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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 Melts Tibetan Permafrost To Plant Forest
'Can you give us a microwave spotlight?' - Niven, Pournelle, Flynn, 1995. (11/16/2017)
iFlytek Doctor Robot First To Pass Medical Exams
No problem, we'll just use the autodoc. (11/15/2017)
Slaughterbot AI KIller Quadcopter Drones
'The real border was defended by... a swarm of quasi-independent aerostats.' - Neal Stephenson, 1995. (11/14/2017)
Do We Really Want Backflipping Robots?
Also includes wonderful blooper reel. (11/13/2017)
RNA-Based Biocomputing Device
Living things can sense and analyze complex signals in living cells. (11/12/2017)
Seasteading Floating Cities
'It was a remarkable island, circular, about half a kilometer in diameter.' - Otfrid von Hanstein, 1930. (11/11/2017)
Tesla Semi 'Electrotruck' Unveiled
Elon Musk unveils yet another technological marvel. (11/10/2017)
Watch What People Are Seeing Via Brain Scanning
'had managed to see through the other man's eyes as the other man, all unaware, washed their Zis limousine sixteen hundred meters away...' - Cordwainer Smith, 1958. (11/9/2017)
Integrated Circuits Printed Right Onto Fabric!
'...a shirt that displayed email on its sleeve. - Margaret Atwood, 2003. (11/8/2017)
Interstellar Asteroid Visits Our Solar System
'This asteroid had whirled in from the cold of the interplanetary space...' - Ray Cummings, 1930. (11/7/2017)
PRIMA Bionic Vision Restoration
'The VISOR... was a medical device used in the Federation to aid patients who have suffered loss of eyesight...' (11/6/2017)
Audi Traffic Jam Pilot Knows If You're Sleeping
'Even here, riding a garbage truck to eternity, the machine watched him...' - Harry Harrison, 1956. (11/5/2017)
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Nurse Drone
A larger flying platform to provide power to smaller drones.
(From The Diamond Age [1995] by Neal  Stephenson)
Vehicle Sleep Sensor
Better stay awake, the machines know if you're sleeping.
(From The Velvet Glove [1956] by Harry  Harrison)
Oxygen Concentrator
Gathers oxygen from a thin atmosphere until it is breathable, supporting life.
(From Duel on Syrtis [1951] by Poul  Anderson)
Suspensine
Slows biological functions enough to survive in airless space - for a time.
(From Duel on Syrtis [1951] by Poul  Anderson)
Windmill Mast
Enclosed machinery in large masts powers ships.
(From A Journey In Other Worlds [1894] by John Jacob  Astor IV)
Oxygen Space Flare
A flare that burns inside a glass bulb with oxygen.
(From Brigands of the Moon [1930] by Ray  Cummings)
Asteroid From Outside Solar System
An asteroid or similar body that comes from outside the solar system; an interstellar body.
(From Brigands of the Moon [1930] by Ray  Cummings)
Electronic Analogue of Living Brain
Imposing the abilities of a human brain into a computer
(From The Tunnel Under The World [1955] by Frederik  Pohl)
Royalties For Imitation Learning Subjects
A payment to people who are used as subjects for imitation learning by robots.
(From Q.U.R. [1943] by Anthony  Boucher)
Laws Against Human Drivers
The idea that autonomous vehicles should be the only cars on the road, for safety.
(From Sally [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Positronic Motor
A combination of motor and brain; an engine with a cerebellum and a carburetor.
(From Sally [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Autonomous Car Intercommunication
Automatic cars talk to each other about everything.
(From Sally [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Self-Cleaning Autonomous Car
An automatic vehicle that keeps itself clean.
(From Sally [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Automatobus
An autonomous or self-driving bus seating a number of people.
(From Sally [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Automatobile
An autonomous private car.
(From Sally [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
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Planetary Parks Proposed For Mars Conservatio
A set of seven 'planetary parks' have been proposed for the conservation of the martian environment by two European scientists. (Re: Alfred Bester)

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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