Computer in Science Fiction
(Technovelgy items at top: skip down to News)

Name

Author (Publication Date)

David Brin (1994)
John Varley (1998)
Charles Stross (2007)
David Webber (2010)
Harlan Ellison (1967)
Vernor Vinge (2006)
Edmond Hamilton (1926)
Robert Heinlein (1982)
David Brin (1994)
Robert Heinlein (1939)
Greg Bear (1984)
Charles Stross (2007)
John Scalzi (2005)
James P. Hogan (1977)
Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven) (1981)
James Blish (1957)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
Murray Leinster (1946)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Frank Herbert (1984)
Alastair Reynolds (2005)
Donald Kingsbury (1979)
William Gibson (1996)
Gregory Benford (1970)
Edmond Hamilton (1926)
John Brunner (1975)
William Gibson (1984)
Isaac Asimov (1958)
Charles Stross (2007)
Richard Morgan (2003)
William Gibson (1982)
Robert Heinlein (1966)
Vernor Vinge (1981)
Frank Herbert (1984)
John Brunner (1975)
David Brin (1990)
Vernor Vinge (1992)
Orson Scott Card (1985)
Robert J. Sawyer (1998)
Vernor Vinge (1999)
Rusty Lemorande (1984)
Isaac Asimov (1958)
John Brunner (1975)
David Brin (1990)
Robert J. Sawyer (2009)
Alastair Reynolds (2005)
Philip K. Dick (1967)
A.E. van Vogt (1945)
Jonathan Swift (1726)
Stanislaw Lem (1965)
Stanislaw Lem (1965)
John Brunner (1975)
Ray Cummings (1928)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Stanislaw Lem (1983)
Philip K. Dick (1977)
Frank Herbert (1984)
William Gibson (1984)
Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
William Gibson (1984)
Greg Bear (1984)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Dan Simmons (1989)
Bruce Sterling (1988)
Bruce Sterling (1998)
Jonathan Swift (1726)
William Gibson (1984)
Cordwainer Smith (1962)
Vernor Vinge (1999)
Murray Leinster (1946)
James Blish (1957)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
William Gibson (1982)
Isaac Asimov (1956)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
Greg Bear (1984)
Clifford Simak (1949)
Jack Vance (1952)
Isaac Asimov (1955)
Iain M Banks (2004)
John Brunner (1975)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Robert Heinlein (1966)
Roger Zelazny (1976)
Ray Bradbury (1951)
Stanislaw Lem (1961)
Cory Doctorow (2008)
David Brin (1990)
Vernor Vinge (1981)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Isaac Asimov (1958)
David Brin (1990)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
John Brunner (1975)
William Gibson (1996)
Cory Doctorow (2008)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
William Gibson (1993)
Stanislaw Lem (1965)
William Gibson (1984)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
E.M. Forster (1909)
Isaac Asimov (1950)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Greg Bear (2003)
Philip K. Dick (1963)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Robert Heinlein (1954)
Jack Vance (1964)
H. Beam Piper (1962)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Damien Broderick (1982)
Vernor Vinge (1981)
Vernor Vinge (1981)
Charles Stross (2007)
Bruce Sterling (1994)
David Brin (1990)
Rudy Rucker (1988)
Vernor Vinge (2001)
Vernor Vinge (2006)
Robert J. Sawyer (2009)
Dan Simmons (1989)

Related Science Fiction in the News

'No Man's Sky' - The Matrix Is Almost Ready
Ready for an adventure, Neo?
(re: Various, 7/4/2014 )
Google's Project Tango VR Tablet Pictures Your 3D World
'Surely most were virtual, but the blending was perfection.' - Vernor Vinge, 2006.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 6/23/2014 )
Oculus Rift Combats Battlefield Trauma
Virtual reality could soften the blow of real reality.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 6/15/2014 )
Google Offers Future Prediction In The Cloud
'Beyond the machinery sat the three precogs, almost lost to view in the maze of wiring...'- Philip K. Dick, 1956.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 6/13/2014 )
Samsung Round Wearable And HG Wells
'He flicked out a little appliance the size and appearance of a keyless watch'- HG Wells, 1899.
(re: HG Wells, 5/26/2014 )
UK Internet Filters Default To 'Family-Friendly'
'People bought personalized filter programs...'- David Brin, 1990.
(re: David Brin, 4/4/2014 )
Living Slime Mold Builds Logical Circuits
Think of the fecundity of nature, countless molds in the floor of a forest. Think about how abundant bio-circuits could be.
(re: Various, 3/28/2014 )
First Commercial Artificial Brain?
