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The Living Tree House
'There were trees comprised of a central columnar trunk and four vast leaves...'- Jack Vance, 1954. (re: Jack Vance)

Flying Defibrillator Ambulance Drone
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...'- Frederk Pohl, 1965. (re: Frederik Pohl)

High Fidelity Produces More Expressive Avatars!
'They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other...'- Neal Stephenson, 1992. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Physicists Build Repulsor / Tractor Beam
'Brandon swung mighty tractor beams upon the severed halves of the Jovian vessel...'- EE 'Doc' Smith, 1931. (re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith)

Will You Upload Your Mind Anytime Soon?
And if so, how long will the copy last? (re: Richard Morgan)

Students! NASA Wants To 3D Print Your Tool Design In Space!
'Mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1979 (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Amazing ARES Augmented Reality Sandbox
'First he showed him where the input and output of his brand-new kingdom were, and how to program wars...'- Stanislaw Lem, 1965. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

'3D Light Sculpture' Projected Directly Onto Retina
'...projects directly on the retina of the eye…'- Kornbluth and Pohl, 1952 (re: Pohl and Kornbluth)

3D Printer Vending Machine Dispenses Dreams
'Nanofax AG offers a technology that digitally reproduces objects, physically, at a distance.'- William Gibson, 1999. (re: William Gibson)

Why Not Nurse Grandma With A Robot?
'She's made of a combination of springs, levers, acoustic instruments...'- David Keller, 1928. (re: David Keller)

Flock Of Minisats Will Image The Earth
'We... dropped roughly a thousand eyes on Beta Hydri IV.'- Robert Silverberg, 1969. (re: Robert Silverberg)

Should Robots Have Civil Rights?
'I've seen things... you people wouldn't believe...'- Blade Runner. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Robert Heinlein, Your Self-Driving Car Is Almost Ready!
'Mary Risling settled back for a little nap...'-= Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

The Manned Maneuvering Unit Story
'Little spurts of red-orange flame from the reaction pistol marked his companion's trail...'- Gordon A. Giles, 1937. (re: Gordon A. Giles)

Scheherazade, An Open Story Generator
'How can you compete with an IBM heavy-duty logomatic analogue?'- JG Ballard, 1971. (re: JG Ballard)

Sample The In Vitro Meat Cookbook
'I grabbed two Syntho-Steaks out of the freezer...'- Robert Heinlein, 1950. (re: Robert Heinlein)

'Diamond Nanothreads' Now, Someday Space Elevators?
'It is a continuous pseudo-one dimensional diamond crystal'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (re: Arthur C Clarke)

Erased Memories In A Flash Of Light
'Someone, probably at a government military-sciences lab, erased his conscious memories...'- Philip K. Dick, 1966. (re: Philip K. Dick)

'Artificial Spleen' Cleans The Blood
'The workability of wholly mechanical organs... '- Philip K. Dick, 1964. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Raffia, The Google Streetview Camel
The old and the new, together. (re: George Lucas)

It's Boonta Eve! You Can Podrace With Drones
Pretty amazing event from France. (re: George Lucas)

Leia Display System - Our Only Hope?
'Lilo and Vaffa moved through a maze of floating advertisements of ghostsmoke and holomist...'- John Varley, 1977. (re: John Varley)

A Bloody Rare Vegan Burger
An Impossible Food, indeed. (re: Various)

Bigelow's Inflatable BEAM Module Ready For ISS In 2015
'The bubble had inflatable seats and an inflatable table...'- Larry Niven, 1994. (re: Larry Niven)

Toshiba's Lifelike Communication Android
Philip K. Dick offered a glimpse into this future in 1968. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Bullied UK Student Uses Sunglass Video For Case
'Watching, all the time watching... goggle-eye geeks...'- David Brin, 1990. (re: David Brin)

Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitats Sleeping Your Way To Mars!
'Somnolents require about one per cent the living room needed by active, functioning humans...'- Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Microsoft RoomAlive - Your Basement Is The Game
'Enoch walked over to a panel ... and thumbed a tumbler, then stepped quickly out into the center of the room... '- Clifford Simak, 1963. (re: Clifford Simak)

Blahtherapy - You Vent Anonymously To Strangers
'It's a service. Imposing no penances, it's kinder than the confessional.'- John Brunner, 1975. (re: John Brunner)

Most Advanced Robotic Hand?
'Hands I could order from the atomics-engineering equipment companies...'- Robert Heinlein, 1956. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Tesla 90 Percent Autonomous Car By 2015 - Elon Musk
'It cut her out of the stream of vehicles and reduced the speed of her car...'- Robert Heinlein, 1941 (re: Robert Heinlein)

