Dark Future Ahead 20 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent14 January, 2017
Let’s jack in and see what the futurewatch brings us this time.
Sailing the sea on a massive container ship, the time-lapse of the port is especially inspiring, but there is a considerable amount of useful information in this fairly short article.
Vanguard is a new company producing a premium motorcycle (in NYC no less). Now, not only is this a very cyberpunk looking machine. but it was primarily digitally designed. The Economist has a good article (may require registration) about how the new digital processes allow for small firms to enter markets that have been dominated but the huge vehicle corporations. Now there is a ton of cyberpunk adventure ideas to exploit from there.
Power from organic waste! What could go wrong with producing massive amount of methane from organic matter? Hopefully not much as it is a great way to turn garbage (and less pleasant matter) into electricity.
Feeling lonely? What about a ‘virtual wife’ to manage your house? A Japanese company, Vinclu, has developed a hologram linked to an expert management system, who could need more?
And what will your virtual wife have prepared for dinner? A light article form Gizmodo looks at 8 Foods of the Future, maybe. Still some good ideas for setting color in a cyberpunk world (“Fried grasshopper anyone?”).
New ways to fix your teeth! King’s College London is developing a chemical to encourage cells in teeth to heal them. No more fillings! If it works.
And the US Department of Defense is looking into spent casting from training ammunition that grows plants! Guess they are seeking to be more green than olive drab.
What visions of the coming dark future have you seen recently?
Note: Photo from Vanguard and used without permission.