'He had constructed an organ, a brain, of metal, entirely inorganic and lifeless...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1926.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 12/28/2013 )
AIREAL Lets You Feel Virtual Objects In The Open Air
'Startled, he touched his mouth. 'How the devil did you do that?' he shouted.'- Frederick Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederick Pohl, 7/24/2013 )
Millimeter-Scale Computing For 'Internet of Things'
'In their megalomania they thought to make the very sand beneath their feet intelligent...'- Stanislaw Lem, 1965.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 5/30/2013 )
Fujitsu Touchscreen Mixes Real And Virtual Worlds
'His hands flashed over the keyboard - it had not been there a moment before, but it was operative...'- Frederik Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 4/16/2013 )
Nanowire Memristor Networks Form 'Brains'
'He had constructed ... a brain, of metal... whose atomic structure he claimed was analogous to the atomic structure of a living brain.'- Edmond Hamilton, 1926.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 4/12/2013 )
US Census Will Be Online In 2020
'Most would be in English, but some would be in Spanish, some in Amerind languages, some in Chinese...'- John Brunner, 1975.
(re: John Brunner, 4/3/2013 )
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.
(re: Pournelle & Niven, 3/5/2013 )
New SimCity On Global Rollout
'... you gave him a whole civilization to rule and have dominion over forever?'- Stanislaw Lem, 1965.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 3/4/2013 )
Systemic Computer Is Self-Repairing
'More complex... Much superior. I was left here by the Old Ones.'- Gene Roddenberry, 1966.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/21/2013 )
China's PLA Unit 61398 Working On Kuang Grade Mark Eleven Penetration Program
'When Kuang's good and bellytight with the Tessier-Ashpool core, we're ridin' that through...'- William Gibson, 1984.
(re: William Gibson, 2/19/2013 )
'STANDUP' Computer Comedian
'The potentiometers indicated the machine's lyrical capacitance was charged to the maximum...'- Stanislaw Lem, 1965
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 1/10/2013 )
'Neuristor' Acts Like Your Brain's Neurons
'He had constructed an organ, a brain, of metal, entirely inorganic and lifeless, yet whose atomic structure he claimed was analogous to the atomic structure of a living brain.'- Edmond Hamilton, 1926.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 1/6/2013 )
Father And Daughter Have Telepathic Talk
'We will add your biological and technological distictiveness to our own...'- The Borg, 1988
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/17/2012 )
Thumb Kiss On Pair App For iPhone
'What he got was indeed a kiss. It was disconcerting. No kissing lips were visible...'- Frederik Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 12/5/2012 )
Arthur C. Clarke Describes PC, Internet - In 1974
A remarkable statement about the future.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 11/8/2012 )
No Online Voting Yet (How long Did You Wait In Line?)
'...every veephone on the continent would display, over and over, two propositions'- John Brunner, 1975.
(re: John Brunner, 11/6/2012 )
'Edgy' Grip User Interface For Smartphones
'The congressman took out his pocket computer, nudged the milled edges twice, looked at its face...'- Isaac Asimov, 1958.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 10/9/2012 )
Lunar Supercomputer Complex
'When Mike was installed in Luna, he was pure thinkum, a flexible logic... a HOLMES FOUR.' - Robert Heinlein, 1966
(re: Robert Heinlein, 9/21/2012 )
Google's Compute Engine Is Sfnally Large
'...Twenty-five thousand electronic brains were set up in intricate series.'
(re: AE van Vogt, 7/4/2012 )
Google's Voice Recognition Sweet In Jelly Bean
'...Translating most normal variations of voice, idiom, accent... into the mathematical expressions on which the computers operate.'
(re: Frederik Pohl, 6/30/2012 )
Real-Time Avatars Mirror Your Expression
'These people are pieces of software called avatars.'
(re: Neal Stephenson, 6/12/2012 )
MIT Smile Research Knows Your Real One
'Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?'
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 5/29/2012 )
The Flame - Malware Worthy of John Brunner
'There were so many worms and counterworms loose in the data-net now, the machines had been instructed to give them low priority.'
(re: John Brunner, 5/28/2012 )
Brainput Finds Help For Your Brain
'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it...'
(re: Pournelle and Niven, 5/17/2012 )
SPARX Fantasy Game Helps With Depression
'And there in the next room by the sofa sat a familiar suitcase, that of his psychiatrist Dr. Smile.'
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/21/2012 )
Does China Have An Internet Kill Switch?
You never know when you might need one.
(re: John Brunner, 4/13/2012 )
Business Cards Give Way To Bump
The time-honored business practice goes digital.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/18/2012 )
Affective Autotutor, Emotion-Sensing Teaching Software
Be sure to bring a digital apple to give the computer teacher.
(re: Issac Asimov, 3/6/2012 )
Functional Transistor Is One Atom
Moore's Law... marches on.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/19/2012 )
Machines Talk More To Each Other
What do all of these machines have to say about us? I hope they just stick to business.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 2/15/2012 )
Smart E-Book System Outperforms Apple iBooks
Take a look at the video with this article, and decide for yourself whether this is better than the iPad.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 1/10/2012 )
Fear of Dentists App, iPhone-based Therapist
'The machines aren't ignorant of human psychology - far from it.'
(re: James Blish, 1/7/2012 )
T-Shirt Computing And Vinge's Wearables
The foundations are being laid for wearable textile computers.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 12/31/2011 )
Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Steve Jobs was a one-of-a-kind visionary whose creations had a profound effect on my life. Rest in peace.
