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Old 10-20-2014, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Riding the light...
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This would be pretty cool for skiing, in the future...

Slip into some thermoelectric undergear and strap on some sticks

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete | WIRED
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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When energy and water are unlimited and cheapest!

When all types of cancers are treatable.

When we people can live more that 200 years.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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When energy and water are unlimited and cheapest!

When all types of cancers are treatable.

When we people can live more that 200 years.
Ahhh, that'd be cool. Could change TV forever. Imagine, Frank Randall could take Black Jack Randall to an early grave in 'Outlander', saving his wife's husband of two hundred years earlier from a torturous lashing.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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One thing I read recently was that any tech involving some cumbersome thingie you've got to wear on your head will never really "take off." I'm inclined to agree. At the very least, I see most people holding out against Google Glass for a very long time, of course companies like Google may respond by simply making the device less cumbersome...the bluetooth earpiece is a good example of a device hitting the sweet spot of "not annoying" where many people accepted it. 3D glasses in the home and virtual reality headsets...not so much.

I think that smart phones coupled with search engines and maps are the most ubiquitous thing that makes me feel like I'm living in "the future"...or at least a world much changed. Example: The last time I saw my Grandma before she died, at a family gathering, she got into an argument with Grandpa about whether a certain famous actor had been mayor of a certain town, or whether in fact he'd spent most of his life living in a different location entirely. In Grandpa's lifetime, the person who argued most belligerently was presumed correct, and therefore he was perpetually right, even if he wasn't. I whipped out my cellphone and fact checked the situation and it turns out, I was able to establish then and there that Grandma was right this time. His response, "Well, I'll be." It was quite outside of his reckoning. While of course the internet is rife with dissent and misinformation, often enough you can get a reasonable answer to almost any question in an instant wherever you are, any piece of information known to mankind right there at your fingertips. Or at the very least, a second opinion.

Remember when you had to go to a library to find stuff out? When being lost was really being lost? When you couldn't read reviews to determine where to eat or stay or buy something?
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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But I wonder, is there any technology around today that makes you feel like we are living in the future?
Being able to look up pretty much anything on a device I carry in my pocket is definitely up there. The same device also lets me have about 50 favorite books right there with me when I fly. It lets me drive right to where I need to go in a foreign town.

And that same item lets me get weather data, then acts as a compass, log and chartplotter when I go sailing. Plus it's a passable camera, to boot.

The first portable phone I used had a shoulder strap, and made phone calls. And that was wild.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:06 PM
 
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~ Talking to a support person that barely speaks English
~ Brazil is the second largest airplane manufacturer in the world
~ American citizens thinking the government has their best interests at heart
None of these are technologies.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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3D printers is the most impressive tech. I've ever heard of.

The 'vintage Aston-Martin' cars that were used in explosions in the last James Bond movie were actually put together using 3D printers.
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Old 11-13-2014, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Cell phones - with everyone walking around, yapping out loud, I feel like I can read their minds.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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Define "future."

Frankly, I am not impressed by this "future," and technology doesn't make me feel like I'm living in an advanced civilization when idiots are still going around cutting off heads, politicians are behaving like politicians have since the days of Babylon, and we still haven't figured a simple and cost effective way out of the gravity well.

In many ways, this era has more in common with the 1800s and earlier, while the late 1960s and early 1970s held hope for far greater things. Sure some people have phones turning them into trackable androids in the service of employers, but slave collars had the same effect and were cheaper. Instant access to inane conversations with friends who know more about sports and fashion than history does not impress me as "futuristic."
We've just landed a spacecraft on a comet. That's quite impressive.
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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We've just landed a spacecraft on a comet. That's quite impressive.
Almost as impressive as landing twelve men on the moon and landing three rovers on Mars.
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