Essence of Genius
“The essence of genius is to know what to overlook”— William James. To solve a problem or explain a phenomenon, analytical genius untangles the relevant from the irrelevant factors. Genius extricates the generative essence to the smallest set of fundamental factors from which the other factors derive. Genius is less dependent on extensive memory (although this aids in the search of possibilities) and more so on the ability to conjure a mental model.
Envisioned by Da Vinci in 1490, working prototypes now exist of machines that fly with an orchestration of gliding and flapping their articulated avian-like wings. [video example] An articulated wing combines the vertical lift and maneuverability of a helicopter with the range, energy efficiency and safety of a large winged glider.
Information Is Alive!
The technological singularity is a theory that computer-based intelligences will significantly exceed the sum total of human brainpower. If true, humans would theoretically lose the ability to plan since they wouldn't comprehend the future possibilities that the computers would contemplate. Ray Kurzweil and others predict this to occur sometime between 2020 and 2045.
Before Einstein's relativity, scientists described objects in the universe with a position in `[x,y,z]` coordinates in the three-dimensional Euclidean space at any given point in time `t`. Special relativity can be derived quite simply as follows, which suffices only for non-quantum size objects and locally where gravity (i.e. the relative global mass distribution of objects) isn't a significant factor.