(re: Various, 10/4/2011 )
Bolshoi: Largest Computer Simulation Of The Universe
'A machine able literally to contain the Universe Itself within it's innumerable memory banks.'
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 9/30/2011 )
Samsung Cites 'Space Odyssey' Newspad Against iPad In Patent Suit
Should a science fiction movie be used as 'prior art' in a patent dispute?
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 8/23/2011 )
Real TIme Crime Tracking Algorithm
Holy computer crimefighters, Batman!
(re: Various, 8/7/2011 )
Texas Couple Married By Computer
'Do you take this woman as your lawfully wedded wife Y/N?'
(re: Robert Silverberg, 7/30/2011 )
Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. iPad 2 vs. Clarke's Newspad
What a world we live in; science-fictional devices are readily available.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 5/13/2011 )
'Schizophrenic' Computer Aids Researchers
In which a computer is afflicted, with human brain research the beneficiary.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 5/11/2011 )
Carbon Nanotube Synapse Circuit Like Human Neuron
Could scientists build a synthetic brain?
(re: Isaac Asimov, 4/18/2011 )
Blood Flow Simulation Detailed By Supercomputer
'Previous computer models haven't been able to accurately account for, say, the motion of the blood cells bending or buckling as they ricochet off the walls.'
(re: Various, 4/14/2011 )
ACTUV Game From DARPA Seeks Ender Wiggin
Gamers! your talents are needed by your friends at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
(re: Orson Scott Card, 4/9/2011 )
Is China Altering Web Traffic?
SF fans were prompted to think about this a generation ago.
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/25/2011 )
Voice Stress Detection In Emergency Callers
Take two stress pills and call me in the morning.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 3/22/2011 )
Single Atom Quantum Memory
Store the qubit from a polarised photon in a single atom of rubidium
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/15/2011 )
Building The World Wide Mind
The mind in the cloud? This concept is explored in a new book.
(re: Niven and Purnelle, 3/14/2011 )
Your Computer Therapist Will See You Now
Computers are more helpful than ever.
(re: James Blish, 3/12/2011 )
Police Sketch Artist Database Software
Bringing a new technological twist to difficult human art.
(re: Michael Crichton, 3/9/2011 )
First Millimeter-Scale Computer System
Tiny wireless networks and implantable glaucoma eye pressure monitors are just two possible applications.
(re: Various, 2/24/2011 )
Computational Photography: Image Of The Future
This remarkable idea will change the way you see photography.
(re: Ridley Scott, 2/22/2011 )
Nanowire Transistors For Smallest Computers
I can see the nanomachine swarm coming now. No, wait, I can't see it.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 2/10/2011 )
HP TouchSmart 610 Reclining Touchscreen
The bridge crew from Star Trek: TOS will have no problem recognizing this kind of computer display.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/7/2011 )
PrimeSense WAVI Xtion Gesture Control Of TV
The same company that created Microsoft's Kinect wants to do more for you in your living room.
(re: Douglas Adams, 1/21/2011 )
When You're Smiling, The World's Machines Smile With You!
The machines know when you're happy, so smile!
(re: Various, 1/17/2011 )
Living Earth Simulator For 'Ultimate Answers'
It's an explorational device, like the Large Hadron Collider.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 1/4/2011 )
Read Google EBooks On Google TV
Isaac Asimov had a name for that.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 1/3/2011 )
Will Lucas Resurrect Dead Actors Digitally?
Is George Lucas obsessed with bringing dead celebrities back to life? He'd need at least one sfna-only technology to do it.
(re: Various, 12/7/2010 )
Pocket God's Hundreds Of Ways To Play God
Let's not forget who thought about this idea long before The Sims - the amazing Stanislaw Lem.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 12/3/2010 )
Computers Need Your Help In Image Recognition
Science fiction fans benefited from the work of Harry Harrison, who discussed the kinds of help that human beings could give to computers and robots fifty years ago.
(re: Harry Harrison, 12/1/2010 )
CyberTherapy Avatar Will See You Now
Cybertherapists use avatars to help patients in a virtual therapeutic environment.
(re: Orson Scott Card, 11/23/2010 )
Computer Recognizes Human Emotions From Conversation
What are the practical applications of a computer that can correctly infer emotions from speech?
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 11/15/2010 )
Sony Internet TV Foreseen In 1946
'It looks like a vision-receiver used to, only it's got keys instead of dials and you punch the keys for what you wanna get.'
(re: Murray Leinster, 10/7/2010 )
eXistenZ iPhone Charger Cable
This umbilical cord-inspired iPhone charger may make you think about Halloween early this year.
(re: Various, 10/3/2010 )
Kiss ME Device For Kiss Communication
A novel hi-fidelity physical interface for transferring a remote and mediated kiss in real-time.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 9/16/2010 )
eyeSight Gesture Control Of Android Phones
A wave of your hand controls your phone - and it can be used for gaming, too.
