Magnus Aschan

Journalist | Technologist | Public Speaker

Technology’s epic story

This talk, recorded 2009, with author and overall tech guru Kevin Kelly never gets old. Check it out at remember to pick up your jaw from the floor. Thanks.

 

Going into space with 64k

I’ve more or less grown up with the demo scene on Atari and Amiga. The magicians: coders, graphic artists and musicians made stuff happen on the screen that was simply jaw dropping. Not the least considering the 8-bit computers with all the limitations that implied.

The scene is still alive and limitations is still a factor. This demo Fermi Paradox by Mercury runs on Windows and only requires 64k. And yes, Jaw dropping is still a factor.

Getting our bearings straight

It almost a century ago since the Great Debate where Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis discussed the size of the universe. With the aid of Hubble we got to know a lot more about our place in space. And now, we know even more.

It turns out we are part of a supercluster of galaxies called Laniakea and it’s of course massive beyond comprehension. It spans more than 500 million light-years and contains more than 100,000 galaxies.