We may never detect those who have already found us

Lasers Could Hide Us From Evil Aliens
In the above link scientists propose methods in which our atmospheric signature may fool advanced civilizations on other planets from trying to find us. While impractical for many reasons, in the future it may not be so impractical. What this means is we could very well have advanced civilizations in nearby star systems that are currently cloaking themselves from us. Would God want us to find him? If earth is an experiment of the heavens, we just might not ever have the privilege of knowing our creators. World peace and environmentalism will get us closer to that privilege. 
When looking for advanced civilizations or life, we also use radio spectrum. A detection of any radio signal that hints at a society advanced enough to detect us should warrant the development of a cloaking laser system to prevent their detection of us until we learn more about them. This is the best defense we can give ourselves to prevent hostile advanced civilizations from conquering earth.

Future problems

The biggest question people will have to ask themselves in the coming century is “do I want to be a part of a controlled experiment or an uncontrolled experiment?”

Right now as it stands, everyone is forced to play a part in hundreds of uncontrolled experiments. I think having the option in front of us would be beneficial for everyone.

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

The problem with super intelligent, sentient AI is that it will create things that should not be created. Ironically to prevent this we must stay ahead of the AI. People have been doing this already and it can be seen most notably in the dystopian scifi themes where AI takes over. Therefore we can mitigate and control the damage before it ever happens by predicting what it will do next and also by filtering its discoveries. A simple filer on AI processes can be implemented to prevent the AI from ever reaching a point beyond our control, or a point that would be a evil.

Daring humans and their fears

On Mars the enemy will be the atmosphere. It’s too thin, too cold, has too much radiation and not enough oxygen. Therefore it will be a common human enemy. We will focus so much of our existential effort towards fighting the atmosphere. Suits will protect us when we travel away from the heavy barriers of the home place. And that’s unfortunate because man’s primal state is to explore and walk; adventure. Only those who are daring enough will be the people to explore freely in their suits at leisure. If there even will be leisure outside of the base.

On Earth for the majority of our existence, the enemy was starvation. We have conquered that enemy so well that for many people weight gain is now the enemy. After man discovered weapons and fire, no beast could take us, no beast could instill fear inside us. The animals were no longer enemies and fear evolved to something different. Something more along the lines of fear from being alienated from the social group of protection. Fear from losing the technology that kept us so well fed. Fear of being alone and unable to capture the giant beasts we ate. There was a time in our past when man could easily go a week or two without a meal. Times have changed.. Most people probably do not go more than three hours without a meal. The ultimate turn around from our beginnings. The massive machine that feeds us today is the same machine that many overweight people fear, the same machine that predates upon people to stay alive. Fast food corporations need the always hungry human to fuel their massive infrastructure. What will be the case on mars? The obvious answer is that initially the only enemy will be the atmosphere.

Protected by sophisticated materials meticulously assembled together, man will do as he does here. Starvation may well become an enemy once again. Although the systems can easily be designed to accompany heavy diets. Implementation is much harder, but designs can be made to arrange for it, for the massive consumption we currently demand. But what will not change is our incredible desire to explore, to adventure out into the unknown, in search for the unknown. In search for something new, in search for answers for the questions they have, or just in search for personal enjoyment, personal time passers. Playing sports on other planets is the ultimate human goal.

HP’s Sprout

HP soon plans to release a high end 23″ desktop PC loaded with a built in projector, 2D/3D scanner, and 20 point touch-pad. The projector replaces the standard keyboard with a 20″ display that will project onto any surface. Using that surface, one can easily replace their mouse and keyboard with a wide array of touch swipe actions and easily interact with 2d and 3d objects on the screen. Surely this is the device of the future, set to change the industry of home PCs. Or so that’s what the writers at Forbes were thinking when they declared it the Desktop that Da Vinci would own. More likely it would be the desktop his kids would own, if he had any kids.

This sort of high-end PC, low end scanner is perfect for young kids: teaching them the concepts of 3D scanning and allowing experimentation at a young age with inexpensive hardware. But HP has yet to release any details on the resolution of the scanner. Early reports already hint that the scanner is due for an upgrade that HP will release, as it cannot fully scan in a way comparable to current scanners on the market.

Is it a gimmick? Not really. It’s a cool toy and learning instrument that might actually win over a few school districts or libraries when it comes time to upgrade their iMacs. That fact actually puts HP at a great position to start taking more of the education market, should there be no competition from Apple or Microsoft. As we see more and more libraries and schools buying 3D printers, the demand for a seamless 3d scanner-PC interface will only increase. A quality artist isn’t going to care about having a scanner and touch-pad directly in front of his PC if it means poor quality.

So for now, if you want to use a PC worthy of the title “something Da Vinci would use”, you should simply set your display drivers to flip your screen horizontally.