(re: Douglas Adams, 6/8/2010 )
Internet Addiction Growing?
You can log off anytime you want to - right?
(re: Dan Simmons, 6/1/2010 )
First Person Infected With Computer Virus
It's not quite the Snow Crash Metavirus. But they're working on it.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 5/26/2010 )
3D Input Interfaces For Gesture-Controlled Phones
This would be one way to avoid all those smudges on the screen of your cell phone or mobile device.
(re: Douglas Adams, 4/26/2010 )
Judges Who Google: The Tip Of The Iceberg?
Just how connected should judges be? And when justice delayed is justice denied, how fast are human judges anyway?
(re: Harry Harrison, 3/21/2010 )
FCC Wants Nationwide Wireless Public Safety Network
The FCC has proposed significant funding for a wireless network for use by police and emergency workers; they might want to read Halting Space to see how to use it.
(re: Charles Stross, 3/16/2010 )
iPad With VoiceOver Reads Aloud
It's been an important part of e-readers for almost sixty years.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 3/14/2010 )
Augmented (Hyper)Reality Video
What will our augmented reality future actually look like? I think that Keiichi Matsuda has presented an interesting view in this short video.
(re: Various, 2/16/2010 )
Gesture Cube Touch-Free Input
Just think of the gestures you'll use with this lovely cube that you can take with you throughout your domicile.
(re: Douglas Adams, 2/4/2010 )
First Transistor That Mimics Brain Synapse
The only way to get human-style computer brains is to get the components right. This is the first transistor that really mimics brain connections.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 2/1/2010 )
iPad Newspad Calculator Pad Trek Pad - And More
Clarke versus Asimov, readers; who foresaw the iPad?
(re: Various, 1/28/2010 )
Muscle-Computer Interface Video
Excellent short video illustrates muscle-computer interfaces, as seen in sf (thanks, readers!).
(re: Harry Harrison, 1/6/2010 )
Cybercrimes Of The Decade
Cybercrime is larger and more varied, what will the next decade bring?
(re: John Brunner, 1/5/2010 )
Fingertip Tracking Interface For Mobile Phones
Will the multi-touch give way to the multi-gesture? Watch the video and judge for yourself.
(re: Douglas Adams, 1/4/2010 )
'Webtribution' Fact And Fiction
Nothing that a good retaliatory worm wouldn't fix.
(re: John Brunner, 12/3/2009 )
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.
(re: Pournelle and Niven, 11/24/2009 )
Muscle-Controlled Interface Is Hands-Free
Research could lead to completely hands-free gaming interfaces.
(re: Ian Banks, 10/30/2009 )
Human Brains For Robots?
In science fiction, it's usually space aliens who decide to use human brains to run things. However, in the real present it's the humans who are working on it.
(re: Keith Laumer, 10/20/2009 )
iLickit App Reveals iPhone Tongue Interface
Absurd iPhone app may lead to a more useful healthcare application.
(re: Alfred Bester, 10/7/2009 )
Online Banking Malware Rewrites Your Statements
This is a very sneaky trojan program - it sits in your PC and rewrites bank statements on-the-fly, as you're looking at them.
(re: Various, 10/5/2009 )
Courier Tablet Computer Video Reveals Features
This short video shows off the capabilities of Microsoft's Courier tablet prototype. Do you see features here that are worth having?
(re: Neal Stephenson, 9/30/2009 )
'Mechanical Tumor' Meatspace Expression Of Computer Stress
Would you really want to visualize your computer's level of activity in terms you can really, I mean viscerally, understand?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/29/2009 )
Doctorow's SchoolBook Computers Created By Australian Govt
Waving a red flag in front of the world's hackers, the New South Wales schools will be handing out 'unhackable' computers to high school students.
(re: Cory Doctorow, 9/28/2009 )
Courier Tablet Computer - Microsoft's Prototype
Interesting two-page tablet computer prototype from Microsoft is very similar to a Toshiba prototype from almost five years ago. Does it make you think of a runcible?
(re: Neal Stephenson, 9/22/2009 )
Computers Now Lip Read Like Humans
Remember that very far-fetched scene in 2001 where a computer reads lips? Not so far-fetched anymore.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 9/18/2009 )
Hot Ice Computer
Can you create a massively-parallel computer with a solution of super-saturated sodium acetate? Watch the video.
(re: Various, 9/6/2009 )
Computers May Crack Ancient Texts
Is it a language or is it just a bunch of little pictures? National pride fuels the debate between scholars on the Indus Valley script. Those who enjoyed the movie Blade may have seen this idea before.
(re: Various, 9/1/2009 )
WAHHA GO GO Laughing Head
This baroque device recreates the sound of the human laugh by means of clever clockwork and reconstructions of human pipes and lips. Why make such a thing when synth chips cost nothing.
(re: William Gibson, 8/27/2009 )
Sentiment Analysis: Hypercorps Need Emotion Chips
It turns out that big companies really want to know how you feel about them. Really?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/25/2009 )
Buying a Tablet Computer?
