Recommended – The Civilised Podcast

There is a lot of great content out there!

There is also a lot that is, hmmm… well, let’s just say, of less than impeccable quality. Finding the good stuff can be like looking for a needle in a haystack—or worse, like trying to find something good you haven’t already watched on Netflix!

With this in mind I will be doing my bit to surface the cream by sponsoring and featuring some of the indie content I have enjoyed recently.

First up, the ‘Civilised Podcast‘. A really cool, improvised, episodic, dark comedy science fiction series which I’m sponsoring this week!

Check it out!

Back on the topic of finding the gems. I only have so much time and am happy to crowdsource this endeavour. Please let me know in the comments, or on Twitter, if you have any recommendations of indie authors of high quality, well edited, BigIdea™, hard SciFi.

Quantum Radar

Quantum Computing is about to upend our Digital Privacy, but I only just learned Quantum Algorithms will do the same for Military Stealth too…

Currently, stealth works in a couple of basic ways:

  1. Minimising the reflected radar signal.
  2. Sending back a fake signal.
  3. Messing with the electronic brain of the radar system (but this is more electronic warfare than stealth).

For a radar system, both 1 and 2 can be circumvented if there is someway for it to focus exclusively on the echoes from its own beam by filtering all the other photons. In this way, it can concentrate on the real target and ignore innocent but confusing background noise, and deliberate spoofing with fake signals.

Radars today try to filter out these false signals by focusing on specific frequency ranges and very precise timings, but clever EM warfare packages are able to spoof these techniques.

What the radar needs is a way to securely ‘tag’ its own photons, so that it can filter and ignore anything else…

Enter the Quantum Radar…

“Only a few of the photons sent out will be reflected back if they hit a stealth aircraft. A conventional radar wouldn’t be able to distinguish these returning photons from the mass of incoming signals created by natural phenomena—or by radar-jamming devices. But a quantum radar can check for evidence that incoming photons are entangled with the ones held back. Any that are must have originated at the radar station. This enables it to detect even the faintest of return signals in a mass of background noise.

Confused signals from target, environment and spoofing.

Background noise is filtered by quantum algorithms which only allow photons through if they are entangled with clones of the transmitted photons held in the radar’s ‘quantum memory’ .

The target is revealed.
However faint the real signal, it can never be swamped because only reflections from the radar station are considered.


Sci-Fi Art Feature — Joakim Ericsson

Hey there SciFi fans!

Although he was originally a classically trained painter, Joakim Ericsson has now found his calling as a concept artist. Known for his incredibly detailed pieces, his work also stands out because of his expert use of color, and mastery of perspective. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ericsson is a fantastic world-builder, which he and I have discussed in the context of Singularity’s Children; It’s quite an immense feat to think up an alternate reality, and I have a lot of respect for the kid of detailed drawings that he’s able to produce on the heel of that imagination.

Here are a few of his awe-inspiring visuals:

If you’re interested in seeing more, here’s a link to his ArtStation site!