Speaking of consumer items, WaPo went to the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 and considered, "Are we in an innovation lull?" Their take:
In some ways, the answer is yes. For years, smartphones, televisions, tablets, laptops and desktops have made up a huge part of the market and driven innovation. But now these segments are looking at slower growth curves -- or shrinking markets in some cases -- as consumers aren't as eager to spend money on new gadgets.
Meanwhile, emerging technologies -- the drones, 3D printers and smart-home devices of the world -- now seem a bit too old to be called "the next big thing."
Basically the tech industry seems to be in an awkward period now.
But if this finding disappointed you, don't exclusively blame the tech companies. The case can be made that consumers are experiencing something of an enthusiasm gap re new toys.
One emergent technology I'll point out (courtesy of PC World) is that "LG’s futuristic screens are rollable, transparent, and unbelievably thin." As my near-future novels have featured large, foldable (down to shirt-pocket size), paper-like PCs -- I call 'em datasheets -- I'm glad to see the industry catching up.
Veil of secrecy lifted on Pentagon office planning ‘Avatar’ fighters and drone swarms."
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While we're on the topic of archeology, the media were recently agog that a teen had discovered a lost Mayan city by using satellite imagery. While such imagery is a valuable tool, the coverage was overblown. WaPo looks into this in "Did a teen discover a lost Maya city? Not exactly."
And that, I declare, is enough eclectic stuff for one post.