Earlier in June, I found myself going through another book that goes by the title of "Gravity's Arc: The Story of Gravity from Aristotle to Einstein and Beyond". I think the title does justice and I don't have to elaborate much on what this book is about.
I managed to go through half the book and I intend to finish the other half.
Now one of the many things they talk about in this book is this concept of a Space Gun. John Hunter's Space Gun.
I wasn't exactly sure if this project was technically possible. But then I wondered, if this guy (John Hunter) has been mentioned in a book that contains names such as Copernicus, Galileo, Einstein and even some of the modern day scientists. Then there has got to be a reason for that.
This got me a bit more interested in John Hunter, the inventor and the scientist. So I ended up spending the next 45 minutes to an hour looking up this guy on the web. I couldn't find many references, but I did manage to find this one interview that has been posted on medium.com and I found it to be quite informative.
According to John Hunter:
Those numbers alone warrant further analysis when it comes to the claims that John Hunter has made. Also, it's worth noting that the proposed space gun is reusable and it is powered by hydrogen. Two very solid advantages over traditional rocket based technologies.
This is a very interesting proposition. I can't help but think of the different ways such a system can be leveraged for purposes other than shooting cargo in space. For starters, a modified version of this invention could help revolutionize the delivery system that will potentially be powered by drones. That requires a fundamental redesign of the urban landscape. As you don't want to shoot projectiles over populations.
John Hunter is an interesting fellow and it seems like he has enough experience to be able to backup a revolutionary invention such as a space gun and help make it see the light of the day.
It's interesting to see developments in the world of robotics and to think and wonder about the different possibilities that such a movement could power in the near future.
I've been casually observing the work done by companies such Boston Robotics. Also, as I have shared on my blog before, Boston Robotics acquisition by Google is very interesting.
Now, Boston Robotics have this one product and it's called Petman. When I look at a product such as Petman, I can't help but wonder:
Petman can change a lot of things across a very wide spectrum.
Also, Petman reminds me of C-3PO and I never thought of C-3PO as a robot. It was just another character. But what a great enabler it was!
Working out and meditating. Two activities that I have recently incorporated as part of my daily routine and they've had such a positive impact on me.
The routine, is what makes the difference.
Overall, I feel more calm and confident. I feel good!
Back in the 90's and this would be during my teens, one of the TV shows that I used to watch with great interest was the series called "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest".
This was a powerful and captivating cartoon series, with all the right ingredients in the mix. There was adventure, action and suspense. But there were also themes if one was paying enough attention. There was this eclectic mix of computers and technology in general, virtual reality, virtual worlds/cyber space and some, if not all of the episodes were related to either investigating a paranormal event or beating up the bad guys in the real and/or virtual worlds.
The development and background of each one of the characters and their stories was really well thought out and it complimented the overall story really well. Speaking of the characters, the show consisted of the following. (In random order):
Now, this tv series (that was developed in the 90's) largely focused around Jonny, Hadji and Jessie. With Dr. Benton Quest and Race Bannon making appearances from time to time. Thought I'd make that distinction, as some of the previous versions from the 60's and 70's had more so focused on the characters of Dr. Benton Quest and Race Bannon.
That being said, Dr. Benton Quest was and will be my favourite fictional character from an actual TV series. I used to watch this character with great interest. The character of Dr. Quest was depicted as a brilliant scientist, someone who is well versed with the different kinds of technology. He also possessed a broad range of interests, that would range from archaeology to an interest in mysticism. From time to time, the US Government would hire him, with the intent of unravelling and investigating the unexplained paranormal events.
The thing that captured the bulk of my attention was the use of Technology. For me personally, my love for technology came about at a very early age and that was when my dad got us a Atari and a couple of books on how to code in BASIC.
But, only after watching and observing Dr. Benton Quest, could I begin to understand the world of possibilities that could come about with the proper use of technology. I mean there were always other shows and movies. But the interactions as they were exhibited by Dr. Benton Quest, seemed like a very natural and logical extension of technology in the next decade or so. The kinds of technologies that seemed more realistic and attainable within the next decade or so.
