Category Archives: Blog

Building skyscrapers, and spending on major projects

How fast can buildings be built these days?

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Quick look at progress in nuclear energy

[Epistemic status: Possible] The idea of a nuclear chain reaction arose around 1930-40, the first reacton (Chicago Pile), a very barebones design, in 1942. Later, in 1956, a small (by today’s standards) plant at Calder Hall and a more experimental plant … Continue reading

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Is (useful) physics over?

[Epistemic status: highly likely] Physics has been proclaimed to be dead a few times. Is this time for real?

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Technology some people are excited about

(Epistemic status: Possible) Nat Friedman asked twitter for technology (or achievements enabled by future tech, or broadly “cool stuff”) people are excited about, and quite a few replied. Here’s a compiled list by theme with some comments. Some of these … Continue reading

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Links (20)

Collection of papers and articles that I’ve spotted since my previous links post that seem interesting.

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The crumbling public/private distinction

[Epistemic status: Possible. I’m introducing epistemic tags in the blog, stealing them from Gwern. This post is more of an speculation that rings sort of true, but I’m not too confident about it. Until know, when I’ve written something here, … Continue reading

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Links (19)

Collection of papers and articles that I’ve spotted since my previous links post that seem interesting.

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