Fred Hapgood

Fred Hapgood, who occasionally comments here, has written several interesting pieces for CSO over the years. Fer instance:

On underground construction and security. Did you know the biggest tunnel boring machines have a rock-cutting surface as wide as 50′, and the leading-edge models can sense forthcoming changes in the ground conditions ahead of them? (Sidebar on the world’s largest underground excavations, for stat geeks.)

On the networking of printers, air conditioning units, forklifts and everything else. This was written in 04, so much of what was visionary then has already come to pass.

On anonymous Web surfing.

Fred’s also very knowledgable about transhumanism and singularities and other stuff – I once described him as a ‘renegade science nut’ which may not have impressed him but which amused me greatly. :)  Fred, can you point people to current projects of interest on the Web?


3 thoughts on “Fred Hapgood

  1. The underground article was especially compelling. I would love to see the underground city Fred talked about in the article. I wonder about the psychological effects of working and/or living underground, though.

    On the other hand, the hobbits from Lord of the Rings and Martians from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians have known the value of underground dwellings for years. Maybe it’s time we took a lesson from them.

  2. > I wonder about the psychological effects of working and/or living
    > underground, though.

    It’s a subtle question. Of course with cheap display films it is possible to put almost any image of any size anywhere, with the possible exception of a direct view of the sun. So there is no
    obvious — I stress obvious — reason why if you need to live in
    Big Sky country you can’t do so in an interior space that either
    simulates Montana or is a direct feed in real time from the actual
    place. There might be subtle issues having to do with decoupling
    physical from sensory space, but they would be subtle.

    That said, it is sort of interesting that landscape webcams haven’t really caught on as a windows supplement. Theoretically there seem to be real advantages in replacing windows with displays — economies of construction, energy efficiency, and of course any number of flexibilities (you can put these windows anywhere, make them any size you like, and have them open onto anything). Of course the technology isn’t great yet, but I’m beginning to wonder if there is a problem here.

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