President Dwight D. Eisenhower was determined to solve “the fearful atomic dilemma” by finding some way by which “the miraculous inventiveness of man” would not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life. In his Atoms for Peace speech before the United Nations General Assembly on December 8, 1953, President Eisenhower sought to solve this terrible problem by suggesting a means to transform the atom from a scourge into a benefit for mankind.
Promo put together by WIRED Italia shows a history of modern technology, with a file created on an early Apple gets transferred from machine to machine:
Innovation is not technology but culture. Something able to travel through time thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of people. Here’s the story of an information flow in its switching between different machines, different formats and file-extensions, different communication protocols and over almost 30 years of technology, from the ZXSpectrum of 1982 to the 3D printers of today.
This is how it works. A Macintosh SE/30 displays a file on its screen and saves it as WIRED.TXT on a floppy disk. The floppy is read using a serial peripheral device connected to an IBM Thinkpad. Changing the file-extension from .txt to .jpg, you are seeing the text for what it was originally: a barcode image, which you can open and display with dPaint. The barcode is interpreted by an app that uses a smartphone camera. It’s an http address. The address is copied and sent via SMS to an old Nokia5410i. This Nokia model was among the first to send emails, so it can transfer the SMS text to the email client of an iPad. The iPad activates the address which was written in the email. It’s a .htm page containing a link to a downloadable file: WIRED.WAV.
The file is played and connected with a mini jack to the audio port of a ZXSpectrum. The Spectrum detects it as a .TAP file, a faithful reproduction of audio cassette format which Spectrum used to play and save contents. The programme inside the WIRED.TAP file is a slideshow loading a single image: a QRcode. The QRcode is photographed using a small digital camera. The photo, stored in the SDCard, is read from a laptop and loaded into an album on Wired Facebook account. An eBook page appears in the browser mode. The eBook is scanned, the QRcode image is cropped and then printed on special paper for heat transfer and then ironed on a T-shirt. T-shirt is photographed with an iPhone that reads QRcode for the url it contains. The iPhone sends the address to a laptop: it’s a page containing the WIRED.STL file. The laptop uses this file to produce the Wired logo with a RepRap 3D printer. That’s it. Easy, right?
National Geographic Emerging Explorer and data artist Jer Thorp translates unimaginable blurs of information into something we can see, understand, and feel—data made human through visualizations that blend research, art, software, science, and design.
Well, thanks to the awesomeness of social media and her influence in the world o’ science communication/education, that video has made quite a buzz. Read on for an update from The Brain Scooper herself…
"If you haven’t heard from me in the last few days, it’s because I’ve been inundated with interviews and media requests, phone calls and messages, book offers, broadcast television show proposals, TV appearances, tour circuit and lecture series offers. Someone even asked if I would write an endorsement for their children’s nature book. And, don’t get all nutty on me because I haven’t agreed to anything (yet [maybe]).
This has all come as a surprise for a few reasons: one, I had no idea this video would resonate so strongly with not just women, but men, parents, teachers, business people and CEOs and journalists.
Two, I am hugely surprised that everyone is acting as though this is news. My video wasn’t revealing anything ground breaking, previously unspoken, or unknown. The Internet has dealt with its anonymous critics since the beginning, people in the public eye will always be widely scrutinized, and women have had their appearance come before their accomplishments before.
But what I am the most surprised about is that the majority agrees with me on this one: that negative online communities are detrimental, and also that these things can improve and get better for content creators of all kinds. That if enough people speak up in favor of fostering encouraging environments online, it will happen. You see this environment in the comment section of PBS Idea Channel, an educational series known for their delightfully constructive community. You see this in the Nerdfighter community. Why not for other educational channels?
The reception of that video far exceeded any expectations I had, and I take it as an indication that we are all working together towards positive change. Thank you, all of you.”
Here on Earth we live on a planet that is in orbit around the Sun. The Sun itself is a star that is on fire and will someday burn up, leaving our solar system uninhabitable. Therefore we must build a bridge to the stars, because as far as we know, we are the only sentient creatures in the entire universe. When do we start building that bridge to the stars? We begin as soon as we are able, and this is that time. We must not fail in this obligation we have to keep alive the only meaningful life we know of.
Wernher von Braun, pioneering rocket scientist and architect of America’s pioneering manned space program, as recalled by Tom Wolfe.
This passage opens the book Five Billion Years of Solitude, a reminder that life on Earth has an expiration date, but the duration our existence is in our own hands … nay, our brains, certainly here on Earth, and perhaps beyond.