75% of Japanese homes have a hi-tech toilet and the latest models eliminate the need for TP, keep you warm, check your blood pressure, play running-water sounds to increase privacy and open and close automatically so you don’t have to touch anything.
Engineers have already managed to design a machine that can make a better version of itself. In a simple test, they couldn’t even understand how the final iteration worked.
Stingrays, or fake cell towers are used by law enforcement to trick cell phones into giving GPS and identifying info. When used to track a suspect, it also gathers information of all cellphones nearby.
There’s a way to highly exaggerate microscopic vibrations on surfaces from any video, allowing you to see things like blood pulses in the face, sound affects on glass and even recreate the sounds that caused the vibrations.
Philip K. Dick, the author of the science fiction novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, published in 1968, said “There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.” His novel was adapted into the 1982 film “Blade Runner”.
The first computer mouse was invented and developed by Dougles Englebart during the 60′ and was patented on November 17, 1970. It was made of wood. Doug Englebart’s work, specifically a video from 1968 called “The Mother of all Demos” showcases video conferencing, networked computing, word processing, hypertext, remote screen sharing and collaborative document editing.
The Museum of Endangered Sounds exists to allow streaming of once popular technological sounds. ie. the dial-up tone, ICQ chat tone, Windows 95 startup.
It took early “humans” 110,000 generations of using stone tools before controlling fire, another 20,000 generations until written language was invented, and only another 250 generations until we put a man on the moon. In 2 or 3 generations, humans went from barely having electricity, to having the Internet. And in a single generation went from slow mainframe computers to the incredible smart phones of today.
The DIY efforts of a small number of wannabe cyborgs have allowed them to hear sound, see ultraviolet light and echolocate like a bat.
A supercomputer took 40 minutes to model one second of brain activity! The most accurate simulation of the human brain ever has been carried out, but a single second’s worth of activity took one of the world’s largest supercomputers 40 minutes to calculate.
There are special bins in Mexico City where when you put your dog poo in it, you get free WiFi. The more poo, the longer the free WiFi.
There’s a computer marketed to the Amish. It has no Internet, no video, no music.
In 1851 when the refrigerated ice machine was patented, the large ice-importing industry ran a smear campaign against the technology, calling it immoral.
All GPS units sold in the civilian market have to be programmed to deactivate themselves if they detect they are traveling faster than 1200 MPH or are above 60,000 feet in altitude to prevent them being used in intercontinental ballistic missiles.
There’s a proposal to build an underground park within an old station in New York, lit by daylight transported by fiber optic cables to allow trees and grass to grow.