Stephen Hawking has passed away.

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Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby Mega85 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:58 pm UTC

Stephen Hawking passed away today. He was 76. Amazing that he lived so long considering the disease he had.

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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby heuristically_alone » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:44 pm UTC

Notwithstanding the disease he had, he lived so long. 76 years is a long time.
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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby New User » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:03 pm UTC

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.

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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby Mutex » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:21 pm UTC

He operated his voice-box using eye twitching I believe.

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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby pogrmman » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:01 pm UTC

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.

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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby New User » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:59 am UTC

That's even cooler. The guy was borderline cyborg.

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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby Kewangji » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:46 am UTC

What's borderline about it? I've got a robot pancreas and I'm pretty sure I'm a cyborg.
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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby New User » Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:43 pm UTC

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.

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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:51 pm UTC

Hawking Bot (if I've picked the right URL, sight-unseen).

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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby somitomi » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:56 am UTC

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.
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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby mathmannix » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:44 pm UTC

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?
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Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Postby New User » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:53 am UTC

Sounds good.


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