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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 2,500 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 4,300 Science Fiction in the News articles.

China Deploys Robot Traffic Police
'The robot came up smooth and fast as a rocket...' - Harry Harrison, 1958. (8/11/2019)
Better Than Dune Chromoplastic? This Guy Might Have Done It
'But when Old Father Sun departs, the chromoplastic reverts to transparency in the dark.' - Frank Herbert, 1965. (8/9/2019)
Gather, An AI Warehouse Inventory Drone Startup
'It extended three of its tiny arms sideways to lock onto the registration pins...' - James P. Hogan, 1979 (8/7/2019)
China's Artificial Intelligence-Enhanced Education
'The grey gas not only cut off his vision, but also his other senses...' - James Blish, 1951. (8/5/2019)
Orbital Manufacturer 'Made in Space' Gets $73 Million NASA Contract
'Mass-produced in the orbiting factories...' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (8/3/2019)
Soli Gesture Tech Will Be In Google Pixel 4
'I enjoy watching this way, but - He waved his hand and the circuit switched abruptly.' - Philip K Dick, 1955. (8/1/2019)
Uber Eats Pairs Cars With Drones
Fresh grub? Let's hope they aren't delivering grubs. (7/27/2019)
Space-Based Solar Power Roundup
Who first thought about this concept? (7/25/2019)
Lost Language Meanings Found By Machine Learning
'The autopilot would need data before it could begin a translation...' - Larry Niven, 1970. (7/23/2019)
'Aerogel' Sheets For Martian Gardens
'Sealed to the ground along all the sides, Honey, he growled...' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951. (7/21/2019)
France's 'Red Team' Of Science Fiction Authors
'They're the only experts we have.' - Niven and Pournelle, 1985. (7/19/2019)
Dim The Sun With Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment
'Those twin volcanoes; d'ye see them, Mr. Renner?' - Niven and Pournelle, 1974. (7/17/2019)
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Auto-Clerk
An automated accounting system.
(From Beyond This Horizon [1942] by Robert  Heinlein)
IntruGrab
A system designed to capture intruders.
(From The Hunch [1961] by Christopher  Anvil)
Astroposit
Retro-style system provides a readout on your position anywhere in the galaxy.
(From The Hunch [1961] by Christopher  Anvil)
Flitterboat
A one-man cargo space craft.
(From A Ship Named McGuire [1961] by Gordon Randall  Garrett)
Interstellar Laser Propulsion System
A means of traveling to the stars, using a Sol-based laser system and light sail-equipped ship.
(From Rocheworld [1985] by Robert  Forward)
Magnetic Soles
Magnetized footwear for easy walking on low gravity metal surfaces.
(From A Ship Named McGuire [1961] by Gordon Randall  Garrett)
Plexiskin
A means of disguise.
(From A Ship Named McGuire [1961] by Gordon Randall  Garrett)
Threat Team (of sf writers)
Gathering together a group of science fiction writers to try to predict what will happen, or to understand an unknown threat.
(From Footfall [1985] by Larry  Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
VEIL
A wearable device used to foil facial recognition systems.
(From Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel [2019] by Neal  Stephenson)
OLED Body Film
Attaching or implanting flexible screen material to the body as decoration.
(From Waste Tide [2019] by Chen  Qiufan)
Space Tug
A small vessel used to maneuver other ships.
(From Collision Orbit [1941] by Jack  Williamson)
Pneumo-Slacks
Pants that make you look beefier.
(From The Proud Robot [1943] by Lewis  Padgett)
Vastening
It's hard to describe, but it's a robotic sense perception.
(From The Proud Robot [1943] by Lewis  Padgett)
Thermalarm Relays
Detects objects by their heat radiation, so space craft can maneuver around them.
(From Collision Orbit [1941] by Jack  Williamson)
Negative Safety-Field
A paragravity-based shield for space craft.
(From Collision Orbit [1941] by Jack  Williamson)
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Robotic Tomato Harvester Ready For Space
Peter Ling of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has created a robotic tomato harvester. (re: Gregory Benford)

Crime-Fighting Computer - The Game's Afoot 24x7
The computer system is able to work on crime-stopping twenty-four hours per day, all week long. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Ornithopters In Fact And Fiction
An ornithopter under development at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies may yet make Leonardo da Vinci's dream a reality. (re: Frank Herbert)

Skeletar And Dragon Lyre ExoticGuitars - Science Fiction Instruments
Luthier Peter McGilton has used his Masters Degree in Fine Arts, and post graduate studies in classical instrument construction, to take the guitar-maker's art to truly science-fictional levels. (re: Various)

Robotic Fish From China
The black-bodied robot fish is about four feet long, and resembles a real fish in both shape and movement. (re: Michael Swanwick)

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