Woody Norris invents cutting edge sonic devices

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Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: “Almost nothing has been invented yet.” So — what’s next?

Woody Norris is a serial inventor of electronics, tools and cutting-edge sonic equipment — such as the LRAD acoustic cannon.

The acoustic cannon he invented seems like a real cool device. can be quite scary hearing voices in your head that nobody else does…

Fasten Your Seatbelts – Forward the Future

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When the present promises only economic hardship and political upheaval, what does the future look like?

In 2009, it looks like a world of gleaming spaceships filled with enlightened people who have emerged with their humanity intact after a terrible war. They have entered the 23rd century, shed racism, no longer use money, possess seemingly magical technologies and are devoted to peaceful exploration. I refer of course to “Star Trek” and its powerful story of a better tomorrow, which has been mesmerizing audiences for almost half a century and returns to movie theaters this coming May with an eagerly anticipated 11th full-length feature.

But wait. The future also looks like this: a dark, violent world where a horrific war between humans and cyborgs leads to the near-extermination of humanity. This vision, in the latest “Terminator” movie, is also arriving at your nearest mutiplex in May.

We imagine the future in places other than the movie theater, of course. Still, these two familiar franchises underscore the conflicting stories we tell ourselves in uncertain times about what lies ahead: Either we’re bound for a techno-utopia of adventure, or a grim, Orwellian dystopia where humanity is on the brink of implosion.

science fiction stories can often be looked at as warnings of our future, or sell us hope for humanity. our present day is a complex cacophony of events, disease, strife, poverty, conflicts, discoveries, changes in human behaviours, alliances etc. for those of us with children, we wonder what sort of a world are we raising our children in, and what world is in store for their children. it is often scary. but hopeful.

many of the predictions in science fiction may or may not come true, but one thing that fascinates me is what is the prediction of human behaviours… as this will determine whether our future is bleak, or pleasant. once again, this is the very question asked by the Joker and Batman in Dark Knight.

Are we all madness waiting to come out, or do we have good in ourselves?

10 sci-fi technologies that just might happen

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My buddies at SFSignal pointed me towards this Top 10 list of sci-fi tropes and technologies that will never come true. Well, being a contrarian who likes a challenge, I’ve decided to postulate circumstances wherein each of these ideas could come to fruition, if only to poke the hornet’s nest. Here we go:

faster than light (ftl) travel, resurrection of dinosaurs, the cure pill etc are just some sci-fi ideas which could quite possibly be achieved in reality. however, we have long predicted the possibility of flying cars… but where are they today?

in any case, this is a little thought provoking article which gives us a bit of foresight on some of the future technologies we want to keep our eyes on today.

The Most Accurate (and Inaccurate) Predictions About Homes of the Future

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For decades, scifi movies and futurist documentaries have promised us domestic bliss via flying cars and housecleaning droids. We may not have home heliports yet, but several old movies actually got it right when it came to predicting the crazy gadgets that would be in our homes today. We’ve whipped up an infographic for you (just click it to expand) that shows what nine movies predicted, and how accurate they were.

We all were told that the 21st century will herald the flying car…. we are still waiting.

Cal Scientists: One Step Closer To Spiderman-Like Substance

source site – Cal Scientists: One Step Closer To Spiderman-Like Substance – News Story – KNTV | San Francisco

According to UC Berkeley researchers, that day may come for the rest of us. The scientists announced Wednesday they have made progress in creating a synthetic, gecko-like adhesive that shakes off dirt.

“It brings us closer to being able to build truly all-terrain robots, which will in the future be able to scamper up walls and across ceilings in everyday environments rather than only on clean glass,” said Ron Fearing, UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

interesting that this material will allow machines to climb almost vertical surfaces. there are a number of applications with the increasing number of skyscrapers being built today.