What was Isaac Asimov like in person?

Isaac Asimov, renowned as one of the most brilliant minds in science fiction, was not only an extraordinary writer but also an exemplary human being. His ability to weave complex scientific principles into fascinating narratives won him accolades worldwide and positioned him as a literary giant. For many, including myself, Asimov is a favorite, and his works continue to captivate readers with their thought-provoking themes and meticulous scientific underpinnings. His legacy is secured in the annals of science fiction as one of its most distinguished contributors.

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Audio Illusions: Can We Trust Our Ears?

We all know how our eyes can easily be deceived, as there are a lot of visual illusions that trick our eyes. But, it turns out our ears can be deceived too. We can easily be fooled into hearing something that actually isn’t there. ASAPScience published an amazing video about audio illusions.

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Fiat 500 60th Anniversary – the best commercial ever for a car

In my humble opinion, this commercial for Fiat 500 60th Anniversary is the best commercial ever for a car. The great Mario Lanza’s “Come Prima” (Like before) plays throughout the ad. The American actor Adrien Brody plays the main role of the man from the past.

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The early movies were much better in image quality than we think

During the first film screenings in the 1890s, viewers marveled at moving images that had an unprecedented power to transport them to faraway places in an instant. At first, these shorts – which included glimpses of everything from Niagara Falls to elephants in India – had no narrative structure. Audiences flocked to theatres simply for the novel experience of seeing people and places, some familiar and others deeply strange, rendered lifelike and immediate before their eyes.

As the film curator Dave Kehr explains in this video from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the images were hardly the grainy and frantically paced footage that has become synonymous with ‘old film’ today. Rather, viewed in their original form on large screens and prior to decades of degradation, these movies were vivid and realistic. In particular, early 68mm film, which was less practical than 35mm film and thus used less frequently, delivered startlingly lifelike impressions of distant realities to early moviegoers.

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Hoşgeldiniz Robot Efendilerimiz. Lütfen bizi işten atmayın…

Akıllı makineler büyük olasılıkla bizi öldürmeyecekler, ama kesinlikle işimizi elimizden alacaklar – ve bu düşündüğünüzden daha yakın bir zamanda gerçekleşecek.

Yine faydalı bir zihin egzersizi sunacağını düşündüğüm bir çeviri. Makalenin orijinali “Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don’t Fire Us?” başlığıyla Mother Jones dergisinin Mayıs/Haziran 2013 sayısında (ve derginin web sitesinde de) Kevin Drum imzasıyla yayınlanmıştır.

Special thanks to Max Horten, Rights and Permissions Manager of the Mother Jones Magazine – Çeviri için izin veren Mother Jones yöneticilerinden Max Horten’a ve bu yazıya dikkatimi ilk çeken Mert Derman’a teşekkür ederim.
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Fermi Paradoksu

Fermi paradoksu üzerine okuduğum en bilgilendirici ve kapsayıcı yazıyı Türkçeye kazandırmak istedim ve bu amaçla waitbutwhy.com‘a yazılarını çeviri izni için mesaj attım. Kısa sürede yanıt döndüler ve yazıyı çevirmeme izin verdiler. Wait But Why’dan Jordan Urban’a ve orijinal makaleye dikkatimi ilk çeken Mert Derman’a teşekkür ediyorum.
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