> Mysteria Onera - Technology of Dreams
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: Age of the Deltascreen
Description: An all-purpose video screen to fit any occasion or purpose.
Conditions: Contractible, resizable, floatable, bendable, and durable. NFE compliant.
Pseudo 3D Screen, #
Subsumes all the features of the #Flat Screen, but with many other advantages such as:
- It fully contracts - not just folds up like the old one did.
- It's resizable (up to a size of 2000 square Kms), even in use.
- It floats and stays put. Great for those moments where you have nothing to latch the screen onto.
- It bends, folds and generally contorts to any shape.
- It's opaque or translucent to any degree.
- It's not just weatherproof, but shockproof, waterproof, and heatproof.
- It uses an infinitely dense resolution, and manages that at up to infinity frames per second.
But most importantly, it uses no energy (magic!) and supports the illusion of 3D if viewed from roughly straight on! (hologram style). Create immersive wallpaper for your living room, or build amazing theme parks and roller coasters. Want to give your housing estate or local park a facelift? No problemo. The more observant among you will also realise that a Deltascreen could act as a never ending source of light.
State of the art: See #Flat Screen and #Pseudo 3D Screen. The resolution of typical LCD displays comes in at round 72-96 dots per inch. 300dpi or more will be needed for paper quality detail.
Future prediction date: 2200 (Still needs battery, non-floatable, up to 1000 square metres, and 300dpi resolution at a potential 20,000 fps)
Worst case scenario: ---
: Terraformation Of Mars
Description: The complete terraformation of Mars to allow people to live there.
Conditions: Includes free water, and embedded gravity so that half of the planet is under normal 1-G gravity. Also choose 500 people and animals to initially colonize.
Enjoy the experience of 38% percent gravity, and bask in the deep Martian sunsets and atmosphere. But it's not just a romantic luxury for the lucky peeps who get to dwell there. More importantly, the colonization of Mars serves as a safeguard for the future of the human race as well as other creatures. If a demented asteroid has our name on it, or a killer virus is having a bad day, then you'll be thankful you bought this juicy number!
State of the art: The Terraformation of Mars would be a grand quest for humankind, but how long would it take? Is it even possible? Would people want to live there if it was? Mars is very cold, empty and lifeless, but it would be infinitely easier to colonize than something like Pluto or Venus.
Future prediction date: 8500 (without the half gravity of course)
Worst case scenario: People on Mars may evolve into a 'deformed' state under less gravity, and be unable to visit Earth.
: Universal Temperature Controller
Description: A device to change the temperature locally or globally.
Conditions: 50 to 400 K temperatures only. Instantly changes heat up to 100 kilometres away from point source.
Terraformation Of Mars (partially)
Throw out those radiators and fridges - this is the real deal. With this neat device, you can change any specified airspace to a temperature ranging from 50 to 400 Kelvin (-223 to 127 degrees C). To avoid someone carelessly roasting or freezing everyone alive, only a certain range is available nearby human life. The applications are endless. Weather control for instance. Fancy changing wet, cold Britain into the Bahamas? Or perhaps something on a smaller scale, such as reducing the temperature inside your computer to allow for more speed and less noise. Partial #terraformation of other planets in the solar system suddenly becomes plausible, and there's even a chance of the energy being harnessed for free electricity at some point. Finally, many machines or experiments which rely on low temperatures would benefit hugely from the UTC.
State of the art: Could physics allow for this? The closest would be 'microwaving' the atmosphere. I know; doesn't exactly sound safe to me, and it would require tons of energy for larger spaces. Not to mention the fact that you couldn't cool air, only heat it up.
Future prediction date: 14200 (Not instant, but 10000 times faster than thermal heat transfer in air. Spreads heat up to 1 kilometre away from point source)
Worst case scenario: Melting the polar caps or irreversibly upsetting the atmosphere in some way
: Pure Air Forever
Description: An unlimited supply of the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. Plus instant removal tool.
Conditions: Creates or removes up to 10 tonnes of gas per second (supports oxygen, nitrogen, or carbon dioxide). Also able to replace any gas with aforementioned gases.
Just like the #UTC (Universal temperature Controller), you are almost instantly able to add, remove, or replace airspace with oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or a combination of the aforementioned. But don't just use it for combating pollution or atmosphere imbalance (such as the shortage of nitrogen in sub-Saharan Africa); combine it with a #UTC and an #IWS, and you're more than half way able to being able to terraform any (solid) planet under the sun!
State of the art: As well as natural photosynthesis, we can also create oxygen from water by using electrolysis, and we may be able to extract enough nitrogen and carbon dioxide from the ice caps of planets such as Mars. Apparently, lightning can produce nitrogen (compounds), as can special nitrogen-fixing bacteria, though that may take a while to produce in large quantities. Carbon dioxide is easy enough to produce - just burn stuff! (you'll need some oxygen though).
Future prediction date: 5000 (using nanotechnology and energy to convert from one state of matter to another).
Worst case scenario: Too much of either oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide could be problematic.
: 100,000,000x CPU Speed Up
Description: 100,000,000 times the speed of today's processor (07/2005 - around 3Ghz).