I think that tablet computers might just make it this time around. Here's why.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 8/5/2009 )
U.S. Cyber Challenge - Greetings, Starfighter!
It's time for all good geeks to come to the defense of their country. The DoD hopes to attract and train at least 10,000 students to help defend our national cyberspace.
(re: Various, 7/27/2009 )
Bacterial 'Computer' Solves Math Problem
Genetically modified bacteria solve yet another math problem. It takes a while to program them, but when you can double your number of processors every few hours, the calculations go faster.
(re: Greg Bear, 7/26/2009 )
'Nearest Tube' Augmented Reality iPhone App
Newest decal required on the iPhone: 'Please don't attempt to drive or walk based on the image you see on your iPhone, held right up against your eyes.'
(re: Vernor Vinge, 7/18/2009 )
HTC Magic Smartphone At Google IO
Take a look at what they gave us at Google IO 2009; maybe the most remarkable pocket-sized computer you ever owned.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 5/28/2009 )
WolframAlpha Is Not A Search Engine
I see the WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine in two science-fictional ways, but their engineers might be seeing another.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/20/2009 )
Rity Software Agent Has 'Genomic' Personality
The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation may own the patent on this idea; this software agent is back in the news with a much more complex personality.
(re: Douglas Adams, 5/20/2009 )
iVisit SeeScan Cell Phone 'Seeing Eye' Camera For Blind
This remarkable demo video shows some very impressive object recognition; very useful for the blind or people with low vision or other visual impairment.
(re: Various, 5/19/2009 )
Universities Irrelevant By 2020
A Brigham Young University professor foresees the end of the university as we know it. But will it come soon enough?
(re: Isaac Asimov, 4/22/2009 )
The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Could Shut Down Your Internet
The Cybersecurity Act may need a way to shut down all or part of the Internet - Brunner, who first introduced the term 'computer tapeworm', is ahead of everyone once again.
(re: John Brunner, 4/17/2009 )
Brain Chip Hardware Neurons And Synapses
Finally, robots will be able to get the brains they really need, not just some sort of microprocessor.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 3/26/2009 )
MindCite Data Mining Crime Fighting BatComputer
This computer effort combines information from many different sources. Object: crime-fighting.
(re: Bob Kane, 3/24/2009 )
Evidence.com Virtual Evidence Warehouse By TASER
This company seems to be building what Charles Stross called 'CopSpace' and all of the hardware and software needed to store police 'lifelogs' and geospatial analytics.
(re: Charles Stross, 3/11/2009 )
RealView 3D Scanner - For Your Desk
This handy little desktop wonder can bring at least the external details of any object (that fits) right in to the digital world.
(re: Jack Vance, 1/12/2009 )
SCIgen - Computer Generates CS Papers
Read about this paper-generating program and wonder at a brand new, ground-breaking paper by five science fiction titans - Asimov, Gallun, Herbert, Russell and Heinlein.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/27/2008 )
NSA Patents Herbert's Network Snooper Catcher
The NSA apparently forgot to search for prior art when patenting ways to determine if someone is tampering with network communication.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/22/2008 )
Virtual Philadelphia More Interactive Than Street View
Walking through Virtual Philadelphia is so real, you can talk with shopkeepers. You can even make your avatar fly, just like in The Matrix.
(re: Various, 12/16/2008 )
Virtual Faces With Personality And Emotion
Computer personalities get a leg up on reality using this new model developed by Diana Arellano, a PhD student.
(re: William Gibson, 12/9/2008 )
DoD Computers Penetrated In Cyber-Attack
Attacks on DoD computers forced military leaders to brief President Bush this week; I wonder if they read to him from Neuromancer to help him understand it?
(re: William Gibson, 11/28/2008 )
Artist Blogger Vlach Wants Webcam Eye
This one-eyed San Francisco artist wants to replace her blind prosthesis with a working web cam.
(re: Various, 11/17/2008 )
G-Speak Compared To Minority Report Gesture Interface
This software platform looks a lot like the one in the movie, and there is a good reason for that.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 11/17/2008 )
RESURRECT High-Fidelity Computer Battlefield Simulations
How would you face the no-win scenario? DARPA wants to know, and I think they want a very visceral kind of test.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/11/2008 )
The Digital Dark Age And Bene Gesserit House Records
Fortunately, Frank Herbert has given us a glimpse of what this future will be like.
(re: Frank Herbert, 11/10/2008 )
Integrated Cyber Defense To Recode Cyberspace
The US military, father of the Internet, is trying to rewire its child. For protection.
(re: Various, 11/4/2008 )
SideSight Virtual Touchpad - But Does It Have Air Quotes?
Interesting development brings gesture to control to very small devices.
(re: Various, 11/2/2008 )
Online Death Leads To Offline Arrest
Bizarre case of broken hearts and avatar erasure.
(re: Various, 10/27/2008 )
Spam Kiwi Kings Of Spam Sent Third Of All Spam Emails
Two men stand accused of being the kings of spam; shutting them down may decrease world spam by one-third.
