Fiction in the News Articles
related to the works of
James Graham (J.G.) Ballard (b. 1930 - d. 2009) was born in Shanghai; this excellent British writer spent several years in an internment camp in Japan during WWII. He writes "I don't think you can go through the experience of war without one's perceptions of the world being forever changed. The reassuring stage set that everyday reality in the suburban west presents to us is torn down; you see the ragged scaffolding, and then you see the truth beyond that, and it can be a frightening experience."
Science fiction in
the News articles describe real-world events that relate to the ideas
and inventions in sf novels and movies. Select
a news article:
Digital Billboards Worth Billions
This part of our science-fictional future I can really live without; you'll pay money for unmarked, non-ad-saturated nature.
Advertising-Funded Cellphone Content
Free phone service may be coming whether you like it or not. The system depends on it.
J.G. Ballard wrote about clothing that would do this - but it's been implemented using a more mechanistic technology.
Smart Sign Watches You Drive By
Advertisers want to get a bit closer to you with these sensor-enhanced digital billboards.
Nanotech Self-Healing Houses
If a house had the right kind of walls, could it alter enough to heal itself?
Robotic Ecologies Shape Themselves To Serve You
Why don't more people read science fiction to catch a glimpse of what the future might hold? Architects certainly should.
Self-Healing Polymer Autonomous Material System
Autonomous materials may be able to heal themselves without high maintenance costs.
HypoSurface Walls Are Full Of Life
This remarkable new display surface is a pretty good implementation of a J.G. Ballard idea from the 1960's.
Sensor-Equipped Dress Tells You How She Feels
This dress communicates more than just a sense of fashion.
'Paranormal State' Ad Billboard Makes You Hear Voices
Advertisers are now using an 'audio spotlight' to put their message right into your ears.
200,000 Computer-Generated Books
I don't understand why this guy doesn't take his idea to the logical conclusion.
FLARE Creates 'Skin' For Buildings
Interesting idea for a flexible, interactive membrane that would allow a building to let air and light in, and let freedom of expression out.
Software Tools Design Anti-Viral Cities
Can software tools design cities to prevent the spread of disease? J.G. Ballard thought so, and so do modern computer scientists.
Touchy Feely Trigger Point Mouldings
If you've ever desired a more intimate relationship with the walls of your apartment or business, I've got just the thing for you.
U.S. Winds Slowing Down?
Sometimes, there's an interesting story in science fiction authors predicting a future - with the opposite result.
Self-Healing Metal Coating
Imagine a material that can heal itself when scratched, or become more corrosion-resistant, or become self-lubricating.
555 KUBIK - If A House Was Dreaming
What would a morphing transforming building that constantly revealed its internal spaces look like?
Nexus One Not Ballardian Free Ad Phone
J.G. Ballard gave us a very good idea what this would be like in 1963.
Smart Second Skin Dress Interacts With Wearer
Why be satisfied with that 'inert-wear' that you usually put on in the morning? Why shouldn't you have clothing that interacts with you?
Sound Reactive Nightgown
An unusual demonstration piece, this garment is very sensitive to noise.
Targeted Audio Ads On Your Cell Phone
Your cell phone is a radio, after all.
Self-Healing Concrete Uses Bacteria For Healing
Is it possible that bacteria in buildings could play the role of your body's osteoblast cells - repairing their minor fractures?
Autonomous Adaptive Structure Uses Shape Memory Polymer
Part of an autonomous adaptive structure created at MIT.
Ad-Supported Free Telephone Calls
To make a free international call, just listen to a short ad or two. For now.
'Supra B 'Toys Soon Self-Healing
Toy, heal thyself.
It would be better if our gadgets could simply repair themselves when broken (with video).
Outdoor Testing For Self-Healing Concrete
'I noticed that curious mottled knots were forming, indicating where the room had been strained and healed faultily.'- J.G. Ballard, 1962.
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