Hosts: Marc Cabot, Joel Richard, and Richard Gray
Joel, Marc, and Richard explore some of the predictions made from our favourite science fiction movies, writers, and thinkers of the past. We touch on the Internet, Plasma Blades, Warm Jackets, Tablets, Teleporters, and more.
The introduction in this episode was only loosely scripted, most of it was ad-libbed in the studio. We had a little too much fun with it and went on for a full 10 minutes, so it had to be cut down considerably. This wasn’t easy considering most of the lines overlap.
Epic Words of Wisdom
“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”
– Arthur C. Clark
- Arthur C. Clark (Wikipedia Entry)
Correction: Marc mentioned that this was recorded in 63, it was actually recorded in 1964.
- Remote Surgery
I couldn’t find the clip that was spoken about in the episode, but here is a similar one.
- The Plasma Blade
Warning: The following youtube clip is a bit graphic.
Here’s an interesting video with Michio Kaku on the subject. Clearly the information we had on hand was a bit dated.
- Tablets (And Smart Phones)
Here’s a short clip from Star Trek: DS9. The data pads are used all the time in Star Trek, but this is one of the few times in which one of these pads is being used very similarly to a modern day tablet. Note the gesture interface. This could very easily be an app on Google Play or the IPad.
I’m not sure, but I think this is what Joel was thinking about:
- Star Trek Replicators
- The Holo-Deck
Here’s an article on how the holo deck worked.
Here’s an article on the Moriarty character on Star Trek.
It mentions that, “La Forge decided to let the computer create an opponent for Data, and told it to create an adversary with the ability to defeat Data. “
- The ISS (International Space Station)
A good documentary here:
- Buzz Aldrin
I would have done the same..
- Did we really walk on the moon?
The myth busters debunk ALL the arguments that it was a hoax..
- Back to the Future: Drying jacket
Also, here’s the Milwaukee jacket I was talking about.
- Back to the Future: Self-lacing shoes.
MSNBC Reports that Nike has filed patent for these things… Might not be far off.
An article on the auction we were talking about.
And here’s the prototype self lacing shoes I found. The guy who made it has a website here.
- Quantum Lock Devices.
I did an entire article on this that can be found here.
- Video Chat, Flat Screens
I won’t include any links.. Most people know what these are..
- Flexible Screens
Sony’s Flexible OLED screen:
Here’s an emerging holographic technology that looks pretty similar to the stuff we saw in Star Wars