Science fiction is a popular source of entertainment, with its descriptions of futuristic societies and their use of technology. Most of it seems closer to magical premonitions than to reliable predictions, but other stories are eerily realistic, based on existing technology and the extrapolation of new developments. In some cases, this means that authors have actually predicted systems that seemed like magic back then, but are widely used now. For example, not many people know that Mark Twain, famous for his novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, predicted the internet in his short story “From the London Times of 1904” no later than 1898. In this story, he describes a network of information and communication formed by a system of telephones.read more
There are countless examples of humanity envisaging a deus ex machina come to either usher in a technological utopia or wreak unmitigated destruction. At the end of Terminator 3, artificial intelligence becomes self-aware and acts to eliminate its primary threat – humanity. In I, Robot a similarly advanced artificial intelligence (AI) attempts to sequestrate humanity for its own good, avoiding further human-on-human conflict.read more
In virtual-reality speak, ‘immersion’ can mean a number of different things. Ever taken a look at the Matrix, and thought about what it might mean for us? Rene Descartes was one of the first to ask this question – if we’re totally ‘immersed’ in an environment where all sense stimuli are artificially produced and fed to us, how could we distinguish that environment from external reality?read more
RocketHub is a place where people can go and ask for donations for things ranging from programs to crazy devices. Sometimes the projects are bunks and others are unquie and creative. One such creative project is one by Rob Petkau, who is asking for donations to create a working Jedi Holocron.read more
A $10 million prize is being offered to whomever can create a Star Trek like tricorder that actually works. The deal is to create a tricorder that can actually diagnose a specified set of 15 diseases.
The prize is being offered by the Qualcomm Tricroder X Prize. Who stated that the tricorder needs to specifically meet the following criteria “”key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases.” The device will also need to meet the weight criteria of 5lbs or less this way it can be easily carried.
What some people don’t know is that a small company had actually created a tricorder that was both a thermometer and barometer and could do other functions. It was created by Vital Technologies Corporation who shortly after went bankrupt. They called the tricorder “Official Star-Trek Tricorder Mark 1” (formally, the TR-107 Tricorder Mark 1) which was made back in 1996.read more