But while much of the technology in Alita is futuristic, it's deliberately grounded in the real-world technology of today, per producer James Cameron's vision for the film.You can read Sam Machkovech's largely spoiler-free review here.)He knows immediately he's looking at highly advanced technology from three centuries earlier, lost in time, and rehabilitates her.We'll leave aside the problematic (from a physics standpoint alone) floating city of Zalem—although the concept of a space elevator is very much a topic of current research and grand hopes.Every movie gets a limited number of what the industry calls "buys:" story elements that are not expected to be realistic, but the audience will hopefully suspend its disbelief and accept them as part of the background.That's what puts the fiction in science fiction.
His books have influenced generations of artists and scientists, including physicist and science fiction writer Gregory Benford.“He was one of the people who propelled me forward to go into the sciences,” Benford says in Episode 348 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.Benford, who met Heinlein in the late 1960s and knew him throughout his life, says this is an extremely accurate portrayal.He loved that kind of thing.”Heinlein’s DIY attitude even extended to his houses, which he designed himself and which also displayed his technical flair.“I saw him fire guns outside his house, and he was a good shot,” Benford says.
Deadline Hollywood reports that Aquaman star Jason Momoa—who immortalized Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in the first season of Game of Thrones—is in negotiations to portray another science-fiction warrior, Duncan Idaho from Dune, Frank Herbert's beloved 1965 science fiction novel.(Mild spoilers for original novel below.)Dune is set in the distant future (where else?There's faster-than-light space travel, a prophecy concerning a messianic figure, giant sandworms, and lots of battles, as protagonist Paul Atreides (a duke's son) strives to defeat the forces of Shaddam IV, Emperor of the known universe.That brief synopsis hardly does justice to the sweeping grandeur and enormous cultural influence of Herbert's novel.It took 20 years before Dune was finally adapted into a film in 1984 by director David Lynch, starring Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides.
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp unveiled a new live-action short film called Conviction from Oats Studios.It’s set in the same world as BioWare’s upcoming open-world power armor shooter Anthem.Blomkamp set up his studio in 2017, describing it as an experimental incubator in which he can prototype ideas and see what sticks before fully committing to a longer work.Over the course of several months, he released a series of lengthy science fiction short films on YouTube along with a smattering of other zany experiments.This three-and-a-half-minute short film follows the mold of its predecessors, showing off something that plays like a trailer for a longer project.The short film outlines that the people of the world were “the slaves of the Urwrath,” only to break free, building a protective community called Fort Tarsis on the world.
A handheld 'tricorder' that can test for biological contamination in real-time has been the dream of science fiction fans for decades.Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers in the School of Engineering have developed a novel low-cost technique that quickly and accurately detects cryptosporidium contamination in water samples.Cryptosporidium is an intestinal pathogen and one of the leading causes of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness in the world.Drinking water contaminated with the parasite can result in diarrhea and, in extreme cases, can even lead to death."Current methods for detecting cryptosporidium require filtering large volumes of water, separating out the organisms, staining them with a fluorescence label and trying to identify the pathogen using a microscope," says George Luka, a doctoral student at UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering and study lead author."The process is extremely slow, expensive and doesn't yield reliable results."
(PROVO, UT, Feb. 13, 2019) It took just over 10 years, but real science has finally caught up to the science fiction of Iron Man's transforming exoskeleton suit.In a paper published today in Science Robotics, engineers at Brigham Young University detail new technology that allows them to build complex mechanisms into the exterior of a structure without taking up any actual space below the surface.This new class of mechanisms, called "developable mechanisms," get their name from developable surfaces, or materials that can take on 3-D shapes from flat conformations without tearing or stretching, like a sheet of paper or metal.When not in use, they can fold back into the surface of the structure seamlessly."These new discoveries make it possible to build complex machines that integrate with surfaces to be very compact, but can deploy and do complex tasks," said researcher Larry Howell, professor of mechanical engineering at BYU."It opens up a whole new world of potential devices that have more functions, but are still very compact."
They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into the patient and insert a small robot while across the country a surgeon puts on a virtual reality headset, grabs their controllers, and prepares to operate.While this scene may seem like science fiction now, a Charlestown, Mass.-based startup called Vicarious Surgical, is developing the technology to make that vision a reality.The company’s co-founders, Adam Sachs and Sammy Khalifa, have been developing and refining the technology almost since they met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as undergraduates.The 27 year-old Sachs said that he and Khalifa formally launched the company roughly five years ago when they graduated from MIT and have been working on it ever since.“We’ve been working on ways to miniaturize robotics and put all of the motion of surgery into the abdominal cavity,” says Sachs.“If you put all of the motion inside the abdominal cavity you are not confined to motion around the incision sites.”
