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Related to material in The Stars My Destination
by Alfred Bester

You can hardly believe that this novel was written in the 1950's. Bester created a society which is forced into a renaissance by the discovery of jaunting, the natural ability to teleport. All of our carefully built institutions have crumbled; hilariously, brand name identities remain. Fabulous book.

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Projection Commercials: Extreme Plasma Television
   X3D Technologies has created a projection system for three-dimensional product advertisements. Author Alfred Bester has seen this future, and walked right through it.

Smallest Implantable Body Batteries
   An implantable body battery 100 times smaller than a standard AA battery has been developed by Argonne National Laboratory in cooperation with Quallion and the University of Wisconsin.

Banned Xbox Commercial Flash Mob Homebrew
   Not to be squashed by the bulk of Microsoft, dedicated xboxers use a flash mob to brew their own version of a banned commercial. Live. In public.

Robotender Ernie First Robot Bartender
   This is a surprisingly early robotic bartender that could really do it all - except maybe ask for your keys.

Eon Neurostimulation Lasts 10 Years
   Alfie Bester wrote about a cool power pack that could supercharge human performance. This isn't quite it, but we're getting there.

Mr. Asahi NOT World's First Robot Bartender
   Mr. Asahi may not be first, but he's a pretty slick bartender; see the Mr. Asahi video for a view of the future of your bar or pub.

Tongue Controller Uses Tongue Magnets
   New controller shows a response time of less than a second and one hundred percent accuracy; that's information transfer of about 150 bits per second.

Tongue Drive System Validated In Clinical Trial
   The Tongue Controller has come through its clinical trial with flying colors; this is good news for people with high-level spinal chord injuries.

iLickit App Reveals iPhone Tongue Interface
   Absurd iPhone app may lead to a more useful healthcare application.

Roboxotica Festival For Cocktail-Robotics
   A conference and exposition to showcase unusual DIY robotic bartenders. What a concept.

Meeting Wendy Of Wendy's
   Wendy of Wendys meet Rondald of McDonald's.

Microbattery Extreme High Performance
   'To this Foyle affixed a power pack the size of a pea and switched it on.'- Alfred Bester, 1956.

Intraoral Tongue Drive System
   'The operation that had transformed half his body... had located the control switchboard in his teeth.'- Alfred Bester, 1956.

Tongue Mouse Created By Valve Engineer
   'He pressed hard with his tongue against his right upper first molar.'- Alfred Bester, 1956.

Teleportation: How Might The Brain Handle It
   'Any man was capable of jaunting provided he developed two faculties, visualization and concentration.' - Alfred Bester, 1956.

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