Now that I look back and recollect those very interactions, I can see how this fictional character of Dr. Benton Quest was shown as making good use of the following technologies (below). Please note: This was a while back and I am pulling all of this from memory and my memory from the 90's is hazy at best. But, let's give it a try:
Like I said, such a fascinating character. Even if it was fictional. Overall, the cartoon series also made it a point in promoting good themes. Such as the indirect promotion of science and technology and also important concepts such as diversity, respect, service and sacrifice.
Odd coincidence, my height and weight is exactly the same, compared to this fictional character of Dr. Benton Quest. Also similarity of interest when it comes to science, computer science, archaeology and some mysticism.
Last but not the least, why don't they make tv shows like these anymore?
Creation of a subset within a Social Network with a specific focus on v 2.0 of the 'Dunbar’s limit' that is dynamic in nature and continually evolves
Amongst other things, I've also been thinking about the Dunbars limit. I think this area, or rather ‘the logic encapsulated within this theory’ needs further research. So, that the main tenet being proposed can be broken down analytically, reconstructed and reapplied to a wide and varied dataset. With the eventual goal of having these newly defined concepts, for them to be reapplied in new and unique ways. I am thinking ‘influence’ (1:1 ratio) and how that can be monetized at the very least.
Now, it seems to me that, some subset of the 150 people that we can have stable relationships with, that this subset and the subset within this subset, that they keep evolving on an ongoing basis. If that even makes sense. Maybe the second visual below will make some sense.
What I mean by evolution in this respect, is that the individuals within some (if not all) of these subset, that they keep changing and are constantly being replaced by other individuals on an ongoing basis. That there are different gradients within each of these categories.
It true, I would suspect that this can be attributed to the new and emerging forms of communication. Whether it be social media, new ways of getting work/projects done etc.
So if we can visualize what I'm actually saying right now, then what I’d do is to look at the total number of people that an individual could have some kind of association with.
Since I'm not an expert in this field, what I've done is to simply come up with some simple categorizations. For simplicity’s sake, let’s go with the frequency of communications between an individual, let’s call this individual Jane and the group that Jane would interact with.
Here is how I would visualize these very interactions. Obviously these numbers are made up.
Hence, this (above) could be considered as a very basic model and framework for depicting a logical breakdown of Jane’s association with others, in her network. The percentages would be governed by the recency and frequency of the various interactions.
But, what if this framework could then be broken down into different layers. A sample visualization has been provided below with my very limited photoshop skills at play.
Now these layers would contain data relating to the frequency and recency of interactions with each and every individual that Jane would interact with. We don’t care if this interaction is in the offline world (in-person, phone e.t.c) or the digital world. As long as it can be measured, it can then be applied within the constructs of the system being discussed.
Now you may ask, what's the benefit of such a model? Well, for starters, such a model would allow the ability to calculate, with some level of precision, the ‘influence’ individuals have over one another.
Aggregating the sum total, of this influence, in it's different forms, may also allow us to have a better gauge over an individual's influence over a group or groups.
But, in a Donald's Rumsfeldian way, one would have to be mindful of the fact that we can't measure what we can't measure. As in, offline communications that cannot be measured, but may have powerful influence, relating to one individual over another.
Overall, it begets the question why would you want to do something like that? As in, measure influence that individuals would have over one another in their own group settings.
To go back to the very instance, where I came up with the thought of connecting the different gradients (hypothetical) and layers (hypothetical) within the Dunbar’s limit and connecting them with the spheres of influence (also hypothetical). I think that's where the money is.
We have now come to a point where we can measure the influence an individual can exhibit over their network (Linkedin, Klout e.t.c). I think the time has come, to be able to measure these 1:1 interactions and to then be able to aggregate and measure them holistically.
I can think of a lot of different ways this mechanism for measuring influence can actually be monetized. Some examples that I can think of right now:
I can think of many other ideas along these categories. But the time has come to call it a day and hit the gym. Overall, this idea needs more time, research and thinking. As frequency and recency alone are not a good indicator of measuring influence.
By the way, I've been working on a project in this area that I have just elaborated upon. Something that could potentially morph into a subset of this very idea. A very tiny subset.
Details to follow.