Microsoft is teasing the reveal of a 'HoloLens 2' next-generation mixed reality headset, ahead of this year's Mobile World Congress 2019 conference.In a teaser trailer posted to the YouTube channel of Alex Kipman (the Microsoft executive leading HoloLens development), we're shown a render of a new device being formed through the power of abstract science fiction imagineering.So yep, don't expect hard facts here folks, just some cool brooding synths and space-age metallic surfaces:Kipman's video shares only one truly concrete piece of information: a date.February 24 of 2019 will mark the unveiling of whatever device Microsoft has up its sleeve, putting it around the same time as the big mobile device showcase, MWC 2019, in Barcelona.Could that suggest a wirefree, truly mobile experience?
Biomanufacturing technologies — taking modified versions of existing organisms and bending them to the will of humans — has moved from the world of science fiction to becoming a new reality.Across the startup landscape companies are launching to make synthetic spider silk, or make leather substitutes, or meat substitutes, or novel chemicals and pharmaceuticals.What all of these companies have in common is that they need to be able to rapidly experiment with different organisms and processes for cultivating them to make their visions work at a commercial scale — and that’s where Culture Biosciences comes in.The company was founded by two Chapel Hill, N.C. natives and Duke alums Matthew Ball and Will Patrick.The two met in college at Duke and worked together in Google’s famous skunkworks division (then known as Google X).After leaving Google, Patrick, the company’s chief executive, wound up at MIT’s Media Lab where he was exposed to the work that companies like Gingko Bioworks was doing around biomanufacturing and became convinced that it would be transformational by human society.
There is, of course, some overlap in genre but here are the biggest science fiction, fantasy, and genre movie milestones happening in 2019.45-Year Anniversaries (Films Released in 1974)The Texas Chain Saw MassacreBefore Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, or Jason Voorhees, Tobe Hooper introduced the world to Leatherface and his family.40-Year Anniversaries (Films Released in 1979)The gangs of New York City all team up to take down one gang in particular: The Warriors.
Dimension 404 on Hulu is a science fiction anthology show in the tradition of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.TV writer Andrea Kail loved the fifth episode, “Bob,” about a (literal) giant brain who works for the National Security Agency.“My favorite stories are like this, basically hyperbole but meticulously imagined, and really funny and brutal,” he says.Just take a real-life situation, look at the struggle that’s at the bottom of it, and then exaggerate it into an absurdist realm, but make the details and the story logic so vivid that it’s indistinguishable from reality.I thought it was absolutely brilliant.”The show isn’t perfect, however, and often fails to create fictional worlds with a strong sense of reality.
The new science fiction film, Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves, achieved some pretty impressive visual effects, given its relatively modest $30 million budget.The secret: using a suite of game-development animation tools for modeling and motion capture.The most popular industry tool for CGI rendering is Maya, a 3D computer graphics/computer modeling program that owes its popularity in part to the fact that it's designed to be open to third-party software.(Large movie studios in particular tend to write piles of custom code for their productions.)Maya offers a wide range of special tools to realistically emulate the dynamic properties of complicated things like steam, blowing leaves, tornadoes, hair, fur, smoke, clouds, explosions, and clothing and other fabrics—just about anything Hollywood can dream up.A single four-minute pre-viz sequence can cost $350,000 or more.
Sexbot is a staple of science fiction.But some specialists believe the first animated lovers made of metal, rubber, and plastic, programmed to provide sexual bliss.Jia Jia or ‘robot goddess’ is the World’s first sexbot.It has the long flowing locks and rosy red cheeks as a human.This humanoid has natural eye movement, speech that is sync with its lip movements.Moreover, it refers to its male creators as ‘lords’.
But when Lisa Yaszek, who teaches science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, went digging through old magazines, she discovered a very different story.“I was so surprised to see how many women there were in science fiction before women really came into the genre in the 1970s with feminist science fiction,” Yaszek says in Episode 346 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.“I kept uncovering these anthologies with all of these women who were clearly well-known and celebrated in their day, and who I had never heard of.”In fact, women writers were relatively common throughout the pulp era, and the proportion of women readers was even higher.“So there were always a lot of women in the genre.”Some people also believe the small number of women who did write science fiction were forced to assume male pseudonyms in order to get published, but Yaszek says that’s mostly a myth.
