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Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke was born in Somerset, England in 1917 and died in his second home of Sri Lanka in 2008, where he moved in 1956. Best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood's End. He has also been honored by scientists; he developed the idea of the geosynchonous satellite.
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Terminator Tether - EDT Solution To Space Debris Update
Studies have shown that low Earth orbit is not a limitless resource and should be managed more carefully. Some sort of debris-mitigation measures are needed to solve the problem of old, unusable satellites and space junk.
Robots and Emotion: Tetchy the Turtle Meets HAL-9000
In 2001: A Space Odyssey and in I, Robot, robots had the ability to understand human emotion. Affective Media, based in Scotland, is working on it now.
Dyson Intelligent Vacuum Cleaner Is Self-Diagnosing
James Dyson has added a new feature to his vacuum cleaners - they can tell service personnel exactly what the problem is. All you need to do is "phone home" - that is, call the service center.
Reduce Global Warming By Blocking Sunlight
At a conference last year on global warming, distinguished astrophysicist and sf author Gregory Benford pointed out that the various measures proposed to stop global warming will not do the job soon enough.
Scientists Succeed At (Cryogenically Enhanced Magneto-Archimedes) Levitation
Scientists at the University of Nottingham have succeeded in (Cryogenically-Enhanced-Magneto-Archimedes) levitating some of the heaviest elements in nature, including lead and platinum.
In-Flight Wi-Fi Gives Me Clarke Moment
Actually, yes, Arthur C. Clarke's vision of checking the news on a tablet computer while in flight can be improved upon...
Carbon Nanotube Ribbon For Space Elevator
An amazing development - real hyperfilaments just like Clarke described for building a space elevator.
Liftport Closer To Space Elevator Goal
Liftport Group has moved closer to making a working space elevator this past week.
Sony Reader Electronic Paper Book
Sony tries again with the Sony Reader - much improved DRM over its lockdown predecessor the LIBRIe.
XPod Activity And Emotion Aware Mobile Music Player
A sensitive iPod? These researchers have a player that knows what you want before you do.
NanoTerminator Prevents Annoying Space Debris Build-Up
The journal Science puts out more predictions on space junk; manga author already has the answer.
Multi-Touch Interaction Overlord Control Screen
Use both hands and all your fingers with this interface, just like Earths' Overlords.
News E-Papers From Plastic Logic
Newspads and mediatrons, science fiction staples, are now making the prototyping rounds.
Space Elevator Downer
Space elevators going up, or going down - read this article and its references and decide for yourself.
Tsunami Warning System Working In Asia
Humans depended mostly on aliens for help in Clarke's 1953 novel Childhood's End. Other alternatives are now available around the world.
Undergrad Proposes Asteroids As Radiation Shields
Excellent idea from a 19 year-old undergrad - and Arthur C. Clarke - could get astronauts to Mars more safely.
Starfish Robot Shows Robotic Introspection And Self-Modeling
Amazing proprioceptive robot creates a model of its shape automatically; it can sense damage to itself and reconfigure its walk.
Robot Walks After Conceptualizing Own Structure
Amazing video shows robot introspecting to determine its own structure, and then constructing a gait for itself.
Robotic Cable Inspection System
This unique robot operates under very difficult and constrained conditions; we need one of these for the space elevator program, too.
Debris Cloud From Chinese ASAT A Menace To Space Lanes
Arr, best keep a weather eye for Chinese weather satellite debris whilst passing through the debris cloud...
Computerized Lip-Reading Crime Fighters
Interesting project to teach computers how to lip-read automatically.
Sony DataTiles Inspired By What SF Movie?
The cool Sony DataTiles are back in the news, and they were inspired by a particular science fiction movie.
Noise-Cancelling Windows With Piezoelectric Patches
Interesting new window prototype reduces noise by cancellation.
Big Brother To Read Lips Like HAL
The British are at it again, taking a technology designed to deal with criminals, and applying it to everyone.
HAL-Buffett 9000 To Make 50 Percent Of Trades By 2010
The computers are taking over at Wall Street firms this year.
Clarke's Inflatable Lunar Habitats Now NASA's
Arthur C. Clarke calls another one in his early novel A Fall of Moondust.
STriDER Tripedal Dynamic Experimental Robot
Surely this is what Arthur C. Clarke imagined in his 1972 novel Rendezvous With Rama.
Kuka Robot Bible Calligraphy
Can a robot benefit from performing a devotional task?
Near-Miss Asteroid Is Found To Be Artificial
Astronomers about to announce one of the closest near-misses by an asteroid in history, make an amazing discovery.
Huge Crustacean From 400 Million B.C.
Scientists are staggered by the size of this behemoth from 400 million B.C.
zeroHouse Self-Sufficient In Power, Water
This unusual house design results in a dwelling that is not limited to placement on the 'grid' - you could live practically anywhere.
Frustration-Detection System Patented By Microsoft
I seem to recall an earlier, science-fictional solution to this problem.
