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Slaughterbot AI KIller Quadcopter Drones
'The real border was defended by... a swarm of quasi-independent aerostats.' - Neal Stephenson, 1995. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Do We Really Want Backflipping Robots?
Also includes wonderful blooper reel. (re: Various)

RNA-Based Biocomputing Device
Living things can sense and analyze complex signals in living cells. (re: Greg Bear)

Seasteading Floating Cities
'It was a remarkable island, circular, about half a kilometer in diameter.' - Otfrid von Hanstein, 1930. (re: Otfrid von Hanstein)

Tesla Semi 'Electrotruck' Unveiled
Elon Musk unveils yet another technological marvel. (re: Poul Anderson)

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. (re: Cordwainer Smith)

Integrated Circuits Printed Right Onto Fabric!
'...a shirt that displayed email on its sleeve. - Margaret Atwood, 2003. (re: Margaret Atwood)

Interstellar Asteroid Visits Our Solar System
'This asteroid had whirled in from the cold of the interplanetary space...' - Ray Cummings, 1930. (re: Ray Cummings)

PRIMA Bionic Vision Restoration
'The VISOR... was a medical device used in the Federation to aid patients who have suffered loss of eyesight...' (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Audi Traffic Jam Pilot Knows If You're Sleeping
'Even here, riding a garbage truck to eternity, the machine watched him...' - Harry Harrison, 1956. (re: Harry Harrison)

UM Hall Thruster Breaks Records
Someday, we'll see an ion drive used to get to Mars. (re: Jack Williamson)

Ionity Ultra-fast Charging Station Network
'Recharge the batteries... in almost every town and village...'- John Jacob Astor IV, 1894. (re: John Jacob Astor IV)

VAuth Voice Security Wearable From University of Michigan
'Siri, I gave you a voice command...' 'Yes, but do I know you?' (re: Gosho Aoyama)

Ubiquiti FrontRow Camera Records Your Life
Why be choosy? Just upload your whole life to the Internet, and be done with it. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Ancient Ocean On Ceres?
'We sailed gently forward, hull down to the asteroid's surface... A little sea was now beneath us.' (re: Ray Cummings)

SmileCloud Bubloons Are Custom Clouds
'Spurgle kicked at the letter G... It was a monstrous white thing, ten feet thick, half a city block long...' - Alan Nelson, 1953. (re: Alan Nelson)

Cassie 'Halfbot' Best Half (Lower) Of Humanoid Robot
We can always make it limp along if it gets threatening. (re: Various)

Autonomous Concrete Floor Finishing Robot
Keep those construction site robots coming. (re: Michael Crichton)

Musk Tweets A Boring Tunnel Pic
'We hit the sub-basement and went at once to the express tubes...' - Robert Heinlein, 1956. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Shelley.ai AI Terrifies Thanks To Reddit's Nosleep
'How can you compete with IBM?' - JG Ballard, 1971. (re: JG Ballard)

Lunatix Lunar Rover Will Accept YOUR Commands!
'The bulldozer moved through the lunar strip mine... ' - Niven and Pournelle, 1981. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Tesla Electric Automatobus Prototype Spotted?
Those buses need to feed on something. (re: Isaac Asimov)

E-Fuso eCanter Electric eTruck
I prefer the 'electro' prefix, personally. (re: Poul Anderson)

SpaceX BFR Lands $41M From USAF
'Presently, near Kansas City, the sky turned from black to purple again...' - Robert Heinlein, 1951. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Mmm, Tasty Duck From A Petri Dish
'Laboratories in every city had produced synthetic food and meats, grown in large test tubes...' - David H. Keller, 1933. (re: David H. Keller)

Drones Guided By The Mind Alone
'His treads left no tracks upon the floor...' - Clifford Simak, 1961. (re: Clifford Simak)

effie Automated Ironing Appliance
'Household Automata received an urgent task to develop production units of бытовые тканевые разглаживk (re: Mikhail Mikheev)

BabyX AI Real Enough For You
'...what's to keep me from showing face, Man? I'm showing a voice this instant... I can show a face the same way.' - Robert Heinlein, 1966. (re: Robert Heinlein)

We Could Downgrade Puerto Rico - And Thereby Save It
'It was cheaper to pay the refugees to go without up-to-the-minute equipment.' - John Brunner, 1976. (re: John Brunner)

