Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 2
zeeglen
User Rank
Author
A.C. Clarke and the tablet
zeeglen   3/24/2014 11:54:36 PM
NO RATINGS
Nice article.

My print copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey (A.C. Clarke) has disappeared, but I seem to recall that in an early chapter when Floyd was the sole passenger on a shuttle to the moon he read the latest news on a portable device that strongly resembled today's internet-connected tablets.

Robert A. Heinlein described a CAD system called "Drafting Dan" in his novel "The Door into Summer".  But he was a little off-target in "Have Space Suit: Will Travel" where space flight to the moon happens (first prize in a soap contest), but slide-rules are still in use.  Can't predict everything, but still good calls...

 Of course it is possible that RAH stuck with the slipstick concept because this was one of his "juvenile novels" written to encourage youngsters to get into what we now refer to as "STEM"; and slide rules were the only computational resource available at the time.

betajet
User Rank
Author
E. M. Forster: "The Machine Stops" (1909)
betajet   3/24/2014 6:59:44 PM
NO RATINGS
While he's better known for A Room with a View and A Passage to India, my favorite E. M. Forster work is "The Machine Stops" (1909), which IMO quite accurately describes the Internet, especially social networking.

betajet
User Rank
Author
Jules Verne
betajet   3/24/2014 6:55:39 PM
NO RATINGS
Jules Verne also invented (unless someone can point me to prior art) full-motion holograms in The Carpathian Castle (1892) and IMO steampunk in The Steam House (1880), which features a giant steam-powered mechanical elephant :-)

Duane Benson
User Rank
Author
Jerry Pournelle
Duane Benson   3/24/2014 4:33:43 PM
NO RATINGS
Jerry Pournelle: "By the turn of the century, you will be able to use your computer to get any piece of information that exists." Probably not the exact quote, but he wrote it in the early 1980's or late 1970's, in his column in Byte Magazine.

<<   <   Page 2 / 2


Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Like Us on Facebook
Special Video Section
The LTC®6363 is a low power, low noise, fully differential ...
Vincent Ching, applications engineer at Avago Technologies, ...
The LT®6375 is a unity-gain difference amplifier which ...
The LTC®4015 is a complete synchronous buck controller/ ...
10:35
The LTC®2983 measures a wide variety of temperature sensors ...
The LTC®3886 is a dual PolyPhase DC/DC synchronous ...
The LTC®2348-18 is an 18-bit, low noise 8-channel ...
The LT®3042 is a high performance low dropout linear ...
Chwan-Jye Foo (C.J Foo), product marketing manager for ...
The LT®3752/LT3752-1 are current mode PWM controllers ...
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...