(re: Greg Egan, 10/17/2008 )
OLO iPhone-based Laptops
This is a really slick idea if you haven't seen it; at the right price point, this would be a great answer to those small net-surfing laptops.
(re: Various, 10/14/2008 )
Paul Otlet On The Internet (A Century Early)
Fascinating video describes how Otlet's work in the 1930's describes the functionality of the Internet.
(re: Murray Leinster, 9/28/2008 )
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.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 9/26/2008 )
The Evolution Of Spore
Fascinating computer game has many roots in both science and fiction.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 9/11/2008 )
Google Navy: Water-Based Data Centers
Avast, there: Google has filed a patent application for a sea-going Internet of sustainable data havens.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 9/6/2008 )
MS InPrivate Browsing May Cut Off Google's Air Supply
The endless struggle between Google and Microsoft goes on; this little-known feature could have big effects.
(re: Various, 8/27/2008 )
Seek Map Wrist Navigation Concept
Interesting visual fiction (a concept design) has much earlier roots in sf.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 8/26/2008 )
Crime Mapping Website - Your Own Batcomputer
Scotland Yard Google mashup brings us closer to the Batcomputer, and, I believe, certain Justice League of America technologies.
(re: Various, 8/18/2008 )
Lookalike 'Wanted' Leaflet Features Harry Potter Actor
This is not a real compliment for actors; however, it's a technique that police hope will work.
(re: William Gibson, 8/11/2008 )
I-9/11 Event Would Bring iPatriot Act
Interesting argument by Lessig regarding the free Internet that we all use, and how easily our freedom might be lost.
(re: John Brunner, 8/6/2008 )
RC Car Dust Mop Crash Bandicoot Mashup (Proposed)
I'm looking for game designers who could make this work.
(re: Orson Scott Card, 7/31/2008 )
Cuil Search Engine Optimization (Cuil Tuil No Juil)
Cuil shows a different first page of results than Google, but different isn't necessarily better. You'll need to read the first sentence to understand the title.
(re: Various, 7/29/2008 )
ST-2 Shooting Simulator Like Simak's Virtual Rifle Range
Clifford Simak had a pretty good vision of this forty years ago; see the ST-2 video and check it against Simak's ideas.
(re: Clifford Simak, 7/9/2008 )
Sensor Vest For Computer Games?
Prototype uses sensors woven into the fabric to sense stress and muscle excitation levels.
(re: Various, 7/8/2008 )
Artificial Neural Network Predicts Death Row Executions
Slightly disturbing article about how computers can predict who will actually be executed on death row better than human observers.
(re: Harry Harrison, 6/27/2008 )
Your Face Is The TV Remote Control
Interesting project shows how your 'face' can be an 'interface' for controlling machines.
(re: Various, 6/25/2008 )
Teen Hacker Raises Grades Wargames-Style
This teen faces 38 years in prison for changing his grades.
(re: John Badham, 6/24/2008 )
Electronic Voting Banned In Netherlands
Someday, Americans will figure out how to conduct uniformly democratic elections.
(re: John Brunner, 6/5/2008 )
ParanoidLinux Escaping From Doctorow Book 'Little Brother'
Interesting idea from Doctorow's novel may be seen in the wild sometime this year.
(re: Cory Doctorow, 6/5/2008 )
Humans! Tutor Computers And Robots In Your Spare Time
Harry Harrison first described this in 1956; I notice that in the real future, no one is getting paid for it.
(re: Harry Harrison, 5/21/2008 )
Toriton Plus Like Cylon Datastream
Humans seem to be catching up with Cylon tech; at least this music controller seems to have more going on than simply the production of music.
(re: Various, 5/17/2008 )
Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE)
Of course, the computers of the future might also have lawyer programs to detect the use of this kind of device.
(re: Various, 4/29/2008 )
200,000 Computer-Generated Books
I don't understand why this guy doesn't take his idea to the logical conclusion.
(re: J.G. Ballard, 4/15/2008 )
Cyberwalk CyberCarpet VR Locomotion
This 'magic carpet' is the latest in a continuing effort to create the floor for a ST:TNG-style holodeck.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 4/12/2008 )
Software Helps Computers Find Attractive Women
This software application can tell what beauty looks like - in women, anyway. Men are described as 'too difficult' by researchers.
(re: Various, 4/8/2008 )
Hackers Induce Epileptic Seizure Like 'Press Enter'
John Varley suggested this idea a quarter-century ago. I can't believe that people would actually try this.
(re: John Varley, 3/30/2008 )
MindMentor Computer-Based Psychotherapy
Does the Eliza computer therapy method actually work? Two Dutch psychiatrists think so.
(re: James Blish, 3/27/2008 )
Virtusphere Videos
This ultimate gaming environment has been installed in a number of places; good videos are now available.
(re: , 3/20/2008 )
Cyber-Crime Cops Get Organized
Cyber-cops are getting organized; the cyber-criminals already have mature crime-kit markets.
