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Augmented-reality contact lenses to be human-ready at CES

Anyone who has ever dreamed up a sci-fi future in which neon interfaces float in front of us and information exists not on screens, but projected onto our eyes, is likely watching the blossoming wearable technology market with great anticipation. With its iOptik system, wearables startup Innovega …

数学有什么用?

谁泡的咖啡更好喝,人还是机器?

本文作者:喻<p>(文/MATT BUCHANAN)2007年,在霍华德·舒尔茨(Howard Schulz)从星巴克的CEO一职上退下来后的第7年,他给当时星巴克的CEO吉姆·唐纳德(Jim Donald)写了一份题为《星巴克体验的商品化》的备忘录。舒尔茨在备忘录中哀叹星巴克“味道淡了”,他认为公司引入了新的超级自动化咖啡机之后,挡住了顾客和咖啡师的目光交流,也洗去了冲泡咖啡的“浪漫和戏剧”。不到一年以后,舒尔茨再次登上星巴克CEO之座,同时收购了一家叫做咖啡设备公司(Coffee Equipment Company)的初创企业。这家公司制作了一款要价1.1万美元的咖啡机。当时,舒尔茨宣称,这台设 …

电脑一歇菜,人能挺住吗?

本文作者:喻<p>要知道怎么做就必须得实际去做。计算机自动化所节省的那份苦力,恰恰是我们学习知识所必须付出的。图片来源:Kyle Bean/The Atlantic<p>(文/Nicholas Carr)2009年2月12日傍晚,美国大陆航空公司的一架客机在大风天气里开始了它从新泽西州纽瓦克市飞往纽约州布法罗市的航程。如今的商业航班,飞行员其实并没有很多事情要做,这趟航班也不例外。在预计一小时的飞行时间里,机长马尔文·雷斯诺(Marvin Renslow)在起飞的短暂过程中进行了简单的人工驾驶,将这架庞巴迪Q400型涡轮螺旋桨飞机升上了天空,之后便打开了自动驾驶仪,让软件来操纵飞行。接下来,客机在1.6万 …

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Five Facts About Futurist Father of Science Fiction, Jules Verne - Unbound Worlds

Father of science fiction Jules Verne has been dead for over a hundred years, but his work remains as popular as ever. His novels <i>20,000 Leagues Under</i> …

In 300 Years, Kim Stanley Robinson's Science Fiction May Not Be Fiction

The author talks about climate change, capitalism, and the other circa-2013 concerns that underpin his award-winning novels about "the solar system in the next few centuries."<p>Orbit<p>Where's the great novel about climate change? I'd argue that to find it, you're better off leaving the world of …

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The Science and Science Fiction of SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow

At New York Comic Con, game designer Stone Librande talks about how fusing science and science fiction created the tech-filled landscapes of SimCity's upcoming expansion, Cities of Tomorrow.<p><b>When lead game designer Stone Librande</b> decided to build the future, he found places for inspiration: The …

Massive chart compares more than 200 sci-fi spaceships

How does the Serenity stack up against a Bothan assault cruise? Or a Turian corvette against a D'Kora-class marauder?<p>These questions -- and more! -- can be answered by spending some quality time with a piece created by sci-fi fan and DeviantArtist Dirk Loechel. His science-fiction-spaceships …

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Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

3 Ways The 'Internet of Everything' Is Improving Our World

Every day, we're bombarded with seemingly unsolvable issues -- health care crises, struggling schools, poverty, and climate change are just a few. These issues may at first seem too big for any of us to solve. But in today's technology-driven world, we actually have more power than ever.<p>The growth …

我们可不可以少睡觉?

本文作者:苏木七<p>不知有多少人幻想过要是不用睡觉还能精力充沛,就像吃下哆啦a梦的“不睡也不累的药”一样。这样可以把多出的小半生用来做爱做的事。这没准不是痴人说梦。<p>不想睡?<p>睡眠时间不够,仍要保持清醒?最简单的方法莫过于来几杯咖啡。可惜的是效果不够持久,喝多了效果还会打折扣。上世纪90年代有一种叫做莫达非尼的药曾风靡一时,也被称作聪明药,号称完胜咖啡因。其实这是一种中枢神经兴奋药,用于治疗嗜睡症,但大部分都用来保持熬夜时的头脑清醒,例如学生考前抱佛脚,士兵不分日夜地作战。后来发现该药的效果也就和几杯咖啡差不多,只是半衰期短一点,价格还贵,作为处方药一般人还买不到。因此撼动不了咖啡因的王者地位。<p>遗憾的 …

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