Author : Steven Popkes

Steven Popkes lives in Massachusetts on two acres where he and his wife raise bananas, persimmons and turtles. His work has been published across spectrum, collected in numerous Best ofs, and nominated for a Nebula award. His day job is in aerospace making sure rockets continue to go where they are pointed. He insists he is not a rocket scientist. He is a rocket engineer.

Chatbots vs Actual Intelligence

Everybody else is weighing in on the chatbot revolution. I guess it’s my turn. (Picture from here.) ChatGPT, and the other “AI” tools that have

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State of the Farm, March, 2023

  It’s been a mild winter. (Picture from here.) The weather has been mild and nearly snowless. The temperature has been either warm or hovering

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Ergaster’s Children

When I first moved up here to Massachusetts, I did what I always do when visiting a new town, I went to the science museum.

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Arts & Crafts II

I made a knife from scratch. Well, to be absolutely honest, I made about 70% of a knife. I took an intro class from Elijah

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Environmentally Pro Nuclear

(Picture from here.) These are the kinds of posts that get me in trouble. I am quite pro-environmental. We have as much solar as we

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Scientists and Engineers in SFF

Here are my notes from the Scientists and Engineers in SFF at Arisia 2023. (Picture from here.) Observations: While science is often prevalent in SF,

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Cheese Ends, 20230102

What better way to start the year than with Cheese Ends? (Picture from here.) I’m getting older every year, so we’ll start with a possible

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More on Developmental Evolution

Last time I talked about the evolution of structures—called morphogenesis, in biology. (Picture from here.) I spoke of it a bit frivolously in the context

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