Conditions: Would apply to the current technology of the time.
10,000x Processor Speedy Uppy
Where do I begin? Artificial intelligence may well come of age with this kind of speed. Instead of polygons, games would start to use individual 'atoms' as the basic building block of structures. Complex paint and sound editing software such as Photoshop and Cool Edit/GoldWave would enjoy the speed up. As would 3D rendering packages which would use full size ray-traced images for the editing and 'previewing' of images (for example, Toy Story 2 took five hours to render each frame. To render in real-time (60 FPS), you would need a processor that was just over 1,000,000 times faster than what we have today).
State of the art: 3 GHz in 2005. See #10,000x Processor Speedy Uppy
Science too would benefit massively. Examining the entire human genome on a typical modern PC would only require up to 4 days instead of 1,000,000 years. The fast simulation of protein folding would help us to understand and find a cure for Alzheimer's, AIDS, and cancer much more easily. Nanotechnology would get a boost too, as masses of computing power is needed to construct nanotech equivalents of normal size mechanisms such as bolts, screws, valves, wheels, hinges and more complex machinery. In fact many of the distributed computing projects could be solved in minutes. Of course, #there's stuff that even this kind of power can't solve...
Future prediction date: 2045
Worst case scenario: ---
: Anti-sleep Pill
Description: Avoid sleep whenever you want
Death by sleep deprivation
How long can people survive without sleep? Rats last 2 to 3 weeks, but for humans, it's difficult to tell because the world record for sleep deprivation is only 11 days. Sites such as this, this and this cite around 10 days before you die, but this more authoritative looking source cites a period of 9 to 18 months! Perhaps a reconciliation could lie within Wikipedia's article which says that 'microsleep' sessions develop after a while, so you're sleeping without even knowing it. The '10 day' citations could be negating that effect.|
Visit this site for a humorous and semi-scientific look at different types of sleep deprivation.
Conditions: Increases alertness to daytime level around the clock
Instantly gain the other 30% of your life back! Scientists still don't know why we need sleep, but there's no doubting it's a complete waste of time (unless you happen to be proficient at lucid dreaming).
State of the art: Currently, we can't quite avoid sleep completely, but the closest you can get is a drug called 'Modafinil' (1st, 2nd, 3rd reference) - sold under the brand name 'Provigil'. It appears to have the same power of other drugs but without any (major) side effects; you can stay awake for 48 hours at a time, and not feel the overwhelming urge to sleep. Unfortunately, it's not completely free of side effects, and it would seem it can become quite addictive too.
Future prediction date: 2350
Worst case scenario: ---
: Infinitely Powerful Telescope
Description: A high powered telescope stolen from the 31st century to scan the universe
Conditions: Limits to camera quality for small scale, 'close up' details.
Your chance to spy on E.T. - this is one for the cosmologists and explorers amongst us. Peer into the cosmos with perfect clarity and detail at any zoom level you choose! Look for signs of civilization on planets in distant star systems! (Yes, it can zoom in that far). And glimpse the supernova at the far flungs of the universe. With this tool, we would understand more about the shape and nature of the universe than ever before, and of course, find out if we're really alone.
State of the art: Despite its age, the Hubble space telescope is in many ways the best telescope out there. Thanks to the Hubble, we know that black holes exist, how galaxies evolve (to a degree), how stars are born and how they die, plus we have amazing shots of the planets in our solar system. However, a successor to the Hubble - the James Webb Space Telescope (formerly known as Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST)) - will be launched in August 2011 (or will it?), and promises to be 100 to 600 times as sensitive as the Hubble. It will give us a chance to search for planets emitting faint infrared wavelengths - a sign that such planets are capable of supporting life. Instead of stabbing in the dark to look for alien signals, we can home in on promising candidates. As well as the search for alien life, it will also be a great opportunity to study more about the origins and shape of the universe, and further learn how galaxies, stars and planetary systems form and evolve (yes, we don't exactly know). Plus we might find hints to the nature and existence of the mysterious 'dark matter' and 'dark energy'.
A telescope powerful enough to see alien life on other planets is still a long way off, but for now you can enjoy these awesome Hubble pictures.
Future prediction date: 3062
Worst case scenario: ---
: Gravity Blocker
Description: A lightweight material which reduces incoming gravity by 10% for every 100 micrometres of thickness.
Conditions: NFE compliant.
Space Travel For Free (partially)
Here's a fun one. Obvious uses for this include cheaper flying vehicles, cities in the sky, Zero-G fairground rides, and seeing your dog's reaction to floating in mid air. Space travel would immediately become commercially viable as most of the expense is spent in resisting Earth's gravitational pull. The sky's the limit, literally. Just be careful you don't float out into space!
State of the art: We were able to levitate a frog by using molecular diamagnetism, but this a separate counteraction force and not a solution that would enable cars to fly in the sky. What we need to is to control or protect against the very force of gravity itself. A possible solution lies in the infamous anti-gravity experiment by Eugene Podkletnov. Supposedly, an item placed above the device lost 2 percent of its weight. NASA, Boeing, and BAE funded independent research to reproduce the effect, but unfortunately it was met with little or no success.
