Day 93

5.03: OK, who’d like a mind-reading Japanese robo-butler?

Only ten years ’til we’ll all have one apparently. Brilliantly, the Japanese government is helping develop them through a public-private-partnership. Your married-couples’ holiday voucher looks pretty wimpy now, doesn’t it David Cameron. Bow down, Tory boy, before my telepathic cyber slave of the future.

More worryingly the US army has also invested in “thought-helmet” technology, although, in a really cheap joke, prototype experiments got off to a slow start when George Bush volunteered as an early trialist.

Computery predictions are always wrong, aren’t they? But sometimes technology one are insanely accurate. Check out this guy waxing futuristic in a 1909 edition of Popular Mechanics.

It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument not bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles. One may listen or transmit speech or song to the uttermost parts of the world.

But I reckon he cheated. The plot of Back to the Future 2, has never seemed so real.

6.53: Concentration problems this morning, but it’s still reading quite well. The main thing I have learned today is that there are not enough beards in my story. This will be rectified.

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~ by David Thorley on May 13, 2010.

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