(re: Various, 3/19/2008 )
Duroquinone Molecule Nano-Brain
Absurdly small computer can outperform the typical transistor.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/12/2008 )
Codename 'Reynard' - Hunt Terrorists In Virtual Worlds
Terrorists are expanding their efforts on the 'net; al Qaeda alone has at least 5,600 websites online.
(re: John Brunner, 3/6/2008 )
Momenta PC Lifelog For Most Exciting Moments
This interesting concept has a neat twist on the lifelog idea.
(re: Charles Stross, 2/21/2008 )
Military To Create Human, Social And Cultural Simulations
The military is showing a greater interest in the value of simulation technology to prepare personnel for insurgencies.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/8/2008 )
MacBook Air: What Vision Is This?
Oh, yes, you can buy your own MacBook Air and take it home. But why are you going to?
(re: Various, 2/1/2008 )
Pizza Computer Is One Smart Box
Outrageous case mod made me think immediately of an sf classic.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 12/20/2007 )
Fictional Interfaces By Mark Coleran
Coleran created some of the most futuristic interfaces for the good guys - and the bad guys - in some of your favorite movies.
(re: Various, 12/10/2007 )
Sentilla Smart Drink Coasters Pervasive Pub Computing
I'm very impressed with the idea of an ad hoc network that you can set up right in front of yourself and your friends at the pub.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/8/2007 )
19th Century Steampunk Laptop Runs Windows, Linux
Take a step back into the future in this remarkable creation from Datamancer.
(re: Various, 12/6/2007 )
Aleutia E1 Solar-Powered Linux Computer
This little unit is maybe the most green computer you can buy; is there a smaller (or another) unit that is sold as a solar-powered computer?
(re: Various, 12/4/2007 )
Air Hockey Table Made From iPhone
This little app just sort of struck me as cool; perhaps it is because I'm hoping that an iPhone might appear for me this Christmas.
(re: Various, 11/21/2007 )
Draw A World Where Physical Laws Apply
Create a world in which physical laws apply as soon as you pick up your crayon.
(re: Various, 11/20/2007 )
Easy With Eve Virtual Teacher Understands Student Emotions
Easy with Eve is a pretty good match for a standard sf cybernetic teaching system; can you think of a better example than mine?
(re: Bruce Sterling, 11/19/2007 )
Virtual Theft From Habbo Hotel
When there is a theft of virtal goods in a virtual world, does your avatar spend time in a virtual jail? Interesting tie-in with an excellent new Charles Stross novel.
(re: Charles Stross, 11/17/2007 )
Kindle E-Book Reader From Amazon
Yet another e-book reader, you say? Maybe, but this one has online book powerhouse Amazon.com behind it.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 11/17/2007 )
Hancock, Mass Surveillance Programming Language From AT&T
Is it illegal for phone companies to aid the government as it searches through the records of tens of thousands of innocent Americans? Legal or not, AT&T is good at it - they've got patents.
(re: Various, 10/30/2007 )
British Intelligence Pays For Ads In Video Games
Cheaper than putting together a whole new game, British intelligence is looking for a few good, uh, first person shooters.
(re: Various, 10/19/2007 )
Japanese Researchers Jack Halfway Into The Matrix
It appears that we are getting much closer to implementing that consensual hallucination known as the Matrix.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 10/12/2007 )
Augmented Reality Humanoid Robot U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi
I'm not sure why I think this is so disturbing, but I think that it's the sensitive featureless robot used as the substrate that gets me...
(re: Vernor Vinge, 10/12/2007 )
Ultrathin Computer Memory Fabricated
Remarkable development in depositing metal on a substrate may lead to manga
(re: Gosho Aoyama, 9/30/2007 )
America's Army Arcade Game
Looks like the US Army is finally getting the picture - the motion picture 'The Last Starfighter,' that is.
(re: Various, 7/26/2007 )
Chinese Cyberwar Units Prepare For Netwar
Science fiction authors warned us and gave us the weapon concepts we needed - the Pentagon now tells us about Chinese netwar capabilities.
(re: William Gibson, 5/29/2007 )
Mouse Brain Simulated By Supercomputer
And you thought Corwainer Smith was joking about the tiny supercomputers of the future.
(re: Cordwainer Smith, 4/30/2007 )
Immortal Computing - Microsoft's 'House Records'
Interesting patent troll by Microsoft reveals an interest in the history of computers and digital information.
(re: Frank Herbert, 1/28/2007 )
The Pirate Bay Wants Data Haven On Sealand
One way or the other, The Pirate Bay wants a place to do data storage without interference from governments.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 1/15/2007 )
iEarth From Google, Nasa... Snow Crash?
New application effectively implements application envisaged in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 12/20/2006 )
RoomRender Futuristic Smart Room
The smart room has moved beyond prototype to a product that is now available.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 12/10/2006 )
Augmented Reality Shopping In Osaka
Using this system, you could see how you looked in different items of apparel without that tedious dressing and undressing.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 12/7/2006 )
Optimus OLED(Not!) Keyboard Chameleon
This keyboard changes its colors (or its keys) for every occasion.