Future prediction date: 3700
Worst case scenario: Floating entire continents off into space....
: Xeton Microscope
Description: A special fully-featured 'microscope' to see the hidden world up to 1040x larger than usual.
Conditions: Up to 1040x magnification, unlimited depth of field, definable zoom level, enlargement level, rotation degree (hemisphere boundaries), X/Y position, and automatic/manual focus.
Similar to the Attoscope featured in the book 'Oceans Within', the Xeton Microscope is a biologist's and physicist's dream come true. Instead of using different types of microscope to cope with the various magnitudes of magnification, the Xeton Microscope unifies them all into one. At a touch of a button, you are able to zoom or enlarge the picture up to 1040x magnification (that covers the smallest possible size - the Plank length at 10-33cm). If the magnification surpasses the smallest visible wavelength, then other smaller wavelengths, electrons or subatomic particles are fired into the object in an attempt to return visual information. Controls are computer operated and very easy to use.
State of the art: The best we can do so far is the scanning tunneling microscope which can see at the atomic level (around 0.2 nanometres). Who knows what technology may bring in the future.
The ability to see the world at and beyond the nanoscopic level is a must for nano technology, materials and quantum research. But such a versatile microscope would be really useful for biologists too. Expect progress in science to speed up dramatically with this one!
Don't forget to combine this with the ultra-cheap #Photon Camcorder to capture nanoscopic events at incredible frames rates!
Future prediction date: 2900
Worst case scenario: ---
: Omega 3D Holocube
Description: A fully portable energy-less device to project crisp 2D or 3D imagery or sound into thin air.
Conditions: Supports up to 40km3 of 'screen', with a resolution of up to 1 billion voxels per cubed cm, and 1,000 watts/metre2 of sound. Includes special 'obstruction' feature.
Age of the Deltascreen, #
Pseudo 3D Screen, #
As seen in Star Wars! This is the fourth and final one in the series of display technology. A monster of a machine, this beast has it all. As well as being fully portable and durable, the Holocube can project a high quality picture or soundscape from up to 1000 Kms away. There's also a special feature to allow for interaction which works by sensing if there's anything inside the cube's array.
State of the art: We're so far away from being able to anything close to the above. Maybe this is the best we can do so far. The 3D image projection appears in thin air by using a clever rotation method and a mirror. Sounds good, but the quality isn't ideal, the display is not opaque, and of course it's restricted to a small cylindrical area. Plus there's no sound of course.
Similar to the Deltascreen, advantages include being able to change scenery of your hometown or wallpaper. Except this time, it will look convincing, instead of the cheesy 60s sci-fi film style 2D backdrops.
Future prediction date: 4400
Worst case scenario: Distinguishing between what's real and what's illusion could become a problem
: §200 - Photon Camcorder|
: §240 - Sound Wallpaper
: §300 - Century's Information Online
: §350 - Solid-State Disks
: §380 - Free Bandwidth Anywhere
: §400 - Flu and Common Cold Cure
: §400 - Pseudo 3D Screen
: §450 - Death Of Spam
: §500 - Noise Blocker
: §600 - Forever Lightbulb
: §700 - 20,000Mb_Bandwidth
: §720 - Featherweight Laptops
: §850 - Missile Train
: §1,000 - Flat Screen
: §1,150 - Flying Car
: §1,250 - Zelphon Light Panels
: §1,450 - Space Travel For Free
: §1,600 - Light Saber
: §1,900 - Sight and Sound Restorer
: §2,000 - Infinite Data Memory|
: §2,200 - 10,000x Processor Speedy Uppy
: §2,600 - Internet Omega
: §2,800 - Entire History's Information Online
: §3,200 - Quantum_Computing
: §3,500 - Disintegrator Disc
: §4,000 - The Sky Train
: §4,300 - Earth Viewer
: §4,600 - Age of the Deltascreen
: §5,200 - Terraformation Of Mars
: §5,700 - Universal Temperature Controller
: §6,900 - Pure Air Forever
: §7,500 - 100,000,000x CPU Speed Up
: §8,100 - Anti-sleep Pill
: §8,300 - Infinitely Powerful Telescope
: §8,700 - Gravity Blocker
: §9,100 - Xeton Microscope
: §9,900 - Omega 3D Holocube
: §12,500 - Deluxe Flying Car
: §13,500 - Flying Skate Board
: §15,000 - Grand Theory of Physics
: §18,000 - Music Analyzer
: §22,000 - Universe Viewer
: §25,000 - Infinite Water Supply
: §28,000 - Grand Theory of Visual Art
: §34,000 - Programmable Repelling Superatom
: §39,000 - The Diamond Age
: §45,000 - Double Lifetime
: §52,000 - Teleportation
: §60,000 - Dawn of Cold Fusion
: §66,000 - Grand Theory Of Music
: §81,000 - Material Duplication
: §90,000 - Infinitely Fast Processor
: §107,000 - Quadruple Lifetime
: §115,000 - Omega Battery
: §126,000 - Atomic Synthesizer
: §145,000 - The U-Atom
: §260,000 - Indefinite Life Span
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