I personally think virtual reality will be short lived. A few decades from now we will have the capability to take it to the next level. Some techies are calling it fully immersive virtual reality or FIVR, a virtual reality that taps directly into our sensory nerves, bypassing the sensory... Click to read more.
Out of all the technologies we know-to-be possible and that we will inevitably invent, artificial intelligence is probably the most imminent. We know it’s possible because humans exist. The human brain is a machine that takes advantage of the laws of physics. To be completely honest, biology is the most advanced technology on the planet and it will probably be another hundred years before our own technology reaches the complexity and sophistication of biology. Even if there is no other... Click to read more.
The basic requirements for human life is, a Nitrogen-Oxygen atmosphere and water. Most rocky planets will have all the other raw materials, which can be mined. In our star system, there are two planets that are potential terraforming candidates, Mars and Venus. The atmosphere of Venus is 90 times more massive than Earth and nearly all of it is Carbon Dioxide. While Nitrogen only makes up a small percentage of the Venusian atmosphere, there is still four times more Nitrogen than... Click to read more.
The universe is 13.8 billions years old. The Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago. Life miraculously came into existence 3.8 billion years ago. Our star and planet are relatively young; scientists have discovered a planet at least 12.7 billion years old. If an older planet had life, a technological extraterrestrial civilization could have left their star system as much as 8.2 billion years ago. Using technology that we know is possible, an alien civilization could have colonized the entire galaxy... Click to read more.
Interstellar travel is the foundation of many science fiction universes so it’s an obvious first topic to research. At light speed, it would take almost 4.3 years to reach the nearest star. Sailing across the Atlantic ocean only took as much as 6 months. If faster-than-light travel is possible, it would definitely be worth it. With present-day science, the only two contenders are warp drives and wormholes. Wormholes or the Einstein-Rosen bridge, could exist IF there is exotic matter with... Click to read more.