Should You Put Your Virtual Assistants In Your Will?
'The most important was the design of the Personal Interest Profile.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (re: Artificial Intelligence)

PrintAlive Bioprinter 3D Printed Skin Grafts Video
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-deem...'- Philip K. Dick, 1960. (re: Philip K. Dick)

New Video Of Arducorder Mini Open Source Science Tricorder
Perfect for exploring our planet. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

E-Delicious Machine A Food-Tasting Robot
'Why the nuisance of bringing food to the mouth to taste?'- Anthony Boucher, 1943. (re: Anthony Boucher)

Nexus 6 Phone Vs. Nexus-6 Android Comparison
'Ten million possible combinations of cerebral activity'- Philip K. Dick, 1968. (Includes a preview of Nexus-7!) (re: Philip K. Dick)

Robot Handwriting Via App Better Than Yours
Don't get caught with fake handwriting. Use the best robot handwriting. (re: Isaac Asimov)

MIT's Latest Biosuit For Fashionable Astronauts
'You'd need a space suit to make any kind of a successful trip outdoors.'- Manly Wade Wellman, 1947. (re: Randall P. Serviss)

Diamond Nanothreads For Space Elevators?
'Continuous pseudo-one dimensional diamond crystal.'- Arthur C. Clarke. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

3D Printing With Moon Regolith Simulant (Moon Dust)
Don't forget, it costs about 5k dollars to lift one pound up from Earth. A penny saved is a penny earned. (re: John W. Campbell)

Liquid Metal Technology Now Exists
'A mimetic poly-alloy.' John Cameron, 1991. (re: John Cameron)

Sense.ly Virtual Nurse Will See You Soon
The virtual nurse is IN. (re: Larry Niven)

China's Crab Walker Robot Tank In Firing Mode
'The mechanism was to consist of eighteen segments, each equiped with a pair of legs...'- Jack Vance, 1964. (re: Jack Vance)

'Hello, Computer!' Intel's Core M Catches Up To Scotty
Scotty's impulse to talk was right, it seems. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Visual Speech Recognition - When Will HAL Read Lips For Real?
Will computers be able to read lips? (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

MIT's Robotic Cheetah Runs Free - And Frolics In The Grass
THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail- William Gibson, 1986. (re: William Gibson)

Flying Robot Has An Arm
Drones with arms. Well, one arm. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Strati 3D Printed Car
'You rode in it - you know how good it is.'- Philip K. Dick, 1956. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Tracking Spinning Space Junk
'Loose nuts and bolts... had been accumulating in Earth orbit'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Baidu Kuaisou Dune Poison Snooper Chopsticks
'Unobtrusive inspections with... snoopers... Will it be chaumas - poison in the food?'- Frank Herbert, 1965. (re: Frank Herbert)

Crystalized Light Created At Princeton
'It will be matter, matter made of light...'- John W. Campbell, 1930. (re: John W. Campbell)

The Amazing Gravity-Assisted Journey Of Rosetta
'...We used the [moon's] attraction to give us additional starting speed'- Ray Cummings, 1930. (re: Ray Cummings)

AirDog Auto-Follow Drone Captures Your Awesomeness
'Tight mid-shot and pull out on but behind me...' -Karen Traviss, 2004. (re: Karen Traviss)

Dell's Venue 8 7000 Tablet With RealSense Depth-Mapping
Focus on any part of a picture later. (re: Ridley Scott)

Google's Cartographer Backpack For Indoor Mapping
'He reached to unsnap the cartograph from his belt.'- Jack Williamson, 1931. (re: Jack Williamson)

T-Mobile Sues Huawei Over Button Pushing Robot Idea From The 1930's
'Not the slightest change in their working betrayed the fact that they were now being directed by a machine instead of human beings.'- Schachner and Zagat, 1931. (re: Schachner and Zagat)

Hayabusa-2 Asteroid Cannon Strategy From 1950's SF Novel
'Fire streaked in a thin line from the muzzle of a cannon-like tube...'- EC Tubb, 1958. (re: EC Tubb)

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Cleaner
'It vacuum-cleaned... or polished, consulting tapes in its idiot memory to decide which.'- Robert Heinlein, 1956. (re: Robert Heinlein)

First 3D Printer In Space?
'It can be mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Google's Project Wing Will Find You
'Mechanical entities that flit at the edges of our vision, that can go anywhere, that are in our very midst...' - Philip K. Dick, 1960. (re: Philip K. Dick)