Pegasus, Nvidia Supercomputer For Autonomous Driving
'...a 2045 convertible with a Hennis-Carleton positronic motor and an Armat chassis.' - Isaac Asimov, 1953. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Loihi Chip Mimics Human Brain's Neurons And Synapses
'You can hook a Thorsen tube into a control circuit... and the tube will "remember" what was done and can direct the operation...' - Robert Heinlein, 1956. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Self-Assembling Bacteria Build A Pressure Sensor
Nature is a master of fabricating structured materials consisting of living and non-living components. (re: Unknown)

3D Printed Artificial Muscles Are Stronger Than Yours
Bots don't need to work out. (re: Martin Caidin)

Fog Computing (AKA Edge Computing) Ad Hoc Networks
'The tiny devices chirped their impulse codes at one another...' - Vernor Vinge, 1999. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Dubai Scorpion Police Hoverbike Ready To Pull Young Kirk Over
'Is there a problem, officer?' (re: Gene Roddenberry)

HEXA Robotic Help For Plants
Then some unknown race had chanced upon the dreamers and decided to "help them out." - Vernor Vinge, 1992. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Korean Tesla Model S Video 'Excelsior' Is Indeed Our Motto
'Improving man by bringing him close to Nature, while they combine the sensations of coasting with the interest of seeing the country well...' (re: John Jacob Astor IV)

DIY Robot Shoots You In The Face
'...there were automatic guns that fired ligamine darts.' - Michael Crichton, 1969. (re: Michael Crichton)

A Bayesian Approach to Safe Imitation Learning For AIs and Robots
Um, how about that pension for the humans who serve as the models for robot behavior? (re: Anthony Boucher)

Qoobo Headless Robotic Therapy Cat Was Anne McCaffrey's Idea
'...used as surrogates in intense dependency cases.' - Anne McCaffrey, 1990. (re: Anne McCaffrey)

Autonomous Cars Talk To Each Other At MCity
'My cars talk to one another.' - Isaac Asimov, 1953. (re: Isaac Asimov)

PUFFER Robots - From Philip K DIck's Second Variety?
'Across the ground something small and metallic came, flashing in the dull sunlight of midday.' - Philip K. Dick, 1953. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Russian Space Garden
'We saw the gardens, flooded with artificial sunlight...' - Harley S. Aldinger, 1932. (re: Harley S. Aldinger)

Targeted Neuroplasticity Training For 'Downloading Skills'
'I know kung-fu.' (re: Various)

U of M's MCity To Feature Asimov's Automatobuses
Should you turn autonomous buses off? (re: Isaac Asimov)

Crazyflie Drone Swarm Technology
'...Programmed to hang in space in a hexagonal grid pattern.' - Neal Stephenson, 1995. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Our GodBot, Who Art In Cyberspace
Vaal hungers! We must serve him. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

easyJet Short-Haul Electric Jets
Have a little faith, will you? They're working on it. (re: John W. Campbell)

Meet Assist-e Honda's Self-Balancing Motorcycle
'He had never ridden any motorized device that lacked onboard steering and balance systems...'- Bruce Sterling, 1998. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Kalashnikov's One-Seater Hovercraft
Not for windy days. (re: Various)

L16 Revolutionary Optics Spells End For Ordinary DSLRs?
Time for Esper Photo Analysis, Blade Runner fans. (re: Ridley Scott)

Biggest HiSeas 'Mars Mission' Problem? No Internet
I think sf writers have this covered! (re: Harry Gore Bishop)

Clever Electric Truck Generates More Power Than It Uses
Better than a fictional electrotruck! (re: Poul Anderson)

Eden-ISS, Greenhouse In Antarctica
'With this kind of light we could get the gardens going again." - Barbara Humbly, 1983. (re: Barbara Hambly)

Make Space Tools On The Spot (Like Moties)
'A moment ago it was squeezing silver toothpaste in a ribbon...' - Niven and Pournelle, 1974. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Will Robots Be Moral If We Raise Them Like Our Children?
'The birth of Machine, my robot child...' - Henry Slesar, 1958. (re: Henry Slesar)

Foldable Galaxy Phones, I Swear They're Coming (Maybe)
Apparently, it is very hard to do. We've been patient, though. (re: Larry Niven)

Bacteria Behave Differently In Space
'The Republic struggled to control its Sours...' - Bruce Sterling, 1985. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Brain Connected To Internet - ‘Brainternet'
Fascinating! or thoughts to that effect. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Artificial Spider Silk
You can also use it to make a roof - on an asteroid. (re: Robert Heinlein)