Arthur C. Clarke v1.0 Dead At 90
Arthur C. Clarke will be missed; I've put together his 90th birthday video along with about thirty of his ideas and inventions.
MAHEM Metal Jets Like Clarke's Stiletto Beam
This idea amazed me the first time I read about it, in Arthur C. Clarke's excellent novel 'Earthlight.'
SEMAINE Project For Sensitive Artificial Listener (SAL) Robots
It looks like these real-life computer scientists are trying to follow in the footsteps of the fictional Dr. Chandra - they're trying to create SAL 9000.
Sealed Goldfish Chain Would Disturb Titan Colonists
This unique novelty item from China has a terrible secret.
MEDUSA Controls Crowds By Talking Inside Their Heads
Device uses microwave audio effect in a manner similar to that proposed by the Overlords from Clarke's Childhood's End.
Moon Base Two Inflatable Lunar Habitat
Very nice drawings of an inflatable lunar base concept; but I think that Clarke's verbal description fifty years ago is better.
Hexapod Emotional Spider Robot Sees Your Face
Crawly, but not creepy - that's Hexapod the emotionally expressive robot spider.
This Alien Earth
Where do you think the most alien environment on Earth can be found?
Yotify Scouts Work The Web For You
Nifty application site offers 'google alerts on steroids' which sf fans will certainly recognize from some of their favorite novels.
JALURO Lunar Robot - 2-Wheeled Open Source
The Team FREDNET lunar robot offers a unique two-wheeled design; is it stable? See a picture and judge for yourself.
Nanny Robot Senses Emotions Of Autistic Children
This robot may be able to use its emotion-sensing abilities to take over for people in the care of autistic children.
'Virtual Cocoon' Virtual Reality Helmet
When you think virtual reality, whom do you think of? Clarke, Bradbury, Dick, Roddenberry? This helmet engages all five senses.
Space Debris Cleanup Suggestions Ignored
It's not like writers didn't do everything they could to sound the alarm - and suggest solutions.
Roomba Detects Emotions Like HAL-9000
Just wait until this device is used to control more powerful technology. Let sleeping Krell lie, I say.
Ballutes Studied For Hypersonic Space Vehicles
HyperCMST will simulate the use of ballutes in space missions. However, take a look at this video clip from the movie 2010 to really get a feel for ballute deployent.
Machine Dispenses Snacks When Economy Goes Bad
This device responds to bad economic news by dispensing comfort food. Would HAL have done better to offer Dave Bowman some nice snacks rather than a stress pill?
Lunar Spider-Bot Swarm By Team Italia
Bold concept (with at least one functional prototype) by Team Italia, in search of Xprize rewards.
'Try Zero-G' From JAXA Totally Unlike SciFi Movies
No wonder so many people believe that man never walked on the moon; popular tv and movie versions of space flight never show what actual weightlessness looks like in an orbiting ship.
Rotopod Rotational Legged Locomotion Robot
This robot was directly inspired by the tripedal 'spider' robots described by Arthur C. Clarke in Rendezvous With Rama in 1972.
Computer Learns Sign Language From TV
Human beings just don't have that many ways to communicate basic (ie, life-sustaining) ideas in ways that are outside the realm of a computer's understanding. Now, another safety barrier falls.
Buying a Tablet Computer?
I think that tablet computers might just make it this time around. Here's why.
NASA's Spring Tire For Improved Lunar Mileage
The tires on the original Lunar Roving Vehicle were fantastic; however, plans to drive the LRVs of the future for thousands, not merely hundreds, of kilometers means we need better tires.
Robots Learn To Lie
What are the consequences for humanity if we encourage robots to learn how to lie? What are the consequences for the robots?
Computers Now Lip Read Like Humans
Remember that very far-fetched scene in 2001 where a computer reads lips? Not so far-fetched anymore.
Haven't you ever found a spot with a view so great, you'd just like to plunk a house down right there, and enjoy it right now? Now you can.
Europa May Support Life
Is there life on Europa? SF author Arthur C. Clarke popularized the idea in a book and a subsequent movie. There is a liquid ocean - but is there enough oxygen?
Lev, Theremin-Playing Robot
Pretty cool DIY robotic device reprises a classic song from the 1950's, the same ere during which the theremin dominated sf movie soundtracks.
Are Black Hole Starships Possible?
Fascinating paper makes fascinating reading, particularly as an adjunct to the early fictional work done by Arthur C. Clarke.
Samurai CCTV System Targets Suspicious People
And you used to be concerned about human beings watching you on CCTVs, looking for suspicious behavior.
Nokia Feel Emotional Recommendation Engine
Is Nokia really this far behind Apple in the cellphone business?
Laser Thruster 'Tractor Beams' For Space Junk
Here's a suggestion for removing space junk; is it more or less far-fetched than some of the ideas of sf writers?
