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How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

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Another ridiculously long, mindblowingly good article from Wait But Why. It’s just astonishing how Tim manages to go really deep on a complex topic and keep you entertained for a couple hours (I found the key just recently in an interview with him: «I just assume i’m writing for a bunch of mes, but me before i started researching the topic.»). And the best thing: You don’t even have to buy the argument that we will or should settle on Mars, you’ll learn so many things reading this article that it’s worth the while no matter what.

Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man

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Don’t judge this piece by its title, it’s way better. Tim Urban, quite likely the smartest and wittiest blogger in the whole web, recounts meeting Elon Musk. Elon Musk, the man who wants to change how we power our homes (and the world, ultimately) and how we get from A to B (where B is Mars, ultimately). A great profile of a fascinating person. If the humble intro cartoons don’t win you over, I don’t know what ever will.

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

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This is one of the rare kind of texts that has the potential to completely change your perspective. I’ve always struggled to wrap my head around Artificial Intelligence and the question of whether and when machines will be more intelligent than humans. It sure is a fascinating issue, but it always had this sci-fi out-of-touchiness; humans are notoriously bad at understanding exponential growth and thus far, no text had really helped me understand how we might get from Siri and Watson to superintelligent computers and immortality (or extinction) within a couple of decades. All of that changed when I read this two-part series. A stunner. In so many ways.

The Fermi Paradox

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Based on the numbers, apparently there should be 1 billion Earth-like planets and 100,000 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy. Which poses the question: Where is everybody? This article presents an array of existing theories in just the right amount of detail. Very insightful. My favourite theory: Higher civilizations are here, all around us. But we’re too primitive to perceive them.

Published in Weekly Filet #167