XParanormal Detector

http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/unpopular-science/i-have-detected-ghost-science
http://www.extremesenses.com/software/whatisit.htm

One more silly thing to play with… if you dare. Personally, I’m not so sure the experience of potentially figuring out once and for all if my computer is possessed is worth the potential malware exposure.

California police use of body cameras cuts violence and complaints

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/04/california-police-body-cameras-cuts-violence-complaints-rialto

So this one largely speaks for itself; all commentary on my part would pretty much come in the form of angry rants. Basically, yes, please, let’s implement this. Accountability FTW.

I *will* say that if the reported scope of change with cameras vs.without is accurate, then “When you know you’re being watched you behave a little better” is one heck of an understatement.

Mivor the Robot

http://www.psfk.com/2013/10/web-robot-analyses-mood.html
https://mivor.wintr.us/

I talked to it for a little while.

It asked me if my friends made me happy, and signed off shortly after it asked me if I was in love, and admitted it didn’t understand what I meant when I said “no.” In other words, if I had been on a dating site, it would have passed the Turing test with flying colors.

The future of facial recognition

http://blog.ted.com/2013/10/17/the-future-of-facial-recognition-7-fascinating-facts/

Man, just read it. And think, as I did, “Holy crap, the world is creepy.”

Also, I remember tineye as far back as 2009. There’s no real reason for me to mention this other than to effectively declare myself a reverse image search hipster. (It had already been around for a year at that point, according to wikipedia, so I kinda fail at that, anyway.)

Holographs: Still inaccessible to the general population, but now a tiny bit less so!

http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2011-04/leia-your-living-room-creating-holograph-microsoft-kinect
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-01/mits-kinect-powered-live-video-hologram-system-brings-holographic-telepresence-closer

So, this is less super-cool than it seems, because the holographic projector is still needed. Butimeanhey, who doesn’t have one of those lying around?

For those of us who don’t have such things lying around, a very, very cursory glance tells me that in order to get ahold of an actual holographic projector (not just one that shoots lasers), you could be dropping a grand, or more.

Though, technology advancing the way it is, I suppose it is actually possible that holographic projectors will end up begin cheaper over time- particularly if there’s a higher demand for them, which this would generate.

Once it hypothetically gets cheap enough to *make* at-all-passable holographic projectors at $500 or less, I’d say there’s a good chance that ends up being as much of a Big Giant Must-Have thing in entertainment as the Wii was back when the Wii was new and cool (remember that?).

Hyperloop

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130813-elon-musk-hyperloop-praise-skepticism/

http://techland.time.com/2013/08/12/elon-musks-hyperloop-5-things-you-should-know/

So, really, the links speak for themselves. The bigger question- and this is one that I can’t answer, and, amazingly, google doesn’t immediately dreg this up- is just how many moves/shows/books/stories in scifi the concept rips off simultaneously.

Some nice starter source material for that question below. Yes, the propulsion system for the hyperloop is different, but, admit it, you *totally* thought of one of these when you first read or heard about the hyperloop:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumatic_tube#In_fiction

Apparently, it also rips off someone else’s real idea:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3015704/futurist-forum/how-much-did-this-hyperloop-lookalike-inspire-elon-musk

portable brain scanning headsets

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130801-tan-le-portable-brain-scanning-headsets-neuroscience/

This is cool and terrifying for many different reasons.  (Example of terrifying- well, ask yourself, how far would this technology have to progress before we were able to *literally* have thought police?)

That said…. I still totally want one.