3D Printed Space Pizza For Astronauts
Put those butcher knives aside, and let me save that meal! (re: Various)

World's First Rapid 3D Nanoscale Printer
'Down, to the limit imposed by the ultimate indivisibility of the atoms themselves...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1937. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt
'It can feel your heartbeat...'- Rudy Rucker, 1988. (re: Rudy Rucker)

Smartphone Holographic Displays In 2015
If Sith Lords can have one... So can you! (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Touch Typing Taught Haptically DIY-style
'He then started hand movements of definite pattern...' (re: Robert Heinlein)

New Material Is One Molecule Thick
'Hasan always pitched a Gauzy - a one-molecule-layer tent...'- Roger Zelazny, 1966. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Robot Swarm Obeys Commands
'What is the nature of this cloud? What is your opinion?'- Stanislaw Lem, 1954. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

AliveCor App Detects Heart Arrhythmias, Has FDA Approval
Works on humans and puppeteers. (re: Larry Niven)

Laws Of Robotics Rewritten for Health Care
A lot has happened in health care robotics since 1942. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Origami Robot Finally Self-Assembles, Walks On Its Own
Now shipping flat, but better than Ikea, because self-assembling. (re: Various)

A.L.O. Robot Butler Serves You At Aloft Hotel
'Her idea of what a butler-valet combo should look like...'- William Tenn, 1951. (re: William Tenn)

Mometum Machines Burgerbot
'One of these gorgeous eating places where we were served entirely by mechanical apparatus...'- Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1912. (re: Edgar Rice Burroughs)

Google Lobbies For Autonomous Motorcycles
'He had never ridden any motorized device that lacked onboard steering and balance systems.'- Bruce Sterling, 1988. (re: Bruce Sterling)

No Cages In Future Zoos Is Zootopia?
'The park... twisted through specimens from every inhabited planet of the known universe.' (re: Frank Herbert)

Navdy HeadUp Display (HUD) For Your Car
'All displays are thrown on a mirror in front of you...'- Robert Heinlein, 1959. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Computer 'Aesop' Writes Fables With A Moral
'I handed Tony the master tape and he played it into the IBM'- JG Ballard, 1971. (re: JG Ballard)

Artificial Wombs - Ectogenesis Technology - Is On The Way
'Magnificent, aren't they? (Lama Su, in Star Wars II) (re: Aldous Huxley)

Robotic Exoskeleton For Shipyard Workers
'Earth's scientists solved the problem... devising rigid metallic clothing not unlike armor...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1932. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Timeful Appointment App Learns, Optimizes Your Routines
'The [Daily Schedule program] suited its tone to his movements and the combined analysis of his psychophysical condition.'- Frank Herbert, 1977. (re: Frank Herbert)

3D Printing Your Science-Fictional Metals
I love science-fictional materials! (re: Various)

Bespoke Clothing In 30 Minutes
'He sat himself down in a sales cubicle and dialed the code number for kilts.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Low Cost Spray-On Solar Cells
'It turns sunlight into electricity... you spray it on.'- Larry Niven, 1995. (re: Larry Niven)

Survival Seed Vault Low Cost Life Bank
'They existed in the Life Bank, as did virtually every plant...'- John Varley, 1977. (re: John Varley)

PoseiDrone Tentacled Undersea Robot Like HG Wells'
'Its motion was so swift, complex, and perfect that at first I did not see it as a machine...'- HG Wells, 1898. (re: HG Wells)

Bionic Hand Provides 'Lifelike' Sensations, Like Luke Skywalker's
A fictional scene becomes reality in just thirty-five years. (re: George Lucas)

Man-Made Space Leaf Creates Oxygen From Water And Light
'What better purifying machine is there than... grass?'- George O. Smith, 1942. (re: George O. Smith)

Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again
Robots that learn to walk again are now on the march. (re: Various)

World's First Android Newscaster (Video)
'The autonomic TV interviewer, camera in its hand, blocked his path.'- Philip K. Dick, 1965. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Japan Invites Robot Athletes To Gather For 2020 Olympics
It's time we started to get rid of that distinction between metal and flesh, and IC and neuron, don't you think? (re: Various)

CV Dazzle Anti-Surveillance Make-Up
'Let's hear it for the vague blur!'- Philip K. Dick, 1977. (re: Philip K Dick)

LG Display's 18 Inch Flexible OLED Panel Is Awesomely Cool
'...a wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling color.'- EC Tubb, 1958. (re: EC Tubb)

