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Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
by Mega85
Stephen Hawking passed away today. He was 76. Amazing that he lived so long considering the disease he had.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
by heuristically_alone
Notwithstanding the disease he had, he lived so long. 76 years is a long time.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
by New User
I remember seeing him on television when he could move his hand enough to click one button. With that button, he could navigate menus displayed on a screen to choose words to make sentences, and he could do it quite quickly. I heard that in later years, he could only interface with his computer by blowing into a tube, but he was still very proficient at it. I wonder if he had a chance to experience any of the latest virtual reality technology that has taken off in recent years.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
by Mutex
He operated his voice-box using eye twitching I believe.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
by pogrmman
Mutex wrote:He operated his voice-box using eye twitching I believe.


That’s what he did when I saw him give a presentation and answer questions.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:59 am UTC
by New User
That's even cooler. The guy was borderline cyborg.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:46 am UTC
by Kewangji
What's borderline about it? I've got a robot pancreas and I'm pretty sure I'm a cyborg.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
by New User
Well, I don't know that Hawking actually had electronic parts implanted into his flesh. He was just an expert at interfacing with a computer that was in front of him. I can interface with a computer that's in front of me, but since Hawking could barely move, and he depended on his computer to do things that able-bodied people like me take for granted (like communicating with other people), then I'd say he's not quite a cyborg, but close. The line has become blurred.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
by Soupspoon
Hawking Bot (if I've picked the right URL, sight-unseen).

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:56 am UTC
by somitomi
New User wrote:Well, I don't know that Hawking actually had electronic parts implanted into his flesh. He was just an expert at interfacing with a computer that was in front of him. I can interface with a computer that's in front of me, but since Hawking could barely move, and he depended on his computer to do things that able-bodied people like me take for granted (like communicating with other people), then I'd say he's not quite a cyborg, but close. The line has become blurred.

I'm reminded of the joke conspiracy theory, that Hawking's speech synthesis computer was actually an AI and it just came up with whatever "Hawking said" on its own.

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
by mathmannix
New User wrote:Well, I don't know that Hawking actually had electronic parts implanted into his flesh. He was just an expert at interfacing with a computer that was in front of him. I can interface with a computer that's in front of me, but since Hawking could barely move, and he depended on his computer to do things that able-bodied people like me take for granted (like communicating with other people), then I'd say he's not quite a cyborg, but close. The line has become blurred.

So if the robot parts are in you, you're a cyborg. I'm guessing that if it's the other way around, you're in a mecha?

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:53 am UTC
by New User
Sounds good.