Usually, the thing you expect to talk about most at the launch of a new pair of speakers is the speakers themselves; but after Q Acoustics revealed the Concept 300 speakers to Digital Trends and a selection of other journalists, we spoke to the team at length about the stand.Before we go into them, let’s look at these beautiful speakers.Inside the stunning cabinets — check out the dual-finish real wood veneer, which is as classy as it gets in person — is a 6.5-inch mid-bass driver, and a 1.1-inch tweeter, both mounted using internal retaining bolts so nothing shows on the outside.There is reason for the lack of bolts apart from a cleaner aesthetic, as it means the speakers don’t need a cover on the outside to hide the bolt heads.Tensegrity’s tiny surface area helps remove the vibrations Q Acoustics had declared war upon.It’s then mated to an isolation base plate — essentially a suspension system for a speaker, rather than a car — made up of four springs attached to a plate made of Sylodamp, a polyurethane elastomer, that minimizes energy from the speakers going to the base and stand.
Sure, it’s the two best American football teams playing for a championship, but is it really “super?”We say “No!” At least, not when you think about the cross-section of sports and science fiction.That was the plot of the underrated 2011 film Real Steel, and it showed that not only are robots great fighters, they can also bring families together too.Disc Wars from Tron: LegacyLight cycle racing is certainly extremely cool, but if I had to pick just one sport inside of Tron, it’s Disc Wars.This sport, which amounts to basically fighting with frisbees, just feels like more of an athletic competition.
“This is not science fiction”European city state Luxembourg has signed an agreement with NVIDIA that will see the two build a national artificial intelligence (AI) lab in what the Santa Clara-based hardware specialist described as its “first national AI collaboration”.Under the terms of the deal, NVIDIA will furnish state-of-the-art hardware and software supplied for the lab, which will be overseen by a joint advisory boardtasked with guiding research across a range of AI projects.The lab will investigate potential AI implementation in multiple national industries such as finance, healthcare and security.NVIDA will provide its expertise and tools, but the project involves a host of researchers from an array of Luxembourgian institutions, including the University of Luxembourg’s High Performance Computing team, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, and its Interdisciplinary Centre for Security.Fernand Reinig CEO of AI at the Luxembourg’s Institute of Science and Technology commented in a release: “This initiative will bring together Luxembourg’s research community with the leading role NVIDIA plays in applying AI to a wide range of applications.”
New York, NY--January 30, 2019--Robots that are self-aware have been science fiction fodder for decades, and now we may finally be getting closer.Columbia Engineering researchers have made a major advance in robotics by creating a robot that learns what it is, from scratch, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics.After a brief period of "babbling," and within about a day of intensive computing, their robot creates a self-simulation.The robot can then use that self-simulator internally to contemplate and adapt to different situations, handling new tasks as well as detecting and repairing damage in its own body."But if we want robots to become independent, to adapt quickly to scenarios unforeseen by their creators, then it's essential that they learn to simulate themselves," says Hod Lipson, professor of mechanical engineering, and director of the Creative Machines lab, where the research was done.For the study, Lipson and his PhD student Robert Kwiatkowski used a four-degree-of-freedom articulated robotic arm.
Back in high school, Denver Jackson got the idea for a science fiction and fantasy movie called Esluna: A World Beyond, about a land ruled by people with the power to control the wind.Eventually, that idea turned into a web series that recently launched its first season – something Jackson animated by himself.It centers around a young woman named Maeve who teams up with an archaeologist and a powerful young man named Bataar, who mysteriously arrived from another world when he was a boy.Together, they have to stop the land’s tyrannical queen from destroying the world.It feels very much in the vein of something like Avatar: The Last Airbender, with a cute robot sidekick.You can watch the trailers and all the episodes below.
Amphibians, like the Mexican salamander Axolotl, can regenerate limbs, and that is why scientists have been studying their unique physiology for more than 150 years.We still may be a long way away from growing new arms and legs, but this discovery brings us one step closer to understanding how this regeneration occurs at the molecular and genetic level.The regeneration of missing limbs may appear to be science fiction, but it isn’t.The Mexican salamander Axolotl is particularly adept at re-growing body parts.Not only can it regenerate on command, but the newly formed limb is a perfect substitute of the one that was lost.Incredibly, the salamander also can repair a damaged spinal cord or retinal tissue, making it abilities near God-like.