SGU Cutting Room Floor - Episode #487
As usual, there are far too many news items to cover in any one episode. Here are some of the news items we couldn’t get to in episode 487:
Will your smartphone be able to tell when you are lying? The technology appears to be coming, but whether or not your smartphone can really detect your lies will be the subject of much debate. From the article in The Washington Post:
We are nearing a point where our smartphones will be able to recognize a face or voice, in real life or on-screen. And identification is only the most basic of the possibilities. Many app-makers are experimenting with software that can also analyze – able to determine someone’s emotions or honesty just by a few facial cues.
If you’ve bee paying attention to the “career” of Dan Akroyd in the past 20 year, you will know that he is a believer in many woo ideas, especially UFO’s and ET’s. In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, Dan explained why he thinks ET’s haven’t made contact with humans yet:
“[It’s] because we are a violent species. They don’t want anything to do with us. They watch us. There were two white orbs over Jersey when the second tower went down on 9/11. They were on CNN for about two minutes… They never showed it again … Can you imagine what was going through their advanced minds when they saw what happened on 9/11? These humans crashing our highest evolution in aviation into our highest evolution in architecture and metallurgy, like kids wrecking toys in the sandbox. They are disgusted with us. And rightly so. Because we are a depraved, disgusting species.”
Nine men in the village of Tahehyi, 180 miles north of the capital Asuncion, have been charged with first-degree murder for killing a woman they believed to be a “witch”. As reported by Sky News:
An indigenous woman accused of being a witch has been tied to a wooden pole, shot with arrows and then burned alive in Paraguay. Adolfina Ocampos, 45, was allegedly killed after sorcery claims by members of the Mbya Guarani indigenous community after being sentenced to death last week by the group’s chief.
Other universes are real, they exist in vast numbers, and they exert influence on each other. At least that is the claim being made by a team of physicists and mathematicians, as they describe it in their “many interacting worlds” (MIW) theory, which was published in the journal Physical Review X. As reported by RT.com:
There are three main points to the MIW theory, according to the Griffith statement. First, that the universe we live in is just one of an unknown “gigantic” number of worlds, some of which are “almost identical to ours,” but most are “very different.” Second, all of the worlds are “equally real,” existing continuously through time with precisely defined properties.Third, quantum phenomena arise from “a universal force of repulsion between ‘nearby’ (i.e. similar) worlds, which tends to make them more dissimilar.”