that’s surely on the wish list of every capitalist – but robots can get computer-virus too 😉
Life on earth is possible since 3.5 billion years
the “modern” human is around since 10.000 years – this is 0.000002857% of the whole “life on earth” story
okay let’s say 200.000 years that is 0.0000571% of the whole “life on earth” story
…but surely with astonishing speed of growth and development and with massive impact on the biosphere and atmosphere.
Chimpanzee and Human genetic divergence between populations may have occurred as early as 13 million years ago (Miocene) (than it would be 0.00371%) hybridization may have been ongoing until as recent as 4 million years ago (Pliocene) (than it would be 0.00114%) (src)
Some Russian nut bold predicts – that in two or three decades there will be “Einstein like” AI machines ( i am not SOOO optimistic about it, what if the “free market” does not want them?) and solve all our problems – like energy problems (that’s what market capitalism clearly DOES NOT WANT, who will energy monopolists sell oil to if a super-AI solves all problems?)
The Super-AI will even do our dishes and wipe our asses – so we can be finally: lazy as heck.
Or: the Super-AI takes over the world and replaces mankind with robots. (As in the Terminator or Matrix movies)
Stephen Hawking: “We can not know if we are infinitely helped – sidelined – or destroyed by AI”
“Unless we learn how to prepare for the potential risks – AI could be worst invention in the history of our civilization”
“Autonomous weapons or the few to oppress the many”
“The rise of AI could be the best or the worst thing that ever happened to humanity”
“I am an optimist – but we need to be aware of the dangers”
does not accidentally poison itself with the latest plastic softener
climate-change kills our crops
a meteor comes crashing down on us
an inter galactic super emp fries our atmosphere
… yes. alot can go wrong! and youngsters do not appreciate any breath they take. (there used to be way more oxygen on this planet… and mars even had an atmosphere and rivers and oceans… which went missing as it’s magnetic field collapsed 4 billion years ago.
So if you go fossil hunting on mars – expect them to be at least 4 billion years old.
funny thing: almost exactly after mars when dead and dry – life became possible on earth – 3.5 billion years ago.
okay a little gap of 500 million years.
Time-line of the evolutionary history / emergence of life on planet earth:
“Astrobiologists are particularly interested in these localities because of the search for life on Mars. Earth and Mars probably shared similar early histories (i just HOPE earth does not share Mars’ fate of a desert-like, life-unfriendly planet with atmosphere that almost only (96%) consists off Co2… but i guess we are heading this way… luckily we still have our magnetic shield/field) and recent exploration has uncovered considerable evidence that Mars once had environments suitable for stromatolite growth. If stromatolite-like structures are found on Mars, the Pilbara localities will provide significant analogues for comparison with potential Martian fossils.”
“Mineral and petroleum explorers are also interested in understanding where and how microbialites and other early fossils form. There are many examples worldwide where mineral deposits have formed in and around microbialites, by mineral-rich waters flowing through the spaces within the mounds and depositing ore minerals. The spaces in the microbialites can also trap and store hydrocarbons like gas and oil. The organisms that form microbialites are a known source of petroleum, making them interesting targets for petroleum exploration.”
“The surface receives less than half the amount of sunlight that Earth does, and dust in the atmosphere can attenuate it even more. Due to the absence of an ozone layer, more ultraviolet radiation reaches the ground. As to the Martian surface itself, the dirt (technically “regolith”) is more iron-rich, particularly in iron oxides.”
“Mixed greens such as lettuce and kale did well, but potatoes — the mainstay of protagonist Mark Watney in The Martian — did not”
“The clay-like Martian simulant was so thick that it crushed the growing taters, giving them no room to expand.”
“Overall, plants did much better when the students added filler such as coffee grounds to the Martian simulant, Guinan says. The filler fluffed the dirt up enough that water could percolate through and reach the roots.”
“One major difference between the Villanova project and real Martian soil is perchlorate (CClO4).
“But perchlorate is toxic to humans, causing thyroid problems and even death.
Humans on the Red Planet might breathe it in from dust that infiltrated habitats, and growing food with it would be dangerous.
“Matt Damon would have died,” Guinan said, referring to the Hollywood version of the novel.
“It was never mentioned in the movie, you know — you don’t want to talk about things like that.”
Farmers on Mars will need to remove any perchlorate from the Martian soil before using it. One way is to rinse the soil, since perchlorate dissolves in water. Another, more enticing way is to use perchlorate-eating bacteria, which produce oxygen as a metabolic byproduct. That might protect the colonists from serious health problems while also bolstering their breathable air supply.
For those interested in doing similar projects with their students, Guinan recommends lettuce. “It grows fast, and you can eat it,” he says. “I ate the lettuce. I’m still here.””
the worst weather on mars you can IMAGINE: like 3 year long DUST STORMS
that block almost all sunlight… a lot of mars probes have fallen victim to missing sunlight on Mars’ atmosphere and it seems that Rover Opportunity is now sharing their destiny.
“Opportunity hasn’t made a peep since June 10. Around that time, a developing dust storm shrouded its environs in darkness, preventing the solar-powered rover from harvesting enough sunlight to recharge its batteries. ” (src)
Stuff to watch:
(if you are really really knowledge hungry or bored on Friday nights because you wait for your gf to arrive X-D and you really wonder if she is cheating on you)
luckily she also likes documentaries… but her English sucks. ?
This is VERY bad publicity for the EU. Bulgaria is a poor ex-Soviet country – but it was included into the EU – now citizens are fleeing the country EN MASS to the WEST out of poverty – and become prostitutes of capitalism.
congratulations all involved. Now the next scandal: If you are a journalist in ex-soviet countries – better watch what you say:
“Meanwhile, demands are being made to send a Delegation of the EU Parliament to Bulgaria. This was suggested by Green MP Sven Giegold:
A Delegation of the EU Parliament should gather facts on the ground as soon as possible.”
My opinion: Kick Bulgaria out of the European Union – they are not ready for it – same goes for Turkey out of NATO.
Rumanian Murder Suspect fled and arrested in Germany: “The arrests and inquiry follow enormous international pressure on the Bulgarian authorities. It built up after the news broke that Marinova was killed just after she had presented “Detector”, her TV show on investigative journalism.
She had presented the case of GPGate, an investigation into EU funds fraud in Bulgaria (Investigated by Journalist Dimitar Stoyanov of Bivol and Attila Biro of Rise Romania).
This cross-border investigative reporting project is financed by the ECPMF’s IJ4EU fund.
The Interior Ministry has now announced that prosecutors have opened an investigation into the suspected GP Group, the building company alleged to have misused the EU money, and have frozen 14 million euros of its assets. Bivol reported on the case already a month ago, but then nothing happened, Bivol’s editor-in-chief, Atanas Tchobanov told the ECPMF.” (src)
… is massively clashing with the long tradition of corruption in those countries.
Every country needs to learn and evolve – you can’t treat them all as “equal” EU union members and call them “Europe”.
Unless you see “Europe” as a purely financial institution and not a union of values.
Atanas Tchobanov: Dimitar Stoyanov from Bivol.bg and Attila Biro from Rise Romania were working on a massive EU funds fraud case. The first part of the investigation was published Wednesday morning.*
The case is linking high profile oligarchs and political persons to corruption. After we published, we got the information that documents and computers are taken away from the offices of the companies exposed in our investigation. We alerted the Anti-Mafia Police immediately on Wednesday. ” (src)
“It is particularly piquant because Marinova is already the third journalist murdered in the EU within a year.
The journalist organisation Reporters Without Borders spoke of a “frightening Trend”:” more and more journalists are murdered in the European Union because they are addressing unpleasant topics, ” explained Christian Mihr in Berlin. “The EU must not look away.”The deputy president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans was sent via Twitter. A committed Journalist, had been killed in the fight for truth and against corruption.
Erst Malta, dann Slowakei, jetzt Bulgarien: Es ist nicht hinnehmbar, dass in Europa wieder Journalisten ermordet werden.
Das EU-Parlament muss jetzt eine Ad-hoc Delegation nach Bulgarien schicken. Wir brauchen schnelle Aufklärung, ob der Mord in Zusammenhang mit Marinovas Recherchen über die Veruntreuung von EU-Geldern steht.
Eine Delegation des EU-Parlaments sollte vor Ort schnellstmöglich Fakten sammeln.”
Besonders pikant ist der Fall auch, weil Marinowa bereits die dritte Journalistin ist, die innerhalb eines Jahres in der EU ermordet wurde. Im Oktober 2017 wurde die maltesische Investigativjournalistin Daphne Caruana Galizia bei einem Bombenanschlag getötet. Im Februar sorgte die Ermordung des slowakischen Journalisten Jan Kuciak und seiner Verlobten für Entsetzen.
Die Journalistenorganisation Reporter Ohne Grenzen sprach von einem „erschreckenden Trend“: „Immer häufiger werden auch in der Europäischen Union Journalistinnen und Journalisten ermordet, weil sie unangenehme Themen ansprechen“, erklärte Christian Mihr in Berlin. „Die EU darf nicht wegschauen.“ Der stellvertretende Präsident der EU-Kommission, Frans Timmermans zeigte sich via Twitter schickiert. Wieder sei ein engagierter Journalist beim Kampf für Wahrheit und gegen Korruption getötet worden.
On the afternoon of October 7, 2018, Marinova’s body was found in a riverside park in Ruse. She had been beaten and raped prior to being murdered, which the authorities believe happened during daylight. Marinova was the third journalist killed in the European Union in less than a year, after Daphne Caruana Galizia from Malta, and Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend from Slovakia.