Virtual presentations and conferences

The internet makes travel unnecessary… Of course it’s much more fun to actually go to a science conference somewhere in a distant country. But, at least if we want to explore the information presented, we don’t need to go anywhere anymore. As long as we know where to find this information. That’s the hard part. Today I stumbled upon, where I watched a presentation by Richard Dawkins. It was almost as if I was there. A bit of virtual reality would really help there. Perhaps another 10 years…


OTOY Video Demo Video

Yes that is “video” twice in a sentence. What is OTOY? It sounds like a toy store or a game, or a silly web2.0 name, but in fact it is an interface to a huuuuge rendering farm (go look that up). And wow, does it render. If you have seen movies like ehm… yes, Toy Story for instance, well, now you can get the same amount of pixels and cool graphics right in your browser, and soon in say.. an iPhone!

OTOY Video Demo Video

Terrifying? Not really.

But the message is clear, and yes, I know that the world will end. But since I already know it I am not shocked. I am still trying to figure out where his logic is flawed, or at least missing some points.

Decide for yourself. And actually I think we could use this kind of logic in daily life a lot more, it only we’d really listen to it. We know we don’t, so maybe there is no point!

As I read yesterday for instance that people are more afraid of a quick certain death than a slow uncertain death (sci-am). So people will be more afraid of let’s say a convicted fellon living in their street, than smoking a pack of cigarettes each day, even though the actual chance of dying from smoking is way bigger.

Someone wrote in the Amigoe (local newspaper) that it is a ridiculous idea to think that solar power could save us, since we’d have to put up solar cells for miles and miles to have enough power for the country. So, who cares? I’d rather have a national park filled with solar cells, and be able to breath fresh air, and use an electric car, than having to breath the dirty car exhaust gasses and be broke from paying gas. I say lets put solar panels in all deserts, national parks, and fill up this earth with free energy.