Clearly a spaceship. Intentions? Unknown.
Photo Credit: European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser
As an engineer, there are few stories that amused me more than a 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: