Science Fiction in the News Articles
related to the works of

Keith Laumer

John Keith Laumer (b. 1925 - d. 1993) was an officer in the USAF and also a U.S. diplomat prior to beginning a full-time writing career. In 1971 he suffered a massive stroke which left him unable to write; he recovered somewhat in the mid-1970's.

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:

GM OnStar Will Soon Let Police Stop Your Car
   Is this new feature a good idea, or a security nightmare? What if the OnStar operator shut down the wrong car - like yours - by mistake?
Australasian Intelligent Speed Adaptation Initiative - Big Road Brother
   Surveillance is one thing; automated ticketing another. But actually stopping a vehicle automatically?
Texting UK Police May Control Your Car
   This technology may be familiar to fans of Greg Bear.
Ripsaw MS1 Like Laumer's Bolo
   This unmanned tank can do speedy maneuvers and zip along at up to sixty mph. It's not autonomous - yet.
Ethical Governor For Battlefield Robots
   Is it possible for military robots to know when to fire? What will restrain them?
Human Brains For Robots?
   In science fiction, it's usually space aliens who decide to use human brains to run things. However, in the real present it's the humans who are working on it.
OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown Foils Carjacker
   Predicted by several science fiction writers starting in the 1960's, this device has been tested in the field. And it works.
Take Control Of Cars Wirelessly
   You think you have complete control over your car - but for how long?
RF Safe-Stop Shuts Cars Off
   '...a police control-override.'- Keith Laumer, 1965.
Hackers Can Take Control Of Cars From Anywhere In The World
   'The car faltered as the external command came to brake...' - Keith Laumer, 1965.
Will OpenAI Have High Ethical Standards?
   Loyal Bolos are still in the future.
Superior Morals For Autonomous Cars
   Exemplars of military and civic virtue.
Keith Laumer's Bolo Autonomous Tanks Right On Schedule
   'I cannot lie idle under attack.' - Keith Laumer, 1976.

 

 

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