Tiniest Microphone Inspired By Fly
'Transmitting to its manipulator, far away now, all that it heard through its ear microphones...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1936. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

NASA's Highway In The Sky For Drones
Jeff Bezos may find that there are rules to drones. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Palcohol Powdered Alcohol - Try Or Ban?
'I had a small can of powdered alcohol disguised as tooth powder...' - Harry Harrison, 1970. (re: Harry Harrison)

pd.id Personal Drink ID Device Like Dune 'Poison Snooper'
'The jeweled hands clutching drinks (and the unobtrusive inspections with tiny remote-cast snoopers)...'- Frank Herbert, 1965. (re: Frank Herbert)

Monsieur Bartending Robot
'He poured the liquids into his maw...'- Anthony Boucher, 1943. (re: Anthony Boucher)

Cities Detect Gunfire Acoustics With ShotSpotter
'Sound trackers on the roof...'- Greg Bear, 2007. (re: Greg Bear)

Cruise Automation's 'Highway Autopilot' For $10K
'It cut her out of the stream of vehicles and reduced the speed of her car...'- Robert Heinlein, 1941 (re: Robert Heinlein)

Pengheng Space Capsule Hotel Staffed Entirely By Robots
'A planet-wide chain of hotels that specialized in non-human service.'- Harry Harrison, 1970. (re: Harry Harrison)

Electric Bacteria That Live On Pure Energy
'April 5, 1977; that was the night the waveries came.'- Frederic Brown, 1945. (re: Frederic Brown)

EXACTO Smart Bullet From DARPA
Nicely visualized in what 1984 movie? (re: Michael Crichton)

Neural Implant To Treat Memory Loss
'You've got remote storage. How regular is the update?'- Richard Morgan, 2003. (re: Richard Morgan)

MIT's Shape-Shifting Robot Materials
The T-100, an advanced prototype, is made of liquid metal. Not quite ready. (re: Various)

LS3 AlphaDog Robot Marine Corps Video
'He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs, so necessary since roads had degenerated...'- Anthony Boucher, 1951. (re: Anthony Boucher)

Vantablack Is Blacker Than Your Black
'Well, we have a black coating now that’s ninety-nine percent absorptive...'- Dpc Smith, 1934. (re: Doc Smith)

Remotely Operated Gardening Rover - Student's Space Agricultural Robot
'There were things growing all over the place, not just in some domed enclosures blasted some millions of miles out in to space.' (re: Various)

Revisiting A Cloud City On Venus
I've been looking forward to something like this since 1980. (re: Geoffrey Landis)

'Windowless Cockpit' Like Star Trek's Patent Applied For
Wait - you thought Sulu had a window? (re: Gene Roddenberry)

'No Man's Sky' - The Matrix Is Almost Ready
Ready for an adventure, Neo? (re: Various)

The Claustrum - The Brain's On Off Switch?
'All I have to do is move this switch and he'll recover consciousness...'- John Brunner, 1976. (re: John Brunner)

Haptic Gloves Teach Braille Without Effort
'Jenkins bit his lip... [at] the sensation of having his fingers manipulated by the gauntlets he wore.'- Robert Heinlein, 1942. (re: Robert Heinlein)

India's Commuters Face Philip K Dick's 'Sales Pitch' Future
'All around him the vague half-defined echoes of ads glittered and gibbered...'- Philip K. Dick, 1954. (re: Philip K Dick)

Harvard's Robobee Has Insect-Inspired Eyes
'It studied its surroundings... and saw with its minute vision tubes.'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1936. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Robots Implore Humans For Help Online
'Whenever a robot finds something it can't identify straight off... it puts whatever it is in the hopper outside your window.'- Harry Harrison, 1956. (re: Harry Harrison)

Ladybird Agricultural Robot Is Solar-Powered
'A robot gardener worked over the same patch of grass again and again...'- Philip K Dick, 1955. (re: Philip K Dick)

Beating Mini-Heart Grown In Lab
'Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs...'- Philip K. Dick, 1969. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Robot Journalists Join Associated Press
'The very news-gathering services of the homeopape had reached into his own life...'- Philip K. Dick, 1963. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Candidate Claims His Opponent Is A Robot Body Double
'A transmitter would place my voice upon those sculptured lips.' - Manly Wade Wellman, 1938. (re: Manly Wade Wellman)

Ray, Your Parking Robot
'[Mary] claimed her car from the robopark...'- Robert Heinein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Time For Bradbury's 'Smart Home'?
'This house which clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them...' - Ray Bradbury, 1951. (re: Ray Bradbury)

