|No mere fashion statement|
In Small Miracles, I put computer-interface eyeglasses on the main character. Those glasses tracked where Brent was looking -- within the software-displayed image projected by the lenses -- by monitoring IR beams reflecting off the back of the eye. Input was entered via (trained) blinks made looking at menu items and virtual-keyboard keys. All any friend, relative, or colleague saw was his mirrored lenses. Eerily silent and quite antisocial -- but that was the point. Brent was no longer himself, exactly, and I wanted to show him losing touch with humanity.
That people may really go around online like this? I find that scary! And that Android will be the underlying software is all too ironic.
In Fools' Experiments, I forecast Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (aka WiMax) as the broadband wireless technology that would prevail. Well, WiMax did get deployed: by Sprint and its partner/provider Clearwire -- but even they now plan to migrate for 4G broadband to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. A minor authorial misstep, to be sure, and not a detail that affects the plot in any way ...
Still, I like to get even the small details right. But as I chide myself for mispredicting which 4G service would win in the marketplace, I find a silver lining. Unlike certain telecom companies, I haven't wasted billions betting on the wrong (as it were) horse. It's not only Sprint and Clearwire. Start-up venture Lightsquared with its new technology also looks to be a loser, as "F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan."
Lightsquared's system, it turns out, would have interfered with untold numbers of GPS receivers. Tsk. To be fair, that's the fault of the receiver manufacturers. Lightsquared planned to use RF spectrum near frequencies at which GPS satellites broadcast. Many GPS receivers -- and not merely consumer models -- fail to receive only within the designated GPS band. And it's kind of late for the FCC to impose limits on receivers.
|Global Hawk drone|
We now segue to happier thoughts ...
This being a blog of science and science fiction,what better place to report on"What Science Fiction Books Does A Futurist Read?" The list in that link is courtesy of Brian David Johnson, a futurist (what a cool job title!) for Intel. I've read all but one of Johnson's picks, as it happens, and I would recommend all of those.
The future goes on for a long time .... In peering ahead one must have priorities. So it's good to know that "Men Aren’t Going Extinct, Study of Shrinking Y Chromosome Finds."
That's one prediction I can get behind :-)