"I love that computer science has made mathematics into something like an experimental science. I was never all that good at proving things, but I love doing computer experiments."
Here's another handy device, one that could be implemented in real life in a variety of ways. For example, how about a theater ticket that actually helped you find your seat. It could be implemented with a system of scanners, with an embedded RFID tag in the ticket itself. Ushers - enjoy your sinecures while you can! The fact that they are lighted would be of help also.
Another example of a device that gives you valuable feedback is a battery that has a test strip built-in. I don't know how cheap the test strip has to be before it makes sense to put one on every battery, but I'll bet theater tickets are expensive enough provide the necessary margin. Maybe the ticket itself doesn't light up, but when you pass through a set of gates, a sensor in the gate tells you if you are going in the right direction.
'You've got remote storage. How regular is the update?'
'... setting up the same currents, the same basic ideas, in them all.'
'Slowly the [robot] horse raised its head, wiggled its ears, blinked twice, gave a tentative whinny.'
'A series of chemelectric afferent nerve-analogues, which permitted it to gauge to an ounce the amount of pressure necessary to snap a bone...'
'The structure,... was once a great homeostatic newspaper, the New York Times. It printed itself directly below us...'
'These instruments were the wonderful ones our astronomers had perfected.'
'Dew collectors,' he muttered, enchanted by the simple beauty of such a scheme.
'The glittering little rocket bolted to the black iron behind him.'
'So what we're looking for now is not an antibiotic - an anti-life drug - but an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug...'
'Any adult could punch into the phone his or her code, followed by a yes or no.'
|Home | Glossary
| Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact
Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™
Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.