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Monday, September 7, 2009

what kind of space is cyberspace?

In episode 160 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise discover that warp engines, the sine qua non of twenty-fourth-century exploration, are stressing the fabric of space. The problem has advanced to the point of threatening the safety of the Hekaran homeworld.

What would the cultures of the United Federation of Planets be without the ability to travel at warp speed? Science and trade and cultural exchange would all but cease. The vision of the galactic village would come to an end.

In my latest contribution to 3 Quarks Daily, I confront a similar problem in cyberspace, the problem of the ever-worsening carbon dioxide emissions due to internet server farms. What is to be done? Click the link to see my suggestions.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep on posting such stories. I like to read articles like that. By the way add some pics :)

11:41 PM, January 23, 2010


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