Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Count Zero
by William Gibson

This is Gibson's second book, published after Neuromancer; it is set in the same near-future Earth. A corporate mercenary is given the task of getting a high tech executive (and his new biochip) to safety.

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Future Face - The Principal Eigenface?
   Will the widespread use of digital enhancement to "improve" faces in photographs suggest the kind of face that people will have in the future?

DARPA's 'BigDog' Robot Now In Puppy Stage
   The Defense Advanced Research Project Authority (DARPA) Learning Locomotion project seeks to create algorithms that help multi-legged platforms learn to walk in varied terrain. DARPA will be handing out a series of $600K-$800K research grants to teac

Pneupard Feline Pneumatic Quadruped Robot
   'The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah's.'-

Philips Readius E-Reader With Rollable Display
   First prototype of a rollable display electronic document reader.

Origami Cell Phone Concept
   Great concepts galore from a company called Inventables; I found one that is a twenty-year-old sf idea.

Butterfly Wing Phone Screen
   This unusual design has the virtue of being realizable with today's technology.

Philips Readius E-Ink Video
   This video really demonstrates how cool this device is.

Polymer Vision Readius With Merely Foldable Display
   I liked the idea of a fully rollable display better. Picky, picky, picky.

Readius Rollable Display Starts Mass Production
   You can roll up a newspaper, magazine and even a paperback book; try that with a Kindle. The Readius uses a great display technology.

Readius Cell Phone 5-Inch Fold Out Display
   This Philips product will actually be available this year

Readius Polymer Vison E-Ink Video
   This video lets you see the future in the palm of someone else's hand.

Autonomous Robot Weapons For Terrorists?
   This may sound a bit far-fetched, but insurgents have always been adaptive.

When Slamhounds Attack
   Pretty good video not only presents sfnal inventions from the past two generations, but tells you how to solve any problems arising from the use thereof.

Samsung Folding Screen Cell Phone Video
   I think that William Gibson called this one pretty closely back in 1986; watch the video and read the excerpt from the novel and judge for yourself.

Self-Folding 'Origami Robot' Smart Sheet
   Updated! What science-fictional devices could you make with this real-life technology?

Razer Project Valerie Laptop Unfurls
   'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently...' - William Gibson, 1986.

Cheetah Robot Will Run Faster Than Humans
   I'd like to see a robot running at full speed for a cheetah, about sixty miles per hour.

PaperPhone Uses Bend Gestures
   Fascinating prototype uses a unique gestural interface.

Interactive Robotic Painting Machine Can Hear You
   Like a blind artist, it creates based on what it hears.

Cheetah Robot Hits Record 18 MPH In Video
   A new record for robots running on their own legs. With video.

Cheetah Robot Passes 28 MPH (Video)
   'The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah's...'

Outrunner Robot, Six-Legged Slamhound
   You don't want one of these running you down. Because it's probably faster than you, and can outlast you.

MIT's Robotic Cheetah Runs Free - And Frolics In The Grass
   THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail- William Gibson, 1986.

SEL 3-Fold OLED 9 Inch Display Is Pocket-Sized!
   'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently...'- William Gibson, 1986.

SpotMini Robot Dog, Autonomous And On Sale In 2019
   Great, an autonomous slamhound.

Do You Still Want A Folding Screen Phone?
   'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled...' - William Gibson, 1986.

FlexPai Foldable Phone By Royole
   '...A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled.' - William Gibson, 1986.

Unfurl The Future! Huawei Mate X versus Galaxy Fold
   'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently from the top of the unit and immediately grew rigid.' - William Gibson, 1986.

EllipticaRunner Robot Is Fast, Amazing, Slightly Worrisome
   'THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail in New Delhi...' - William Gibson, 1986.

LG Wing Twisting Smartphone Might Be Fun
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re: Joe Haldeman

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re: Otis Adelbert Kline

Goodness Gracious Me! Google Tries Face Recognition Security
re: Schachner and Zagat

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