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The future of technology... who knows?
« on: March 27, 2012, 12:29:15 PM »
The future of technology... who knows?

Predicting the future shape of the technology industry is a risky business.

Check it out - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17510101

Here's the chief engineer of the Post Office, Sir William Preece, in 1878: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."

Or the boss of a major computer manufacturer in 1977: "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."

The world that we live in is developing at an incredible rate. Many parts of our daily lives were almost unimaginable just a decade ago.

Cities of the future - http://funguerilla.com/cities-of-the-future/

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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 10:54:02 AM »
Thanks DB,

I love pictures like this.

Sci-Fi is always about now not the future (as in using allegory to pinpoint social or economic problems in the now), trying to predict the future you're instantly onto a looser.

« Last Edit: March 28, 2012, 11:07:08 AM by meekon5 »
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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 12:40:01 PM »
The future of technology... who knows?

Predicting the future shape of the technology industry is a risky business.

Check it out - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17510101

Here's the chief engineer of the Post Office, Sir William Preece, in 1878: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."

Or the boss of a major computer manufacturer in 1977: "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."

The world that we live in is developing at an incredible rate. Many parts of our daily lives were almost unimaginable just a decade ago.

Cities of the future - http://funguerilla.com/cities-of-the-future/



Awesome city pics at that link...  It's good to remember that science fiction often becomes reality, as the authors, artists, and illustrators are themselves visionaries.  Think of Gene Rodenberry for example.



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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 02:01:27 PM »
Thanks DB,

I love pictures like this.


Same here, great illustrations! And I agree, predicting the future often makes fools of people, but there are those who sometimes get it right; in sci-fi names such as Arthur C. Clark (space station, space shuttle), Gene Rodenberry (iPads, quantum tele-portation), and others.
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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 02:12:00 PM »
The future of technology... who knows?

Predicting the future shape of the technology industry is a risky business.

Check it out - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17510101

Here's the chief engineer of the Post Office, Sir William Preece, in 1878: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."

Or the boss of a major computer manufacturer in 1977: "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."

The world that we live in is developing at an incredible rate. Many parts of our daily lives were almost unimaginable just a decade ago.

Cities of the future - http://funguerilla.com/cities-of-the-future/


Awesome city pics at that link...  It's good to remember that science fiction often becomes reality, as the authors, artists, and illustrators are themselves visionaries.  Think of Gene Rodenberry for example.

Apple iPad, 2010 (or many other tablet computers).......





Star Trek Data Pad, 1987.......



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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 03:39:21 PM »
The future of technology... who knows?

Predicting the future shape of the technology industry is a risky business.

Check it out - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17510101

Here's the chief engineer of the Post Office, Sir William Preece, in 1878: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."

Or the boss of a major computer manufacturer in 1977: "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."

The world that we live in is developing at an incredible rate. Many parts of our daily lives were almost unimaginable just a decade ago.

Cities of the future - http://funguerilla.com/cities-of-the-future/


Awesome city pics at that link...  It's good to remember that science fiction often becomes reality, as the authors, artists, and illustrators are themselves visionaries.  Think of Gene Rodenberry for example.

Apple iPad, 2010 (or many other tablet computers).......





Star Trek Data Pad, 1987.......





check out HP in 2003 they had a really nice unit just nicer touch screens and other advances in batteries have come along to make small tablets worth it now. I think the PH newer models are on clearance now as well. I hate HP monitors and computers but always liked their pocket items for some reason.


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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2012, 04:45:31 PM »
Yeah, in reality, Steve Jobs, was NOT the inventor of the pad computer; he just stole the idea and "Apple-ized" it.

 ;D Here is something Steve didn't think of.........

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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2012, 06:38:41 PM »
Yeah, in reality, Steve Jobs, was NOT the inventor of the pad computer; he just stole the idea and "Apple-ized" it.

Wasn't that Jobs' entire business platform?