MIT Tunes Ions For Frictionless Surface - Superlubricity!
'My telelubricator here neutralizes the interatomic bonds the surface of any solid...' - L. Sprague de Camp, 1940. (re: L. Sprague de Camp)

Seiko Astron Always Knows Your Time Zone
'Harrington glanced at his wrist watch - a bulky affair - and whistled.' - Robert Heinlein, 1940. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Robot Buddhist Priest Chants, Drums
'He crossed the waiting room to the Padre booth...' - Philip K. Dick, 1969. (re: James Blish)

Koniku Kore, Mouse Brain-Based Chip, Detects Explosives
'As a matter of fact, this mouse is going to keep on thinking forever.' - Cordwainer Smith, 1962. (re: Cordwainer Smith)

CNH Industrial Autonomous Tractor Concept Video
'...the tiny red glints of self-guided tractors.' - Larry Niven, 1966. (re: Larry Niven)

Temi Robotic Telepresence Roommate
'Small [telepresence] devices with cameras and sound equipment which could move freely...' - Niven and Pournelle, 1981. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

The Neuroon Open Sleep Tracker For Lucid Dreaming
'Leads trail away from insertion points on her face and wrist... to a lucid dreamer on the bedside shelf.' - Peter Watts, 1999. (re: Peter Watts)

Siri Now Smoother, Perkier (Thanks, Deep Learning!)
'Good morning, Dr. Chandra. This is Hal.' - Arthur C. Clarke (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

China's Drone Fleet Flies In Formation
'Programmed to hang... in a hexagonal grid pattern.' - Neal Stephenson, 1995. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Neuralink, The Latest Elon Musk Passion
'I used my implant to tell MILLIE [a mainframe computer] what we wanted...' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981. (re: Pournelle and Niven)

RFly Drones Rule The Warehouse
'The wasp homed unerringly on the face of the honeycomb...' - James P. Hogan, 1979. (re: James P. Hogan)

Will The FDA Approve This Antiaging Drug?
'So what we're looking for now is... an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug.' - James Blish, 1951. (re: James Blish)

Rule Of Humans By Software Not Transparent
'The Council itself could be overridden by a superior power...' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1956. (re: Miles Breuer)

SpaceX Spacesuit Design Transmitted By Elon Musk
Welcome, SpaceX, to the club of space suit imaginers and makers. (re: Schachner and Zagat)

Will A Steel Umbrella Stop Russia?
'Everyone was aware that the damned platform was wandering around in its own orbit...' - EB White, 1950. (re: EB White)

EVE Artificial Womb For Lambs (For Now)
'In the crimson darkness, stewing warm on their cushion of peritoneum and gorged with blood-surrogate and hormones...' - Aldous Huxley, 1932. (re: Aldous Huxley)

TIKAD Armed Drone Ready To Fight
'Each a television eye and a sonic stunner...' - Larry Niven, 1972. (re: 309)

Bees Royal Jelly Helps Wounds Heal Faster
'An alien drug... used by an insect race.' - Clifford Simak, 1961. (re: Clifford Simak)

NASA Wants To Make Oxygen On Mars
'They plop down on the Red and if the dust is deep enough ... they burrow in...' - Greg Bear, 2014. (re: Greg Bear)

Hackers Insert Malware Into DNA
'They tied the memory to the bloodline and that was their record!' - (re: Barbara Hambly)

X2-VelociRoACH Cooperates To Launch Tiny Drones
Little robots cooperating can do big tasks. Eventually. (re: Isaac Asimov)

'Do Not Pay' Chatbots To Replace Law Firm Associates?
'I want my lawyer program.' - David Brin, 1990. (re: David Brin)

MULTI Model Of Star Trek Turbolift
Cool prototype video! (re: Various)

A Look Into The Future Of Spacecraft!
Ever wonder how you look when you enter a new part of a spacecraft? (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

An 'Ethical Black Box' For Robots?
Explored by science fiction authors. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Dadbot Digital Immortality
'A hardwired ROM cassette replicating a dead man's skills...' - William Gibson, 1984. (re: William Gibson)

Should We Permit Computers To Create Their Own Language?
'Talk Between Robots radio...' - Frederik Pohl, 1954. (re: Frederik Pohl)

Breakthrough Starshot Sprites Yearn For Alpha Centauri
'Whoever launched it fired a laser cannon...' - Niven and Pournelle, 1971. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Kino Project Roaming Personal Fashion Robots
'Most of the crew have the tiny imp ride on their shoulder...' - Robert Forward, 1985. (re: Robert Forward)

Astronaut Exercise Video, Predicted By SF Writers
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses.' - Murray Leinster, 1953. (re: Murray Leinster)

First Crewless Ship? Umm
Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (re: Various)

RFID Chipped Employees Of Three Square Market
'About a third of the people in Manhattan have replaced their Freedom Card with a radio-frequency chip...' - John Twelve Hawks, 2015. (re: John Twelve Hawks)

JAXA's Int-Ball Drone To Follow Astronauts In Space Station
'I want you to build me some of those.' MIT Professor David Miller, 1999. (re: George Lucas)

Amazon Patents Annoying Robot That Follows You
'The... machine, being homotropic, headed toward them, still bleating...' - Philip K. Dick, 1963. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Hand Gestures And Body Poses Control Devices
'He waved his hand... the circuit switched...'- Philip K. Dick, 1955. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Rovable Robots Crawl Across Your Body
'Most of the crew have the tiny imp ride on their shoulder...' - Robert Forward, 1985. (re: Robert Forward)

Sansar Social Virtual Reality Platform In 2017?
'And just as a daydreamer forgets his actual surroundings, and sees other realities...' - Vernor VInge, 1981. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Cellphone Harvests Power From Ambient Radio Signals And Light
A battery-free phone. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Desktopography Makes Virtual Desktops Real
'Ender doodled on his desk, drawing contour maps of mountainous islands and then telling his desk to display them in three dimensions...' - Orson Scott Card, 1985. (re: Orson Scott Card)

LaWS Laser Can Take Out Rogue Drones
Looks like a weapon for the Runaway squad! (re: Michael Crichton)

Moon Express Lunar Robot Mining: Shine On, Harvest Moon
'The bulldozer moved through the lunar strip mine... ' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981. (re: Pournelle and Niven)

Liquid Body Armor For TALOS Exoskeleton
'... instantly became rigid all over when something struck it...' - Larry Niven, 1966. (re: Larry Niven)

Hyperloop One Video Shows It Works!
'Complete evacuation of the interior of the tubes [and] a wave that provides the new propulsive energy for the cars...' Hard Vincent, 1929. (re: Harl Vincent)

Chairless Chair Exoskeleton By Sapetti
'Earth's scientists... devised rigid metallic clothing...' - Edmond Hamilton, 1932. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Publishing Technologies In Science Fiction
In response to a reader question, a set of links related to publishing technologies in science fiction (re: Various)

Russia Working On Military Exoskeletons
'...you look like a big steel gorilla...' - Robert Heinlein, 1959. (re: Robert Heinlein)

3D Printed Bionic Chinese Skin
Designer skin for everyone! (re: Philip K. Dick)

Flexup Tire Design Good For Tumblebugs
'Each spoke telescopes into five sections.'- Neal Stephenson, 1992. (re: Neal Stephenson)

3D Printed Graphene Aerogel - So Light!
'... light as cork and stronger than steel...' - Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1929. (re: Edgar Rice Burroughs)

Asteroid Deflection With DART
'This obelisk is one huge deflector mechanism...' Gene Roddenberry, 1968. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Translate One2One From IBM's Watson Your Communication Solution
'It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix...' - Douglas Adams, 1979. (re: Douglas Adams)

News Now Philip K. Dick's Bailiwick
'A vast complex electronic organism... responsible to no one...' - Philip K. Dick, 1963. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Autonomous BADGER Robot Drilling Machine
'The compacted matter... makes a better tunnel lining than concrete, don't you think?' - Paul Ernst, 1936. (re: Paul Ernst)

TALOS Exoskeleton Development Proceeding
'Suited up, you look like a big steel gorilla...' - Robert Heinlein, 1959. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Autonomous Robots Navigate Like Rats
'Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted.' - Ray Bradbury, 1950. (re: Ray Bradbury)

SINTEF Robot Cleans Solar Panels
'The window cleaners, with large padded feet...' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1972. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Pangorin Restaurant Service Robots
What'll you have? Jawa juice? (re: George Lucas)

Drug Creates Real Melanin Tan
I've used them all my life... (re: Larry Niven)

Medical Drones Hover Like Angels Near You
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...'- Frederk Pohl, 1965. (re: Frederik Pohl)

SkEye Amazing Israeli Gigapixel Drone
'An eye that could not only see, but fly...' - Manly Wade Wellman, 1938. (re: Manly Wade Wellman)

How Rude! DARPA Wants Robots To Behave More Like Threepio
'Do I know protocol? Why, it's my primary function.' - George Lucas, 1976. (re: George Lucas)

