…where Stephen chooses ten of his recent tweets and writes further.
- billprady: The “Shelbot” was supplied by the good people at Willow Garage and was a working, practical device.
And it was used to great comedic effect in the same Big Bang Theory episode where “The Singularity Goes Prime Time.”
I loved how a hilariously non-plussed Steve Wozniak comments “Hey, nice telepresence device.”
- io9: Photos of an elephant dressing up as the bantha from Star Wars:
This completely beats CGI. More pictures at the link.
- engineer4change: Brilliant: MIT’s H-Lab is developing small robotic planes to deliver blood samples from rural clinics to labs – cheaper, faster.
This is one way to do it. Giving us a Dr. McCoy Medical Tricorder so that the lab can be taken into the field is another route.
- TEDTalks about Technology for the Senses. Example: eyeglasses that can quickly and cheaply match any prescription.
“When the Yogurt Took Over” a short story from @scalzi.
- futureaware: Fujitu begins shipping computing units for a 10 petaflop supercomputer that will start running in 2012
The future marches on, even in the midst of this recession.
- futureaware: After 31 Years Goodbye to BIOS and Hello to Faster Booting Computers in 2011 with UEFI
Great tech for its time, but good riddance.
- PopMech: Future of #EV: Drivers will be able to buy what they want – not a 3-wheeler, not a golf cart: A car – Aliza Peleg, VP of Better Place
Or most of us won’t buy them. At least not until gas gets a lot more expensive. Advances in battery technology will control.
That, and the existence of enough bleeding edge EV guys to pay for the battery advances.
- ‘An early adopter is someone who pays too much for something that doesn’t work’ – Lisa Gansky.
But the rest of the world benefits from these spoiled, impatient heroes. Their unwillingness to wait for the cheaper, perfected later version pays much of the R&D for drugs, gadgets, and other innovations that make all our lives better.
- tobiasbuckell: Osmos is a very soothing, peaceful game for the iPhone.
He convinced me to risk $.99. Great game.