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Old 08-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #5266
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Why would robots want to destroy all humans and then take over the world? It seems like it would be more of a pain than it's worth. Could the robot drive to take over the world be the result of faulty programming? Could humans avoid a robot takeover by ensuring that they give each robot flawless programming so that it can't gain the desire to take over the world?
Program it and it will be hacked. It's one of the intrinsic laws of the universe.

I'm not that interested in destroying all humans because they amuse me.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:22 AM   #5267
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #5268
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When discussing time travel, it seems to some that traveling backward in time is impossible. But one possibility that doesn't seem to be much discussed is the nature of time itself.

Is time a single line going forever in two directions? However, what if time is actually a loop? If that's the case, then traveling to the past could be a simple as moving forward until you reach to the point that is your destination (although it might be a very long trip).

In DC Comics Presents #1, they did a story where Superman and The Flash were racing through time to save life on Earth and on Krypton. At that time both characters were able to reach the speed of light and the rule in the DC Universe was that you couldn't break the speed of light because instead of traveling faster you start to travel through time. Both characters eventually reach the end of time itself and break through the barrier and end up at the beginning of time. They continue to travel forward and end up back when they started.

If the structure of time works this way, then one simple way to travel to the past is to simply freeze yourself, wait until the end of time, and breach the barrier to the beginning of time, wait until you reach your destination, and then be defrosted. However, this assumes that the beginning/end of time barrier can actually be breached. What if the beginning/end of time barrier is a universal constant and cannot be breached, much like the speed of light is now considered.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:07 AM   #5269
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:11 AM   #5270
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:32 AM   #5271
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Which surprises me in what way?

Corporations and marketing departments are at least predictable.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:38 AM   #5272
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Digital has taken over the music world. However, would it be possible for a new analog format to rise and challenge digital's dominance?
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #5273
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Not a chance. Even if it offered 100% true-to-life reproduction, people would still prefer digital for the convenience.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:00 AM   #5274
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When it comes to word processing, I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be that much interest in them. Used to be that people became devoted to a word processor. As an example, Wordperfect had many magazines devoted to just it.

Now, word processors seem to be just blend into the background of computing, not garnering much individual attention. Could it be that we've reach a level where there is not much room for improvement?
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:28 PM   #5275
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:03 PM   #5276
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #5277
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:29 PM   #5278
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #5279
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With the recent focus on the big guns of DC and Marvel, is there a chance of a big success of a b-list or c-list character? I'm sure both companies have character that might not be the most popular, but might have a chance to be successful on the big or small screen. An example of this is Elongated Man.

Originally created when DC didn't know they had the rights to Plastic Man, Elongated Man has moved on from his beginnings to be a first-rate detective, likely at the same level as Batman. Although his superpower is stretching (as a result of drinking the juice of the gingold plant which interacted with his metagene), it is his ability as a detective that makes him distinctive, that and the fact that he had a very public identity (the only people who didn't know who he was were the ones that he hadn't gotten around to personally telling) and that he was very happily married (until the tragic death of his wife).

If done properly, Elongated Man could bring back the kind of detective story where a couple solves mysteries (much like I imagine the "Thin Man" series of mysteries were or, a more recent series, "Hart To Hart"). Unlike many characters in the 1980s, Elongated Man never went into the grim and gritty mode that other characters of that time did.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:36 PM   #5280
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I'd like to see an Ant-Man movie. It was being discussed at one time, as Henry Pym was a member of the original Avengers, but alas, nothing came of it. Never cared for the character after he learned growth goes both ways and he became Giant-Man. And his sidekick the Wasp, who came later, was plain silly. She and Spiderman disliked each other because spiders and wasps are natural enemies. Give me a break! But I was a fan of the earlier comics.

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