(re: Various, 11/20/2006 )
Electric Voting From Home Via Internet
John Brunner wrote about electronic voting in a very revealing way in 1975
(re: John Brunner, 11/15/2006 )
UK SimCity-Style Social Policy Model - A Kingdom In A Box
UK social science researchers make an old idea new again - Stanislaw Lem's 'kingdom in a box.'
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 11/14/2006 )
Electronic Typewriter Rouses Shub-Internet
Unknowing artist may bring the wrath of the Beast of 1024 Processors down upon us all.
(re: Various, 10/17/2006 )
Polar Rose Face-Recognition Search Engine
Someday, the images on the web will be as searchable as the text.
(re: Various, 10/3/2006 )
Virtual Arms Dealers Arrested
Virtual gun-running now a problem in China.
(re: Various, 9/6/2006 )
Soap Optical Mouse And eXistenZ Metaflesh Game Pod
Wash your hands of that carpal-tunnel-syndrome-creating mouse of yours and make yourself a wireless pointing device.
(re: David Cronenberg, 8/1/2006 )
Games Of Tomorrow Built By Players Wiki-Style
The world's megacorporations are counting on you to do the work in the next round of online game creation.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 2/3/2006 )
The Real ICT Scent Collar
Here's the real scent collar.
(re: Frank Herbert, 1/18/2006 )
VirtuSphere Immersive Virtual Reality
A key enabling technology for a working star trek holodeck.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/21/2005 )
The Vacuum Tube Supercomputer Centre
Offering 'true vector computing at competitive prices', the Supercomputing Centre 'makes maintenance possible with a fork lift instead of tweezers and a magnifier.'
(re: Jack Haldeman, 7/21/2005 )
Google Earth And VPlanet Explorer
These two products provide functionality similar to the CIC Earth software in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 6/30/2005 )
Minority Report Glove Interface From Raytheon
Defence contractor Raytheon is working on a computer interface taken from the movie Minority Report, which starred Tom Cruise.
(re: Stephen Spielberg, 4/18/2005 )
Sony Patents Ultrasound Brain Beam Matrix
Now entertainment giant Sony has patented a method of beaming an artificial world of experience - The Matrix - directly into your brain using ultrasound.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 4/7/2005 )
The Origins Of Cyberspace Up For Auction At Christie's
If you happen to be in NYC on February 23rd, you might want to bid on the amazing items in Christie's The Origins of Cyberspace: A Library on the History of Computing, Networking and Telecommunications.
(re: William Gibson, 2/2/2005 )
Kaori Web: Odorophonics Comes To A PC Near You
Kaori web creates odorophonics - a science fiction idea of the fifties.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 8/7/2004 )
Can Computer Tapeworms And Viruses Be Your Friends
Computer tapeworms and viruses are feared by computer users today. But the creator of the term "computer virus" conceived of them as being helpful (as well as potentially harmful).
(re: John Brunner, 8/6/2004 )
PC Case Mod Contest: Sandbenda Contenda
The ExtemeTech extreme case mod contest heats up - see the dragon.
(re: William Gibson, 8/3/2004 )
Calling All Sandbenders - PC Case Mod Contest!
Liked the idea of sandbenders from William Gibson novels? Check out the extreme case modification contest.
(re: William Gibson, 7/1/2004 )
Electric Sheep Distributed Screen-Saver: Collective Computer Unconsious
The Electric Sheep Distributed Screen-Saver taps into the collective unconscious of sleeping computers all over the world. When your computer sleeps, does it dream of electric sheep?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 6/16/2004 )
The Latest In Quantum-Dot Switches
Quantum dot switches made up of pairs of tiny puddles of forty to sixty paired electrons show promise as the building blocks for quantum computers.
(re: Greg Bear, 4/30/2004 )
FlashMob I Supercomputer Takes On Linpack Update
University of San Francisco students attemtp to create an "instant supercomputer" with their FlashMob I Supercomputer software.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/5/2004 )
Cypak Disposable Paper Computer With RFID Antenna
The company uses conductive ink and adhesives to print electronic circuits and antennas on paper and plastic. The RFID antenna allows for transmission over short distances.
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/24/2004 )
Siemens PenPhone Watches While You Write
The PenPhone has an integrated handwriting recognition facility; the device will interpret hand movements during the act of writing and translate them directly into SMS.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/9/2004 )
Mydoom Email Worm (aka Novarg Mimail)
Virus protection makers are scrambling to keep the Mydoom email worm from spreading quickly over the Internet.
(re: John Brunner, 1/30/2004 )
ARPANET Turns 30
The ARPANET (Advanced Research Project Agency NETwork) turns thirty this week. The original network was used to pioneer many of the techniques and protocols we take for granted on the Internet.
(re: William Gibson, 11/20/2003 )

 

 

 

 

 

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