Science Fiction in the News Articles
related to the works of

Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven)

Jerry E. Pournelle, Ph.D., earned his Bachelors in Psychology and Mathematics, his Masters in Experimental Statistics and Systems Engineering, and his Doctorates in Psychology and Political Science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of science, and of the British Interplanetary Society. He wrote the lead column for BYTE for 20 years. His website (which might well be the web's first blog), is here. He has written many fine novels with Larry Niven.

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Tunnel Boring Machine B6 For Sale
   580 tonne boring machine used to dig the Eurotunnel on sale now - perfect ornament for the garden.
Rats Communicate Brain-to-Brain
   'Very useful gadget, but you can communicate with a computer about as well with a good briefcase console.'- Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Thoughts Become Words With Brain Implant
   The wish may be the father of the thought, but now the thought can directly father the word - with brain implants.
MegaLondoner Arcology Fantasized
   London is going to need something spectacular, if there really are a million more people planning to live there in the next eight years.
Real-Time Mind-Controlled Robotic Limbs Soon?
   Cyborg research is proceeding apace in Japan's Osaka University.
Synthetic Telepathy For US Military Borg-Style
   Yet another scheme for direct interpretation of thought - financed with a big grant from the US Army.
Robotic Lunar 'MoonDigger' Bulldozers Planned By NASA
   Interesting proposal to make use of teleoperated MoonDiggers to prepare landing pads for upcoming missions to the lunar surface.
Robotic Bulldozer Force Doubles In Israel
   These remote-controlled behemoths are under control for now.
In-Home Surveillance For 20K Brit Families
   Not content with constant monitoring by more CCTV cameras per person than any other nation, Britain wants to put them in the homes of problem families as well.
Regolith Excavation Challenge Yields Prize Money
   Updated! Someone finally took some NASA prize money home in this remote lunar digging competition.
Intel Developing Brain Chip Computer Interface
   'Very useful gadget, but you can communicate with a computer about as well with a good briefcase console.' I still want my computer communication implant.
NASA Project M Robot Avatar On Moon
   Would it be possible to wake up on the Moon, Avatar-style? Interesting proposal to put telepresence robots on the Moon.
Building The World Wide Mind
   The mind in the cloud? This concept is explored in a new book.
Project Black Mirror Thought-Controlled iPhone
   Think and communicate - with Siri on your iPhone.
Brainput Finds Help For Your Brain
   'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it...'
Wireless Brain-Computer Interface
   'I used my implant to tell MILLIE [a mainframe computer] what we wanted and she took care of it," Art said.'- Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Iceberg Harvesting Off Newfoundland's Coast
   'Five hundred billion gallons worth of Antarctic iceberg had been towed into Santa Monica Bay.'- Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Moon Express Lunar Robot Mining: Shine On, Harvest Moon
   'The bulldozer moved through the lunar strip mine... ' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Neuralink, The Latest Elon Musk Passion
   'I used my implant to tell MILLIE [a mainframe computer] what we wanted...' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Lunatix Lunar Rover Will Accept YOUR Commands!
   'The bulldozer moved through the lunar strip mine... ' - Niven and Pournelle, 1981.
Tetraplegics Dominate Avatar Races
   Well, just speaking brain-to-computer...
BrainNet Social Network Of Brains
   'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Viisights AI Hones Video Surveillance
   ''The math boys worked it out...' Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Airbnb Has Surveillance Device Suggestions
   'Ma'am, this is Central Security... I think you'd better have a look.' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Armano Remote Control Excavator
   'The bulldozer moved through the... mine... ' - Niven and Pournelle, 1981.
Changesite Mineral To Be Mined On Moon By China
   'But then... not every bulldozer operator works on the Moon.' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Paradromics Implant FDA 'Breakthrough Device'
   'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted...' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
Government In-Home Surveillance - Yes! Say Third Of Under-30 Adults
   'The TV screen flicked to show a kitchen.' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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