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Max The Magnificent
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It's the bees knees
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 1:01:12 PM
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What? You want more? Well, how about Robotic Bees?

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What does the future hold?
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 1:02:19 PM
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What do you think the future holds? Are there any other things that were once regarded as science fiction that you feel are heading our way?

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Be careful what you ask for
betajet   5/7/2014 3:18:37 PM
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I once read a story about a man who discovered he could read minds.  At first it was a lot of fun, but then it got to be quite depressing because he could tell what people really though of him.  After a while it got so bad couldn't sleep any more, and he started wandering the streets late at night.

One night as he walked past a dark alley, a mugger jumped out at him with a gun and demanded his money.  Our friend said "I'm not afraid of you" and reached for the gun.  The gun went off, killing our friend instantly.

When the police arrived, the mugger was still there holding the gun in a daze, trembling.  When he saw the police, he looked at them and stammered "I thought the gun was empty".

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Re: Be careful what you ask for
Max The Magnificent   5/7/2014 3:23:36 PM
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@betajet: I once read a story about a man who discovered he could read minds.

I think it woudl be terrible to be able to read other people's minds -- I might discover that their light-hearted quips about my sense of dress aren't intended as jokes at all LOL

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Re: Be careful what you ask for
RichQ   5/7/2014 5:19:23 PM
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There is an Asimov story in the I, Robot series about a robot that, due to a factory accident, becomes a mind reader. It eventually went insane trying to resolve the comflicts that came up when it had to lie to prevent hurting people with truths they did not want to hear.

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Making VR even more real
RichQ   5/7/2014 5:28:24 PM
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The visual and audio cues of virtual reality are here. Now, the physical cues are also coming. Here is a description of a haptic body suit (alas, not yet available) that provides you with sensations corresponding to what's happening in the VR world. So, if something is crawling on your arm, you feel the tingle. You get shot, you feel an impact (not fatal, of course).

http://m.cnet.com.au/bodysuit-lets-you-feel-the-video-game-339344726.htm

How long before full-body suits allow you to experience a full range of sensations in a form of telepresence?

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Re: Making VR even more real
Duane Benson   5/7/2014 5:56:27 PM
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You culs certainly pair haptic devices with one of the thought-controlled headsets (http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1309114) floating around and win at poker.

That would essentially be selective mind reading. Outside of the gambling hall, you could use something along those lines anywhere non-complex silent communication is required.

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Re: Be careful what you ask for
betajet   5/7/2014 11:24:55 PM
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"A mind is a terrible thing to read."

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Be careful what you ask for
Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 11:05:46 AM
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@Rich: There is an Asimov story in the I, Robot series...

The amazing thing to me is that, for almost any sentient robot-based scenario you want to consider, you can say "There is an Asimov story that relates to this" :-)

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Re: Making VR even more real
Max The Magnificent   5/8/2014 11:07:56 AM
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@Rich: How long before full-body suits allow you to experience a full range of sensations in a form of telepresence?


At the moment my time machine is in the shop having it's tempus fugit coils re-ballanced -- but as soon as it's up and running again I'll go and investigate the answer to your question.

 

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