Leaving Messages for the Future…

I am fascinated by our ancient origins. My background is in Science and industry, but if you are reading this on my blog, you probably already know that my focus these days is Science Fiction. Good Sci-Fic is a mix of fact, gentle extrapolation, and fantastic speculation! So, staying true, I am thrilled to have an excuse to let my mind wander onto paths more fringe than a realscientist would be comfortable with, but I am still forced by the ‘Hard-Sci-Fi Hippocratic Oathto stay more grounded than a tie-died, new-age crystal-healer!

Science has come a long way in the past few decades, but one of the areas that seems to be stuck in the past is archeology (sorry). Many tweed-jacketed academics seem incapable of updating their worldviews based on the mass of new evidence pouring in: from DNA to luminescence dating; from ground penetrating radar to muon tomography.

Luckily, YouTube has given a platform to a bunch of amateur scientists (and in some cases tenured professors who expose heretical non-orthodox opinions). I started down this rabbit hole a few years ago in research for a new book, and am still deep down in the dark, but there is a glow…

If you like mysteries and bold ideas take a look at Martin Sweatman’s channel:

These people were trying to leave a message for their descendants!  that’s Us!
…will we listen?

On a slight tangent: a similar challenge: how do we write something that will have meaning in 100K years?

Perhaps contemporary thinking on this similar problem might help us get deeper into the heads of our ancient ancestors…

Tech from Singularity’s Children: #BugNet

Wealth inequality exists between the rich and the poor.
All animals are poor.
In our world, so focused on economic worth, the gap between us and them keeps on widening.

To access to wealth, and revert some of the inequality—which has yawned like a gaping chasm since we lit our first fire—the animal kingdom needs access to the global economy.

This is the @BugNet (members only), a distributed, cryptographically secured economic protocol layer, accessible to both humans and animals via smartphone, neural-prosthetic or synthetic wealth-manager working behalf of your species.

New Scientist article Here

Tech from Singularity’s Children: N’s Shape Shifting Masks

In my books, the Nebulous Klan (think the IRL Anonymous) uses soft face wrapping masks to hide their features. The masks make the wearer look like they are being pixel-blurred, but as we see in Book Four, they can do more…

Anyway, these face-projectos (which are a real thing, not fancy computer effects) use a different mechanism to achieve a similar result.