'Liquid Light' Flows Around Corners
Light as a superfluid. (re: George Lucas)

Unrolling The Filmy Materials Of Space Tech
'When unfolded and unrolled... it became a tough, gleaming film.' - Jack Vance, 1962. (re: Jack Vance)

Buddy Companion Robot Your Bulbous Friend
'Nanny was built in the shape of a sphere, a large metal sphere, flattened on the bottom...' - Philip K. Dick, 1955. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Poli-X1 Prototype Bee Pollinator
Always buzz, buzz, buzz, eh Mr. Drone? (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Bake in Space Bake-Off... In Space!
'A joyous condition commenced for the cook in the electric kitchen...' - Otto Willi Gail, 1929. (re: Otto Willi Gail)

DeepMind AI Baffled By Homer Simpson, Needs Human Help
'Whenever a robot finds something it can't identify straight off...' - Harry Harrison, 1956. (re: Harry Harrison)

Does Earth's Middle Mantle Hold Oceans Of Water?
Al Gore, you have no idea. (re: Stephen Baxter)

Deep Learning Creates New Faces
'a million and a half physiognomic fraction-representations of various people...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Vaccine Blocks Heroin High
'You're biochemically incapable of getting off...' - William Gibson, 1985. (re: William Gibson)

Design Your Own Robot (Carefully)
'I didn't realize it, but I was patiently building the most dangerous thing in creation...' - Maurice Hugi, 1941. (re: Maurice Hugi)

Worms Eat Plastic Now
'Slowly and inexorably, the rate of dissolution increased...' - Davis/Pedlar, 1971. (re: Michael Crichton)

The Largest Virtual Universe!
'...a machine able literally to contain the Universe Itself .' - Stanislaw Lem, 1965. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Cyborg DragonflEye At Your Command
'The dragonfly responded like a toy airplane, taking off and heading east...' (re: John Twelve Hawks)

The Ring Clock IS Heinlein's Finger Watch
'Crayn glanced at his finger watch...' - HB Fyfe, 1951. (re: HB Fyfe)

Xiaoice AI Now A Poet
'How can you compete with an IBM heavy-duty logomatic analogue?'- JG Ballard, 1971. (re: JG Ballard)

Dubai Mall Hires Robocop
'This was as close as a robot could get to a cop in uniform, without being a joke.' - Harry Harrison, 1958. (re: Harry Harrison)

Ambrosia Start-Up Offers New Blood For Old 'Caper'
'It consists largely in replacing the entire blood tissue in an old person with new, young blood...' - Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Prodrone Dual Arm Drone PD6B-AW-ARM As Predicted In 1960
'The ultimate horror for our paranoid culture; vicious unseen mechanical entities that flit at the edges of our vision...' - Philip K. Dick, 1960. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Artificial Intelligence Software Predicts Lifespan
'The doctor... went behind his apparatus... exposed dials came to life and a low humming came from the machine...' - Robert Heinlein, 1939. (re: Robert Heinlein)

BlessU-2 Robot Priest Celebrates 500th Reformation Anniversary
'at last the robot cardinal is to be elected Pope.' - Robert Silverberg, (re: Robert Silverberg)

Free-Floating Planet Capture Not Rare, Says Paper
'planets which had been pulled from their pathways ages ago by a passing star...' - Balmer and Wylie, 1932. (re: Balmer and Wylie)

Tiny Tertill Autonomous Weeding Robot
'And it's only programmed to look for things smaller than an inch." - Michael Crichton, 1985. (re: Michael Crichton)

Used Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Will Fly Again
'the overstrained meters made the smaller craft skittish as a young horse...' - Robert Heinlein (re: Robert Heinlein)

Spider Flyer Walker Space Suit For Mars Astronauts
'The eight thin metallic legs were pointed downwards...' - Charles Sheffield, 1979. (re: Charles Sheffield)

Anti AI AI Wearable Detects Artificial Voices
Combats another wearable, the voice-changing bowtie. (re: Various)

Drones Will Transform Cities
Where we're going, we don't use roads. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Orbital Space Tourism For $1M
'Big cigar. Narrows at the ends.' - William Gibson, 1984. (re: William Gibson)

Prynt Pocket Prints AR Pix Right In Your Hand
A printer for the palm of your hand. (re: John Brunner)

3D Printed Stretchable Skin For Robots AND You!
'Three rows of four colored dots appeared on the heel of my left hand...' - John Varley, 1992. (re: John Varley)

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