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 07:24:40 PM »
Yeah, in reality, Steve Jobs, was NOT the inventor of the pad computer; he just stole the idea and "Apple-ized" it.

Wasn't that Jobs' entire business platform?

Hell yeah, here is where he stole the idea for the Lisa GUI and Mac GUI (look familiar?)...

The "Xerox Star"...... First commercially sold in 1981 (three years before the Apple Mac and two years before the Apple Lisa), the Original Xerox 8010, Codename Dandelion......





Check out - http://toastytech.com/guis/star.html
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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2012, 01:13:37 PM »
Yeah, in reality, Steve Jobs, was NOT the inventor of the pad computer; he just stole the idea and "Apple-ized" it.

Wasn't that Jobs' entire business platform?

Actually that could probably describe the entire hi-tech industry.

As for future technology, I bet computers and entertainment platforms will continue to improve. Everything else like better fuels, transportation methods, energy production, housing, food, and anything else related to human needs, will all depend on if people stop chasing the big bucks and decide that progressing as a species is more important. It may be undude of me to say this (or not, I'm not sure), but if we ever want to progress to what we see in awesome sci-fi paintings, we need to eliminate the social evils of financial inequality and everything that comes with it, like poverty, starvation, homelessness, and the like. How can a culture truly call itself civilized when those are big issues all over the world? Maybe my thinking on this is to uptight?

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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2012, 02:42:41 PM »
Yeah, in reality, Steve Jobs, was NOT the inventor of the pad computer; he just stole the idea and "Apple-ized" it.

Wasn't that Jobs' entire business platform?

Actually that could probably describe the entire hi-tech industry.

As for future technology, I bet computers and entertainment platforms will continue to improve. Everything else like better fuels, transportation methods, energy production, housing, food, and anything else related to human needs, will all depend on if people stop chasing the big bucks and decide that progressing as a species is more important. It may be undude of me to say this (or not, I'm not sure), but if we ever want to progress to what we see in awesome sci-fi paintings, we need to eliminate the social evils of financial inequality and everything that comes with it, like poverty, starvation, homelessness, and the like. How can a culture truly call itself civilized when those are big issues all over the world? Maybe my thinking on this is to uptight?

Good thoughts there, dude. Have to agree.
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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2012, 04:41:30 PM »
Who cares about the cities. What about A.I????

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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2012, 08:22:38 PM »
Who cares about the cities. What about A.I????

The question is;
can we build a robot who would be a dude-like A.I.? Cyber-dude? ;D

Author Ted Bell: Artificial Intelligence Could Evolve Into Evil Reality

Artificial intelligence is ?growing exponentially as a tool? that may be used increasingly in cyber warfare, Bell said. As an example, he points to the Stuxnet computer worm attacks on Iran.



Check out - http://www.newsmax.com/US/Bell-Phantom-artificial-intelligence/2012/03/25/id/433778
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Re: The future of technology... who knows?
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2012, 05:13:42 AM »
Who cares about the cities. What about A.I????

I personally do not subscribe to the AI Vs Humans crisis in the future (aka The Terminator/Matrix storyline).

For a long time now I have been a transhumanist (human+).


Michio Kaku (above) in his excellent Sci-Fi Science where he attempts to use modern science to address Sci-Fi issues did cover the problem (episode called A.I. Uprising).

Now I was a little disappointed in this particular episode because he presented his conclusion as though it was an entirely new solution to the problem that he had just come up with.

His solution (in the TV program) is the only logical one. Evolve and accept technology into ourselves.

The Transhumanist ideal, man become machine.

There is unlikely to be any AI Vs Human conflict because the point at which the AI is able to think for itself (and not just use a lot of computing power to mimic very closely) we the human race will be so much sysnthesised ourselves that it will be difficult to tell the AI apart from the humans.

(see also Discover Magazine)
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2012, 03:41:44 PM »

I'm so glad someone else pulled out a copy of this (I was just about to post my copy). ;D
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