Year in review 2016

2016 is over, so it’s time to update the end-of-year civilization benchmarks. I’ve dropped the solar power production as energy was already covered by the Kardashev score and overindexing on one particular technology is probably unwise. I’m also not so sure how to think about the ATLAS row, as the energies are changing as the luminosity changes, year on year. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Supercomputer (PFLOPs) 10.51 17.59 33.86 33.86 33.86 93.01
Known exoplanets 716 854 1055 1855 2041 3557
ATLAS integ. lumin. (fb-1) 5.46 28.54 28.54 28.54 32.89 71.8
GenBank base pairs (billions) 135.1 148.4 156.2 184.9 203.9 224.9
Kardashev score 0.724 0.725 0.726 0.727 0.727 NA
World population (billions) 7.0 7.1 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4

What do I usually even write here? I don’t remember. I finished 60 new books this year, only a fraction of which I blog reviewed. I successfully defended my master’s thesis and can now append MSc after my name. You know, if I was a douche. I’ve been undergoing allergy desensitization therapy the past few years, and it paid off big this summer (normally I have hard allergic conjunctivitis from the beginning of May through the end of August). No symptoms, so that’s plus one right there for modern medicine.

For people super bummed about 2016, take the large view, the long view, stop following the news so closely and read or listen to more books, meditate on how bad it could get, listen to some good tunes, and browse some dank memes.

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