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online-conversations.net

Goal

Our goal is to make the world a better place and a core aspect of this is how people relate to each other, truly putting people at the centre of the internet.

Imagine…

Imagine being able to have a discussion with someone on a very different part of the political spectrum from you without acrimony or arguments, just a reasoned debate where you can really learn to understand the person’s hopes and fears and see your common ground.
Imagine being able to have a discussion with an expert in their field and you have access to ask questions as much as you like without the person running out of time or patience.
Imagine being able to have a discussion with someone in a different part of the world or a very different social class but being able to do this from the safety and comfort of your own office or home.
Imagine your great, great grand-children having a discussion with you long after you are gone.
Furthermore, imagine answering questions and having a forum where you can really explain yourself to the world at your own pace.
This what ‘online-conversations.net’ enables. (name up for discussion)

The way it works

You answer questions and the replies you make are video or audio recorded and the resulting recording is put on youtube with a coded name so it can easily and quickly be searched by the system.
You ask questions of a person who has answered questions and they are instantly played back for you.
If the question you ask has not been asked of the person, a notification will be given so that the person can answer the question in the future both for you and for everyone else who will ask the question in the future.

Known Issues

Very few people know how to record video of themselves well so the system and the interface design would need to deal with how to edit out the moment the user clicks on the record/end record button and so on.

Benefits

This can be a way for people to really express themselves in a controlled way, where they are guaranteed to get their position across without being interrupted or having an argument.
It’s one thing to listen or watch a full documentary of someone but something else to be able to ask specific questions and to get immediate answers.
Popular people can have ‘conversations’ with millions without spending more time than if they are talking with only one person.
This can provide very clean citations where the person has stated exactly what they mean.

Future Enhancements

This is a prime opportunity for AI to learn more about each person and to offer possible answers to questions which have not been asked before. The AI which can be developed for this can then be fed questions and answers from people who have not used the system, based on recordings of them or documents written by them.
When the system has enough people answering enough questions, we can do large scale analysis and let the end user do the same, such as allowing for the question: who else says something like this? or is this a common answer? etc….
Users should be able to edit answers into a new type of conversation-document where they can link discussions together and the audience can choose to partake passively or actively.
This could also be a powerful way to check shifting perspectives.
Should we think of building this?
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The Universe Globe Project

This is a project to build a 2 meter diameter scale model of the universe as we understand it in 2012 with the best manufacturing capability we have available today.

The 2 meter diameter globe is 465,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 scale
Artist Statement

Imagine the whole universe in front of you, two metes wide, slightly wider than your reach. You can see almost half a million galaxies, like snow flakes, beautiful and serene.

This is everything there is, as far as we understand it today, at a scale impossible to fully comprehend even as you as staring right at it.

Yet you are part of this connected to it and your location while looking at the sculpture is not only physically impossible, it’s also theoretically impossible: There is no outside the universe.

Scales

The 2 meter diameter globe is 465,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 scale.

As would be described on the plinth: At this scale our milky way galaxy is in reality 0.000,215 millimeters in diameter but the smallest detail the manufacturing can present with current technology is 0.1 millimeters so the dots in the sphere will be 500 times larger than the galaxies actually are  – to see a galaxy in the size of a 10th of a millimeter dot the sculpture would need to be a kilometer in diameter…

Sphere Production

The sphere will be created as well as we can today, and there may well be artifacts and limitations but that is fine, it is still a reflection of what we understand and can accomplish in 2016.

Plinth Production

The plinth will have the name of the sculpture, list the primary creators and donors as well as the stats of the universe as we understand it today.

Scales will be included here such as how big would our solar system be if the model was the size of the earth.

Augmented Reality

The future can include building at AR app where looking at the model can produce many types of useful visual overlay.

Data

The data will be used from the best available sources as of today.

Notes on measurements and scales

The known universe is 93 billion light-years wide.

1 light year is: =
10 trillion kilometres or
10,000,000,000,000 kilometers or
10,000,000,000,000,000 meters
10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 meters is 1 billion light years (light year * billion (1,000,000,000))
93 billion light years therefore is =
930,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 meters and if we divide that by two we get the scale of the model:
465,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1.

The Milky ways is 100,000 light years in diameter, or
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 meters.
Divide this by the scale of the model:
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000/465,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
=0.000,002,150,537,634 meters in diameter. This is 0.000,215 millimeters.

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