Author archive for StevePestana

  • Communing With the Future and Safeguarding the Nuclear Crypt

    By StevePestana on February 1, 2015
    In the desert wastelands of western North America, a curious observer might witness mysterious formations of lights hanging in the night sky, tracing labyrinthine paths before jetting off into oblivion. But it is hidden underfoot and out of sight, beneath the rocky arid expanse of desert terrain, that an underground fortress may contain a great malevolence locked behind vault doors. […]
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  • The MegaCorps of Spaceflight

    By StevePestana on September 2, 2014
    Like the monolithic and infallible Weyland-Yutani of the Alien and Predator film/media franchise, modern day spaceflight is reserved for the political superpowers of Earth and the associated mega-corporations that dominate the technologies and capabilities of spaceflight. Low-cost, democratized spaceflight accessible to all citizens of Earth has long been a dream of space pioneers since even before the days of Wernher […]
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  • The Neutrality of Technology in Elysium and Today

    By StevePestana on October 26, 2013
    The bolt spins into the mounting hole with precise rotations as blood seeps up from the skin under the neural interface computer. Max Da Costa, former car thief and ex-convict turned factory worker has a powered exoskeleton suit fixed to his body giving him super-human strength. In the dystopian Los Angeles of 2154 life is hard despite the existence of […]
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  • Inspiration for the Future of Space

    By StevePestana on August 1, 2013
    “Anything that one man is capable of imagining, other men will be capable of making a reality” — Jules Verne The technological marvel that is the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” compared to the massive nuclear powered submarines that roam Earth’s oceans today provides an excellent example of a science fiction story predicting future technologies. But […]
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  • Alan Turing and the Philosophical Problems of AI

    By StevePestana on December 21, 2012
    Can machines think? This is a question asked by the influential British computer scientist Alan Turing (for which the Turing test is named) in his paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” in 1950. More notably he asks the question, “Can machines do what we (as thinking entities) can do?” Since the 1940s, Turing explored some of the first questions about “intelligent machines”, or as commonly called now, artificial intelligence (I’ll use both terms synonymously).
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  • Utopia, Dystopia and Cyberpunk reality

    By StevePestana on November 23, 2012
    Our world is in constant tension between the utopia envisioned by optimistic forward thinkers, and the dystopian reality of human survival and the lengths at which an individual will go to achieve what they can within their limited mortal life.
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