SASI Sarcasm Recognition A Really Useful Invention
Better watch what you say around automated voice recognition systems the next time you call customer service.
EPI Life First ECG Mobile Phone
The world's first cell phone with a built-in ECG monitor.
Italian Scientists Who Failed To Predict Quake Indicted For Manslaughter
Is quake prediction still in the realm of science fiction? Italian prosecutors don't think so, apparently.
Did Arthur C. Clarke Predict GPS?
'But as for details of frequencies and powers, I'll have to leave that to the experts to work out; I'll get on with my science fiction and wait to say -I told you so!'
Murdoch To Create Digital News-Paper
In which Rupert Murdoch demonstrates his mastery of future technology.
Brian Robot Reads Your Emotions, Then Creeps You Out
'I can tell from your voice harmonics, Dave, that you're badly upset.'
DEMON UAV Has No Moving Flaps
Successful demonstration of 'flapless flight' in this unmanned aerial vehicle.
Computer Recognizes Human Emotions From Conversation
What are the practical applications of a computer that can correctly infer emotions from speech?
Space Junk-Eating Pod-Craft
Some day, a solution to the problem of orbital debris will get off the ground.
Robot Pianist Is Self-Correcting
This little robot is just starting out, but it can listen and learn from its own mistakes.
iRing Lunar Flex-Wheel
Might these wheels also work on Earth? Lunar expeditions are somewhat chancy these days.
EDV-01 Instant Self-Sufficient House
'There was nowhere on the planet where science and technology could not provide one with a comfortable home...'
Antenna Repairmen In Fact And Fiction
'I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.'
Voice Stress Detection In Emergency Callers
Take two stress pills and call me in the morning.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. iPad 2 vs. Clarke's Newspad
What a world we live in; science-fictional devices are readily available.
Samsung Cites 'Space Odyssey' Newspad Against iPad In Patent Suit
Should a science fiction movie be used as 'prior art' in a patent dispute?
Space Habitat Has Inflatable Loft
Tested in a pretty good substitute for Mars, the moon and even asteroids, found right here in the USA.
SLS Robot Spider 'Daddy Longlegs'
I'm hoping they make these available in kit form.
Computer Knows You're Mad, Chills You Out
Those irritating computerized voice recognition systems may make you less annoyed.
Kinect 2 Could Read Lips - Like HAL
Don't talk about disconnecting your Kinect 2 in front of your Kinect 2.
CleanSpace One Goal: De-Orbit Space Debris
OK, earthlings: Let's get rid of space debris once and for all!
Japanese Company To Build Space Elevator?
Establish an elevator system linking Earth to space!
Carbon Nanotube Knife Like Cheese Slicer
Fascinating development in materials science, predicted by Clarke thirty years ago for sf fans.
Speechjammer To End Your 1st Amendment Rights
Try to express yourself now; it's technology with intended consequences.
Wavii Follows Your Selected News
SF writers have been fascinated with the idea of personalized news for a long time.
MIT Smile Research Knows Your Real One
'Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?'
China Carries Out Automated Space Docking
China's space capabilities continue to evolve.
Winbot Scrubs Your Windows
'There were the window cleaners... who were apparently polishing their way...' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1972
Space Debris Cleanup - Use Harpoons Or Gas Clouds?
'...satellites of all shapes and sizes... had been accumulating in Earth orbit... Now it had to be located, and somehow disposed of.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge Is ON!
'...one tanker rolled on the peculiar flex-wheels which had proved one of the best all-purpose ways of getting around on the Moon.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968
Arthur C. Clarke Describes PC, Internet - In 1974
A remarkable statement about the future.
Tiny Bio-Bots Take Big Steps Forward
'If the biological robots were not living creatures, they were certainly very good imitations.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1972.
Deceptive Robots Learn Lying From Squirrels
'HAL was told to lie - by people who find it easy to lie.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968.
Could You Kill A Robot With Human Characteristics?
'My mind is going... I can feel it...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968.
Ecovacs Winbot 7 Window-Cleaning Robot
'There were the 'window cleaners,' with large padded feet...', Arthur C. Clarke, 1972.
Could Ground-Based Lasers De-Orbit Space Junk?
'Then their lasers vaporized the smaller satellites...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
Sony's A4-Sized Flexible Digital Paper Notepad
'...he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship's information circuit and scan the latest reports...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968.
Squid Vs. Whale Diorama Liked By Humans, Aliens
'Everything was ready, awaiting the Overlords' pleasure...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1953.
Computer Simulates Daydreaming
Perhaps you will dream of HAL, just as I often do.- Arthur C. Clarke, 1982.
Australians To Zap Space Junk Ala Arthur C. Clarke
'[They] could easily pinpoint the debris of the early Space Age.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.
Auto Emotion Detector Lets Your Car Know Your Mood
'Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968.
Tabbot Robot Inspired By Spiders (And Clarke?)
'Each leg in turn acted as a pivot around which the creature whirled its body...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1972.
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