Will Our Kids Be a New Species?

I think I might have to start a “Ted Videos I’m Obsessed With” series on my blog because I’ve found another presentation that’s really exciting.

Evolutionary biology has always been a favorite subject of mine and has definitely influenced my work. In this video, Juan Enriquez talks about how different species of humans co-existed in the past, and how we might be evolving along different paths in the present.

I highly recommend this video for anyone who is interested in sci-fi, fantasy, and those who occasionally like having their minds blown.

3D Printers: When Fiction Becomes Reality and Mixes With Awesome

Science fiction TV shows, movies, and books have always dangled futuristic technology in front of us, teasing us the way one teases squirrels by eating delicious handfuls of walnuts in front of them while laughing maniacally, (and accidentally choking because that’s what happens when you eat and laugh at the same time). We’ve all been there, am I right? Wait…what do you mean no?

Anyways…one of the futuristic technologies we often see in fiction are replicators or machines that can create something out of nothing. If you’ve heard of 3D printers, then you know that we’re close to making that fictional dream a reality.

These printers do exactly what the name suggest: they let you print out 3-dimensional objects, complete with moving parts and colors — objects that are just as good as they would be if we manufactured them. You could print out a guitar and play it just like a normal guitar. Want a toy dinosaur? Why not print one in chocolate? Or how about a car?

Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof:

Other than the fact that it is an incredible technology that will change everything, (EVERYTHING!), why am I writing about 3D printers? Because they’ll play a role in the 2nd book of the The Dark Matter Chronicles, but probably not how you think…

I’m not going to give anything away, but this technology has a use that will have a profound impact on us; something that’s about 20-50 years out. And I plan to use it in a way I don’t think anyone else has thought of yet. Am I being a tease? Yes. Am I also laughing about it? Of course. Now, if only I could get my hands on a ridiculously fluffy cat, a secret lair, and a 3D printer to complete my evil-genius persona, then I could really show those squirrels…

These 3D printers cannot get here fast enough.

Nanotechnology

Sorry about the hiatus, things got a little hectic!  I’ve got a new post on something that I hope you’ll find just as interesting as I did 🙂

Nanotechnology (sometimes shortened to “nanotech“) is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale, (what would I do without you, Wikipedia).

In The Dark Matter Chronicles, the Arcana use it develop their gadgets, (e.g. a decrypter is made of nanobots that attach to the neurons in your brain and give you access a universal database of languages).  The objects in my novel are obviously fictional but because nanotech involves manipulating matter at its basic level, I don’t think they’re far-fetched.

What inspired to me include nanotech in my story is a video I came across several years ago.  It’s about a conceptual cellphone by Nokia called the Morph.  I remember seeing it long before I started writing the book but it made quite the impression and has stuck with me ever since.

Here’s a short video for the nanotech Morph:

There’s a longer version on You Tube as well if you’re interested in seeing more.

I don’t know about you, but I get incredibly excited when I see things like this.  It opens up so many possibilities for the future and what we’ll be able to do.  The really astonishing thing is that this is only one piece of the puzzle.  Scientists and engineers the world over are working on things that hardly seem possible (yay for 3-D printers!) but will be within our grasp very soon.  And I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff.  *C’mon jet-packs…*