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Old January 20 2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=54445

Well in many cases it is surpassing, or will surpass it, and at some point in a few decades, will likely be synonymous. We've gone way beyond flying cars in most areas.

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Old January 20 2014, 11:44 PM   #2
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

You do know what is "science fiction" is a sliding scale? Compared to previous generations the current generation is always "caught up".
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Old January 21 2014, 01:22 AM   #3
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

It only remains science "fiction" if it's fictional. If it ever becomes synonymous with the real world, it ceases to be s.f. All that happens is that someone moves the goalposts by writing more s.f.

Not to say the items in that article are negligible claims — far from it. But making it sound like some breakthrough is about to be made between imagination and reality, or that we're on the verge of the Singularity, or some such thing, ignores all the times it's happened before.

That article could have been written 100 years ago, crowing about how reality was catching up to the predictions of Jules Verne. And it would have been right.
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Old January 21 2014, 01:51 AM   #4
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

I haven't read it yet, but I've heard a lot about Kurzweil's book. It's on my list.
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Old January 21 2014, 07:56 PM   #5
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

Science fiction is a sliding scale affair. Also science fiction isn't about forecasting but imagining "what if?" Being accuractely predictive is mostly just a happy coincidence
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Old January 22 2014, 12:17 AM   #6
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

It has already happened. Computers, cell phones, smartphones, automatic opening doors (which killed courtesy), even space travel were all science fiction.
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Old January 22 2014, 12:53 AM   #7
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

- Antigravity
- Terraforming
- Quantum computers
- Zero point energy
- Copied and downloaded consciousness
- Nanobots
- Nanodocs
- Nano-biology
- Forcefields
- Star travel (as opposed to very limited intrasolar travel)
- Self aware Androids
- Fusion energy
- Human hibernation
- Robot or synthetic (bio-engineered) bodies for transplanted minds.
- Genuinely self-aware A.I.
- Mining asteroids and other solar planets and satellites.
- Extraterrestial life

Those are but a few SF concepts that haven't happened yet.
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Old January 22 2014, 01:19 AM   #8
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

You need to scratch out Quantum computers.
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Old January 24 2014, 08:27 PM   #9
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

Big screen TV's, check. Black President, check. Space Station, check. As Gibson said; "The future is here, it just isn't evenly distributed yet."
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Old January 28 2014, 11:39 AM   #10
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

Also:

Space drive:
http://www.fastcompany.com/1837966/m...sics-invention

Nanotechnology:
http://www.geek.com/geek-cetera/17-y...ticle-1447819/

I'd like your thoughts on these. I'm SO behind in my science reading you'll just have to do a "explain like I'm 5" thing. But I would liek to add: THIS is why education is important. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but tell everyone you know, who says it's a waste of time, or that "young people aren't doing much these days".
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Old January 28 2014, 12:03 PM   #11
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

Warped9 wrote: View Post
- Antigravity
- Terraforming
- Quantum computers
- Zero point energy
- Copied and downloaded consciousness
- Nanobots
- Nanodocs
- Nano-biology
- Forcefields
- Star travel (as opposed to very limited intrasolar travel)
- Self aware Androids
- Fusion energy
- Human hibernation
- Robot or synthetic (bio-engineered) bodies for transplanted minds.
- Genuinely self-aware A.I.
- Mining asteroids and other solar planets and satellites.
- Extraterrestial life

Those are but a few SF concepts that haven't happened yet.
I would also scratch Extraterrestial life as well,after all we can't prove or disprove that it has happened, and given the vastness of the universe isn't it more likely somewhere out there in the universe there is other life?
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Old January 28 2014, 04:53 PM   #12
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

Australis wrote: View Post
See
EM drive


oogy boogy science.
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Old January 28 2014, 05:24 PM   #13
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

MacLeod wrote: View Post
Warped9 wrote: View Post
- Antigravity
- Terraforming
- Quantum computers
- Zero point energy
- Copied and downloaded consciousness
- Nanobots
- Nanodocs
- Nano-biology
- Forcefields
- Star travel (as opposed to very limited intrasolar travel)
- Self aware Androids
- Fusion energy
- Human hibernation
- Robot or synthetic (bio-engineered) bodies for transplanted minds.
- Genuinely self-aware A.I.
- Mining asteroids and other solar planets and satellites.
- Extraterrestial life

Those are but a few SF concepts that haven't happened yet.
I would also scratch Extraterrestial life as well,after all we can't prove or disprove that it has happened, and given the vastness of the universe isn't it more likely somewhere out there in the universe there is other life?
Here's the thing. When people say "extraterrestrial life" the connotation is usually meant to imply intelligent alien life. But the fact is any life, even microbial, found beyond the Earth would in fact be extraterrestrial life. And that is the first bit of solid evidence that might yet be found within our own solar system. If organisms are found elsewhere in the solar system then it establishes life can originate and exist beyond our planet. And if it can happen in this system the probability is it can happen elsewhere in the galaxy or even the universe.

Intelligence as we understand it (our own) wasn't an inevitable occurence in life evolving on Earth, but it did happen. That with life being able to form elsewhere would support the possibility that alien intelligence isn't impossible given the right conditions---it could and might have indeed happened even if it mightn't be an intelligence we could immediately recognize at first.

For all we know someone else is out there facing the same quandary and asking the same questions we are.
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Old January 28 2014, 11:11 PM   #14
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

Agreed, however when I read Extraterristal life, I took it to mean even microbial life. If people mean Intelligent extraterristial life they should say that.
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Old January 29 2014, 04:08 AM   #15
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Re: 6 signs that reality is catching up with science fiction.

Dude the extraterrestrial debate is over. Aliens have landed on the moon, it's all over the internet.

I wish they would hurry up and exterminate Earth, the wait is killing me
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