February 27, 2024

Ancient Engravings Resembling Electric Lights and Generators

Q: The temple walls in Denera, dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Hathor, contain engravings that resemble electric lights and generators. Room 17 shows a depiction of braided cables leading to a box that engineers have identified as a primitive Crookes tube. The Crookes tube was the forerunner of the modern television tube. A van de Graaf generator is also portrayed, representing the generation of electricity. Egyptologists date this temple art to between 300 B.C. and 30 B.C. Is it possible there was electricity and television that long ago?

A: Who knows? I just wonder how often they lost their signal and if they had to watch reruns as much as we are forced to.


Q: Humans could marry robots within the century and consummate those vows. “My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots,” artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience. Could you imagine having sex with a robot?

A: I guess so. I’ve been accused of being one enough times.


Q: The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life. Funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the finished array will have 350 six metre antennas and will be one of the world’s largest. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) will be able to sweep more than one million star systems for radio signals generated by intelligent beings. Its creators hope it will help spot definite signs of alien life by 2025. Do you think they will be successful and find an intelligent life beyond earth?

A: I’m still waiting for them to find intelligent life on earth. Gauging intelligence by human behavior, I think 2025 is too short a time.


Q: I’ve been reading about the risks involved with certain Halloween games. These are paranormal games that are played in the dark of night, and can have unexpected, even terrifying results. Some are so frightening, they shouldn’t be played at all, like “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board,” the Ouija board, “Bloody Mary” and spoon bending. Are you aware of the perils of playing these games?

A: The danger seems to be inflicted upon those who take the games seriously. In the case of Ouija, poor spellers often suffer greatly.


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