Deformation

Now, you had an assessment
on Friday
and that helped me figure out
that a lot of you
have trouble understanding what
kinetic energy is all about

Science… is about
understanding
BIG concepts;
you have to practice, you have
to ask for help
if you’re confused,
you have to do your homework,
you have to study the vocabulary

It’s weird to drop cans of corn
down onto balls of clay, but
the clay being smashed is a
measurement of the object’s
kinetic energy,

We’re talking about
kinetic energy;
the deformation of the clay is
the measurement.

What does this mean exactly?
Danny, put your binder down.
If you’re passing notes,
you’ll be in for recess.

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#13: The Scientific

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As part of an AP Biology independent research project, I had the opportunity to learn more about AI technology, mechanical augmentation, and the transhumanist revolution brewing underneath us. This project gave me the chance to showcase what was inspiring me at the time, and I’m grateful for having done it. Sometimes you listen to a podcast and it changes your day’s focus, and sometimes you do a project in high school that makes you think more clearly about the world.

I never was much for math or hard science, even when I was taking an Advanced Placement course with more teacher freedom over activities in the curriculum. Chemistry, again, was my least favorite subject the year before, and I know that I wasn’t the only student feeling this way. A part of my wonderings about the future are about what life would be like had I been taught by a brilliant and creative science teacher and then pursued a science degree rather than an arts one in college. It’s a far stretch, but I wonder it sometimes. You never know what life would be like otherwise, and I think I’m old enough now to be able to ponder “What ifs?” without judgment.

Despite this, my interest in scientific studies has stayed the course. In video games like Deus Ex, the narrative reckons with deep existential questioning related to human technological advancement: the idea that all progress must be good, that the arc of the moral universe always points towards justice. This interest in these questions from a scientific perspective rather than a philosophical approach originates from video games as artistic outlets. I remember watching Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” series, listening to talks by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and exploring heated debates on internet forums. To me, there needed to be a correct answer to the questions I had about the universe, and as I watched, listened, and explored, I was an impartial observer, emotionally invested in the state of humanity but nothing too personal.

Synchronicity

They say every person needs a partner

Every life needs another;

To seek, embrace, complete it.

But I don’t buy into that gypsy philosophy,

Practiced by fools and wayward spirits.

Heart’s weren’t made in a lock-and-key fashion,

Never have I noticed my heart missing

A second half, atrium and ventricle absent.

Love has never soothed my soul’s worries,

Nor has it fixed anything troubling going on.

It’s only brought more worries, more trouble

And more anguish and foolishness.

Synchronicity is overrated because love,

Love makes no sense…

But maybe it doesn’t have to.

 

 

Leonardo DaVinci and Google Glass

It’s no surprise that Leonardo DaVinci was a brilliant man, with the honor of being able to say that he is the forefather of many of the inventions of the modern age. His genius in the realms of science and arts classifies him as a renaissance man, and I know no one who would readily dispute that claim. DaVinci is the prototypical example of a renaissance man, and a polymath. He’s done everything.

But now, word is surfacing that the new invention from Google, the Google Glass, had been predicted or drawn out once by DaVinci but 800 years earlier. Dr. Burt Wilde of the University of Illinois claims that a makeshift drawing of an invention similar to the Google Glass was done by DaVinci centuries ago. Here’s the picture as he had envisioned it:

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On the right hand side of the picture is an illustration of what the mechanism would do.

Now here’s a picture of Google Glass:

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Interesting, isn’t it? The similarities are uncanny. Both display an eye mechanism that seems to illustrate the surroundings. Both seem to be made to assist in figuring out descriptions for locations, areas, technologies, and people. The purposes and intentions of the technologies are eerily similar.

To clarify, I am not trying to discredit Google here; however, I simply find it intriguing that Leonardo DaVinci had thought of the same idea that they had, only centuries beforehand. Obviously, DaVinci was unable to bring the invention into reality, and would not have had the same massive platform for sales that Google has.

I have my friend Andrew Shough to thank for notifying me of this discovery. It furthers my belief that Leonardo DaVinci was the greatest man alive, and still has a significant, realistic impact on all of us to this day. I realize this blog post is a bit different from what I usually post here, but I found it incredibly interesting and worthy of your viewing. Hope you all enjoy your days!