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Archives for October, 2009

Singularity Summit

ScienceBlogs’ Razib is back from the Singularity Summit, with summaries of a good portion of the proceedings and some interesting links. Relatively recently I’ve written about why the Singularity very well may not happen (at least not the wilder version) – roughly, the growth curve of technology may be logistic rather than exponential thanks to…

I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This is what happens when you don’t pay attention in freshman physics. You don’t need to see where the arrow goes to…

Gaussian Fat Regression

Apologies for the absence. A brand new research project is getting cranked up and I’ve been pretty short on time. As such the posting schedule may get a bit erratic. I’ll do my best. I’m also working on improving some other things as well. When I started college I somehow managed to avoid the freshman…

Solar, Simpler

One of the nice things about energy is that there’s many, many different forms of it. There’s many, many different ways to convert between those forms. Yesterday we discussed the problem of turning the energy in sunlight into electricity via the circuitous route of sunlight to electricity (in a space solar panel) to microwave beamed…