Clearly a spaceship. Intentions? Unknown.
Photo Credit: European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser
There are few stories that amused my engineering colleagues and me more than the recent report that our end would come not at the hands of Skynet, a group of “defense network computers, new, powerful, hooked into everything, trusted to run it all,” but at the hands of Facebook, the social networking site launched from a Harvard dorm room. The first reports were ominous and entertaining: