Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ponder This...

It is very interesting that researchers have found out that our predictions are, for the most part, either grossly underestimated or overestimated. Think about. Computers and the Internet? One started out as a way to speed up code-breaking operations and the other as a way for researchers and universities to share information. Both of those inventions have transformed the world we live in. On the other end of the spectrum is gross overestimations. The 'Space Age' is a good example. Right after the first human was blasted into space, the pundits started theorizing about a Moon colony by the year 2000. The only thing that we had on the moon by the year 2000 was a few pieces of space junk, flags and footprints. Unless they faked the whole thing of course.

This makes you think about current issues, take Climate Change for example. Some researchers hold the view that if no serious steps were taken in a hundred years the sea levels might rise by up to a few meters. This will have dire consequences on cities, world economy and natural resources. Clearly that's a very bleak scenario, the silver lining however is that this might be a case of overestimation (Space Age-style). But what creeps me out is what if this was an underestimation? What if just a 30 centimeter increase in sea levels will kick-off an unforeseen chain reaction that will tip the Earth into a modern-day ice age? Sure it's far-fetched, but I am pretty sure the dude who built the first 'computer' in a bunker in England to break ze German encryption didn't consider how in the future you'd use that very same device for porn.

On a totally different note, I hit elCairo this week. A game of uber risk is in order! AWOOO!

17 comments:

Munqy said...

I SPANK YOU!!!

Feshfesh said...

Before or after the uber risk game?

Munqy said...

During?

Feshfesh said...

You can't do that?! What would ze Red Armies think of their general being spanked by a half ape, half nerd, half British scum such as your fine self?

Munqy said...

They'd think that he was 1.5X a person, so you should think yourself lucky.

Feshfesh said...

err.. I am not sure I follow your logic there....but hey, what the hell!

Administer the spanking please.

Munqy said...

I am 3 halves, therefore 1.5X a person.

Since I am spanking you, you must also be 1.5X a person.

See? Simple.

Feshfesh said...

Well, technically your assumption that since your are 1.5X a person spanking me, then I am also 1.5X a person is groundless.

Sure, the troops can think we are a tad gay or maybe just really, REALLY disturbed... but why would I be 1.5X a person? Maybe you're just mean and spanking someone smaller?

*Fesh moves the metaphorical chess piece.

Checkmate.

Munqy said...

So you admit that I'm 1.5X a person that you are?

Feshfesh said...

*ahm*

*Fesh hands Munqy the metaphorical chess piece.

I think that belongs to you?

Munqy said...

*Munqy pets the chess piece.

My preciousssssssssssss.

Feshfesh said...

*Fesh pets Munqy

My precioussssssssssssssssssss.

(let's keep this between us though, no one needs to know that we do this in our spare time).

Munqy said...

Thankfully, the amount of dead time between posts has led to less people visiting. Pet on, sirrah.

*Munqy purrs.

Feshfesh said...

Oh... so we can take this to the next level...IF you know what I mean... *wink *wink *nudge..

Jade said...

*Jade stubmles in...

"Sorry am late boys... did I miss anything? I wanna play too... "


*Jade kneels down to whisper in Fesh's ear...
"Great post Fesh... I wonder about this myself sometimes, what if wireless networks & mobiles will braek out a cancerous generation where millions will die all together? What if the study that states that mobiles cause brain cancer is underestimated?"

Superluli said...

Since you are in elCairo - care for a cup of coffee with another fellow blogger?

Feshfesh said...

Yeah! Let's do something!