Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha launched this past weekend. Though it has its quirks, it is notable as a new type of “computational knowledge” search engine. For RPG players who like to crunch numbers and science, especially with a game like Eclipse Phase, it has some interesting potential. For example, let’s say you’ve set your personal Eclipse Phase …

A self-replicating machine child is born

A few days ago (May 29) was a momentous day for the open source tech movement — the RepRap open source 3-D printer made its first copy of itself. What is RepRap? Printers are a common everyday machine. They use ink and technology to make things in 2 dimensions. Imagine if instead of printing on …