The lovely word "may" is such an abused word. There are MANY things that MAY come, on the other hand it MIGHT not as well. My money is on that it won't be here anytime soon. There are so many technical and impractical issues that arise, that this is nothing more than a "wow...lasers, we're so 1337" 21 century etc. Sure, it makes for a good read, and even better...the house-geek will have his say over the dinner table...say...did you know honey, they're putting lasers in front of the trains now to clear the tracks. OOOOh honey, that's just up your Dart Vader alley!
Guess what? I've been working with technology and prototyping for years, and it's a riot every time this actually surfaces as an article once in a blue moon, you can't just put high power lasers in front of trains, you'll have reflection issues, IR-radiation, people claiming blindness, and the kind of power you need to "zap" it clean is extreme, this isn't your average laser pointer that can be used to write your name into a cellphone or pop balloons, heck...even hefty industrial lasers used to cut metal are so focused and concentrated that if you wanted to use it to blast away debris...you'd need a HECK of a lot more space for it to be actually practical, not to mention the need for cooling.
1) Video games.
5) Retro (back censoring things that aren't politically correct today).
So what will it be tomorrow? It's like we target popular items for "insert won't anyone think of the chil...feminists" reasons here. Any idiot out there with at least half a brain knows that violence in unacceptable whether it's children, females, shemales, hemales, dogs, cats, horses (insert your preference here). If you censor ONE thing in ONE media, you have to go for the other medias as well.
We're SO close to arresting people for thought crimes!
Around here people treat the news about Ebola like it's just another H1N1 outbreak and think nothing further of it. The schools are literally a walk-in petridish and the hygiene at the cafeterias are terrible, kids just dash in for seconds and dab their spoons gleefully into the pots and pans for more, and the next week - half of the kids and teachers are sick with the common flu. Imagine that scenario when we've got Ebola on the move.
We have lots of people who have families in Africa, they come over with their friends ALL the time, and they attend the same schools as the natives do, it's just a matter of time before this becomes a uncontrollable problem.
Proper hygiene needs to be taught, and before we know how to control this, we should limit the traveling from and to infected countries.
Personally I've stacked up like crazy, I've filled my house to the brim with food and stuff needed to cope with that time when the outbreak will be at its worst. Again - it's not Ebola I fear...I fear the people who will get desperate when they reap the fruit of their own ignorance.
In fact, I'm a bit surprised that Philips Ultra Wide monitors didn't catch on as they're even better for our eyes than the 16:9, I'm guessing it's the price tag that scares people away as usual, but for movies...the Ultra Wide is the best option since even today....the movies at the theatre are much wider and when you get it on a DVD or Blu-Ray/streaming etc... it's still 16:9 and thus have been cropped for our viewing pleasures, which is a pity...because you lose some of the original artwork in the movies.
When the big boys don't get to play with the toys of the other big boys, then it's time for the boys to become men and show some muscles. This is all a dance, play with us (aka give us access to that wonderful database that knows everything about every individual out there) and we'll leave you alone.
I often drool over the prices in China, cheap CHEAP and functional solar panels I could have gotten for pittens. But the taxes are so high that it evens out the score. Which is kind of strange since the government is subsidizing solar power anyway, but it's all lost on the import tax alone.
I loved the Elite Frontier game, I spent SO many hours of my youth on chasing pirates, mail service for the military, mining asteroids, smuggling goods, trading and looking for interesting ads at their version of the "internet", that game was SO ahead of its time.
But I refuse to pay 99 pounds for ANY game, even if it's the super-duper-full-updates-for-life-mega-peta-giga-edition of the century. Glad I didn't plunge into the investment. Dodged a bullet there...
You're doing it wrong. It's called amnesty now. All you have to do is pledge to vote Democrat, and Obama will send a plane to pick you up.
LOL, I bet. Every time I visit the U.S. though, my friends over there tell me to move to Mexico and come in that way.
Expensive art is an investment, and it has become quite sophisticated over the years. In the 70s and 80s, people were buying art when they believed the value would go up over the next few years. Now, prospective buyers have to think about what people who may buy from them later on will think of their own potential buyers (etc.), because nobody is interested to be at the end of a buying chain and be stuck with an overpriced item. It's like the castle in the air theory on steroids - everybody knows that everybody else is in the business of buying to sell later, and the market goes nuts.
Not arguing against that, if you're referring to Monet masterpieces and its likes, but not the art any monkey could have done.
As bedazzling and cool that is however, very few takes us electronic artists seriously. I have been exhibiting my art (I've done that stuff for years too, just like Maker-Joe), except...I have my own variation where every gadget must "live forever" and be alive somehow. People think it's cute, the kids love it - but the "elite", you know...those people "who-understands-art"...or at least THINK they do, are the ones that deems all of that for amateurish gibberish if you haven't attended some well known famous art-academy.
It's like those people who can pay millions for a white canvas with some red paint splattered onto it, something that took the "artist" 1 minute to do. And the "Elitist" will see and read just about anything into the "could-have-been-done-by-a-3-year-old" works of "art", and the poor misunderstood artist can live a lavish life on the emperors new clothes, and his kids too.
Do I sound like a bitter failed artist to you? Not even close, the thing is...just like Maker-Joe...and thousands of fellow makers all over the world, I'm just having fun when I make these things. It's what makes me tick, and makes me want to wake up in the morning, dirt poor perhaps...but at least we have fun!
I'm a peaceful citizen, the closest thing I'll ever get to battle with someone is when my neighbors dog takes a dump on my lawn.
But I am seriously tired of the ongoing acceptance of total censorship everywhere, and since I'm pretty much independent and a free spirit, I can move basically anywhere in the world I want to go. UK has long been on my list since it's not that easy to get a Green Card in the U.S. But it's fairly populated, speaks English natively...and I thought the business would be good over there. BUT at what cost, my freedom? No way, sir!
Who determines what terrorism really is? Having the wrong opinion? Disagreeing with the governments decisions? Having the wrong sexual preference? Watching illegal cartoons? Using Linux and reading the Linux Journal (according to the latest from the NSA...those people are potential terrorists).
I refuse to live in a country that suppresses its citizens, and with citizens so stupid they'll take anything they can get, laying down - butt up!
This is exactly why I've waited years to purchase a 3D printer even though I really want one.
I'm going to wait another 5 years before the prices are right, and the usability is where it should be.
4) License to have children.
Considering all the junkies, meth heads and such in the world...that actually makes sense.