Google's Project Tango VR Tablet Pictures Your 3D World
'Surely most were virtual, but the blending was perfection.' - Vernor Vinge, 2006. (re: Vernor Vinge)

myCopter Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV)
Not quite as freewheeling as the sfnal version, but it might work. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Wristify, Your Personal Cooling and Heating Device
'By law [a mandatory cooling unit] had to be strapped to every commuter's back...'- Philip K. Dick (re: Philip K. Dick)

Spam Autonomous Cars And Philip K. Dick
'The news vending machine, being homotropic, headed toward them...'- Philip K. Dick, 1963. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Tesla's Elon Musk Has Some Concerns About AI
'A potentially dangerous outcome... like Terminator.' (re: Various)

Greenhouse Plugin Reveals Your Congressman's Money Sources
'Fuller details may be obtained by punching the code number...'- John Brunner, 1975 (re: John Brunner)

Toyota's Camatte Has William Gibson's Digital Hood
'That's a nice car out there," Rydell said...'- William Gibson, 1993. (re: William Gibson)

Oculus Rift Combats Battlefield Trauma
Virtual reality could soften the blow of real reality. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Are Human Settlements On Asteroids Possible?
'Here on Vesta... the interior of this five-acre greenhouse was the one most desirable place to be.'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1953. (re: Raymond Z Gallun)

Google Offers Future Prediction In The Cloud
'Beyond the machinery sat the three precogs, almost lost to view in the maze of wiring...'- Philip K. Dick, 1956. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Robots Converse, But Should They Count In A Minyan?
'This is the morning everyone has waited for, when at last the robot cardinal is to be elected Pope...'- Robert Silverberg, 1971. (re: Robert Silverberg)

NASA's Warp Speed Starship Design
'As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies...'- John W. Campbell (re: John W. Campbell)

x.pose 3D Printed Corset Has Data Transparency
'I'll put on my new plastirobe, the one I've never had nerve enough to wear.'- Philip K. Dick, 1954 (re: Philip K. Dick)

Vertical Farms Have Advantages
'Like the office In-and-Out baskets stacked up to the sky...'- Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952. (re: Pohl and Kornbluth)

Ostendo Quantum Photonic Imager Hologram Projector
'Instantly there appeared standing upon the disk, the image of a man...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1928. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Robot Lamp Assembles Itself (Via 3D Printer)
'You see, the Sheen Robots assemble themselves...'- James Schmitz, 1966. (re: James Schmitz)

Pinwheel Battery-Powered Unicycle Is Segway In Your Price Range
'A tumblebug does not give a man dignity...'- Robert Heinlein, 1941 (re: Robert Heinlein)

Shatterproof Phone Screens Coming Soon
'It was like the pounding of a rock...'-Clifford Simak, 1963. (re: Clifford Simak)

NASA Harvests Lettuce On ISS
First we test, then we taste. (re: Gregory Benford)

Cortana, Your Personal Assistant
'If I were you, Man Forrester, which is to say, if I were human...'- Frederik Pohl, 1965. (re: Frekerik Pohl)

Pepper, Your Robot Companion
'She's - she's not like a machine. She's like a person. A living person.'- Philip K. Dick, 1955. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Secret Service Wants Sarcasm-Detection Software
There must be some website able to help them. (re: Matt Groening)

ForceShoes, NASA's Exercise Sandals For Astronauts
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses.'- Murray Leinster, 1953. (re: Murray Leinster)

Google Developing 'KITT' Functionality For Android?
Ah, but when will they develop the 'Hasselhoff' functionality? (re: Various)

Brainflight Brain-Controlled Airplane
Mr Gant, you must think in Russian. Can you do that? (re: Various)

Is The OutRunner Robot Like Smartwheels?
'Each spoke telescopes into five sections.'- Neal Stephenson, 1992. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Skype's Translator Like Gernsback's Language Rectifier
'He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier on his instrument till the pointer rested on French.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1911. (re: Hugo Gernsback)

3D Printed Food Served In German Nursing Homes
'The food slot gave him flat reddish-brown bricks.'- Larry Niven, 1970. (re: Larry Niven)

Self-Healing Plastic Fixes Even Big Holes
'The room had been strained and healed faultily....'- JG Ballard, 1962. (re: JG Ballard)

Google Autonomous Electric Car Prototype Unveiled
'She gestured him ahead of her, toward a bubble-car...'- Larry Niven, 1976. (re: Larry Niven)

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