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Glad 2020 Is Over

Another year into the record books; here are some of my favorites from the past year:

Massage Robot Has Soft Hands, Er, Pads
'The automatic massager began to fumble gently over my naked form.' - AE van Vogt, 1944 (re: AE van Vogt)

Vascularized Human Skin 3D Printed
Hey Fishboy! Three days and you're out! (re: Frank Herbert)

Stratuscent Electronic Nose
'It's picking up diphenyl compounds and tetra hydrocarbons.' - Michael Crichton, 1985. (re: Michael Crichton)

Out-Of-Work Blue Collar Robots Need Your Help
'His legs relaxed with a rattle as he cut off all power below his waist... and ran his eye down the Help Wanted - Robot column...' - Harry Harrison, 1956. (re: Harry Harrison)

Maybe We Could Hibernate Until The Covid-19 Pandemic's End
'Cold-rest was a common last resort therapy for functional psychoses.' - Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

MIT Wants To Catch Interstellar Visitors
'INVESTIGATE MYSTERIOUS OBJECT ENTERING NEW CALEDONIA SYSTEM FROM NORMAL SPACE' - Niven and Pournelle, 1974. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Google Now Expects Chips To Design Themselves
'What lay down there? Energy, tubes and pipes, wiring, transformers, self-contained machinery...' - Philip K. Dick, 1960. (re: Philip K. Dick)

SpaceX Will Build Floating Spaceports!
'...a single perfectly level platform, which rose so high above the water that it was not splashed by the waves.' - Otfrid von Hanstein, 1930. (re: Otfrid von Hansten)

Tesla's 20,000 Superchargers
''To recharge the batteries, which can be done in almost every town and village...' - John Jacob Astor IV, 1894. (re: John Jacob Astor IV)

See you next year!

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Is It Better To Be Short?
'He was one of the smaller, energy-saving new breed...' - Frank Herbert, 1972.

The Coming Hell Of ChatGPT Salesbots
'Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing, pleading, shrilling...' - Philip K. Dick, 1954.

Holly+ Processes Your Singing In Holly Herndon's Voice
'The perfect voice is the voice of science.' - Bernard Brown, 1931.

Megachurches Catch Up To Heinlein
'Mars,' the kid repeated, threw Boone a Scout salute and made a sixty-foot leap over the crowd. - Robert Heinlein, 1961.

 

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'Rod placed the brain inside the panel... the horse raised its head, wiggled its ears, blinked twice, gave a tentative whinny.'

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'Pina2bo would have to operate full blast for many years to put as much SO2 into the stratosphere as its namesake had done in a few minutes.'

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'A white electric plane approached at great speed...'

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'Chain of hotels that specialized in non-human service.'

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'But then... not every bulldozer operator works on the Moon.'

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'Griff found the white and pink map distracting and switched it off using his tongue mouse.'

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Taikonaut Tai Chi Foot Loops
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Space Billboards Would Ruin Our View Of The Cosmos
'But the rising sign, as it had been designed to do, held his eyes. A vast circle of scarlet stars came up into the greenish desert dusk.'

Orion's 'Skip-to-M'Lou' Entry
'A lightning pilot possibly could land that tin toy without power and still walk away from it provided he had the skill to play Skip-to-M’Lou in and out of the atmosphere...'

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