The next big technological leap? Look to the 60s.

Posted on August 1, 2007. Filed under: cell phones, Clovis de Matos, communicator, Door Into Summer, Gravitomagnetic London Moment, hypospray, iRobot, LCARS, Martin Tajmar, MediaPost, PADD, Robert Heinlen, Roomba, Science Fiction, Star Trek, transporter |

I just read an interesting article about the next technology. The author suggested that looking to Science Fiction is the best way to anticipate it.
How true.
The original Star Trek anticipated disc-based data storage, public PCs, small and portable personal computers, universal translator, PDAs, cell phones hypo-spray, networked computers, wikis, voice recognition, fiber optics, even the Transporter has been created, granted in it’s VERY early stages.
Walt Disney said “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.” Science Fiction writers are great dreamers, often with some knowledge of technology and science, though that never held them back. As an avid reader of Sci Fi, I’ve enjoyed the last decade immensely, especially as I see concepts from the 50s and 60s come alive. I’m sure they guys at iRobot read The Door Into Summer not long before they began work on the Roomba!
So, pick up a book….

addendum

Some science purists complain that in Sci Fi movies, the characters walk upright in their spaceships. There are also instances of hovering vehicles such as Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder. Many have complained that this kind of technology will never exist. Those people need to repeat after me: “D’oh!”

Scientists from the European Space Agency have measured a gravitational field for the first time in a laboratory. They used rings of superconducting material that rotated 6500 times per minute to generate a man-made magnetic field. Martin Tajmar, ARC Seibersdorf Research GmbH, Austria; Clovis de Matos, ESA-HQ, Paris; and colleagues have dubbed it the Gravitomagnetic London Moment.

Check out the original article.

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Every once in a while, I grab my RAZR, flip it open and yell “beam me up Scotty”. LOL

My wife thinks I’m a dork, but if you look at that phone, it’s a dead ringer for the communicators used on the Enterprise. Do you ever wonder if Motorola was thinking the same thing when they designed it?

Check out the update to the article. Very interesting.

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