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Privacy is Dying

Privacy is becoming an increasingly problematic concern for everyone. With the advent of drones, inexpensive cameras, etc., surveillance is becoming easier for governments and corporations. Inevitably, the temptation for governments and industry to acquire intelligence on all of us may … Continue reading

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The Most Secure Network Ever Built

FirstNet. A dedicated network for firemen, medical professionals, and law enforcement. They say it will be the most secure network ever built. Regardless of how secure they make it, I expect there will be criminals hacked into it from the … Continue reading

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Magic made real by Technology

We’re rapidly entering an age where science fiction becomes fact on a daily basis. Who’d have thought that by 2013 we’d all have tricorders, but call them iPhones? But sometimes, fantasy is also becoming real. This particular example is fun … Continue reading

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The Political Issue No One Is Addressing

People are worried about jobs. The problem is, many of them are going away and they aren’t coming back. It’s time to start planning for the obsolescance of the American worker. The question is, can we make the transition without … Continue reading

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Blurring the Line Between Fantasy and Science Fiction

Fantasy and Science Fiction are lumped together on the bookshelves, but they are clearly distinct. Science Fiction is usually a fanciful prediction of the future and fantasy is sheer escapism. Probably every science fiction author’s dream is to be an … Continue reading

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Virtual Possessions

I was thinking about the future of display technology. I imagine that it will become cheap enough, at some point, that we will cover our walls, ceilings, and tables with displays (possibly 3D displays). One consequence of this would be … Continue reading

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Hydrogen From the Gas Pump with Nanotech

Is there a future in hydrogen powered vehicles? Toyota announced a new car with a 516 mile range [guardian.co.uk]. It uses a single tank of fuel stored at -22 degrees Fahrenheit. But is this practical or dangerous? Would Americans ever … Continue reading

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Curing Cancer

I’m generally optimistic that cancer will be eradicated in a decade or so — based on the frequency with which interesting potential cures are reported. Just today there were rather two (possibly synergistic) ideas that surfaced in my news reading. … Continue reading

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Infinite Sunshine Computing

I have been thinking about the struggle to build large computing systems. The major challenges of the current age of computing are power, cooling and scalability. The machine room and energy costs are dwarfing everything else. This concern has even … Continue reading

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Thursday Thirteen: Tech predictions for 2040 AD

We are heading for a brave new tech world. Most of these predictions are things that could probably happen in ten years, but I’m giving them a little extra room to be on the safe side. Some of these predictions … Continue reading

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