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Posted by timothy
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jpt.d writes "Wired has a nice article on what they wish to be for 2013. It is not too far fetched either! My personal favorite is the roll up television screen made of light-emitting-polymer. How about another Apple gadget? Their first item is an iPhone bracelet, including the functionality of a 'PDA, wireless Internet, a mini iPod, and, of course, a phone.' Notice the Apple logo in the picture." I'd settle for ubiquitous unmetered wireless network access.
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Wired's Wish List For 2013

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  • April 2003 (Score:3, Funny)

    by Enrico Pulatzo (536675) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:12AM (#5527381)
    It really is an article about the future!
  • X^2 (Score:4, Funny)

    by absurdhero (614828) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:15AM (#5527388) Homepage
    you know, that X squared OS by Apple they show on the 2013 wristband is nicknamed Parabola.
    • Re:X^2 (Score:3, Funny)

      by Peterus7 (607982)
      Hmm, in the year 2013, I want a macintosh bionic implant.

      "Yeah, I was purely organic, and it was alright. I was weak though, and I needed rest. And then I switched, to Apple cyborging. Then and there I was benching 1000 lbs, I could run forever, and I could do any activities without error. The only feedback is I can't go out in the rain. But oh well, I never liked the rain anyways. And at least I don't get the blue screen of death flashing in front of my eyes like those windows cyborgs!" Apple.com/switch

  • by FunkSoulBrother (140893) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:15AM (#5527390)
    BY 2013, we need to have net access (whether wireless or wired) run like a utility rather than a commodity. There is no need to have companies like Sprint trying to make a killing by artifically restricting what really should be a near-limitless resource (bandwidth).

    Let the gov't run the backbones.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Moderators on drugs? That crap gets a +4?

      Companies like Sprint do not artificially limit bandwidth. Have you ever price a T3 that crosses a state line? The high cost of long-distance data lines is most of the cost of bandwidth. As long as the Bell monopolies can charge huge prices and states can add huge taxes, bandwidth will remain expensive.
    • by squaretorus (459130) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:03AM (#5527555) Homepage Journal
      When did government ever do anything better, cheaper, quicker than industry? Net access will stay in the private sector because any government can't afford to make it public for a list of reasons starting with 'they can't afford it' and running through to 'they'll fuck it up anyway'.

      Net access is a commodity already - pretty soon it will be a utility in the same way petrol stations are. Think petrol stations - not roads. I dont have to sign an exclusive lock in 12 month deal with shell to fill up my tank - and soon enough I wont have to sign up to a long deal for access either - hopefully.

      The question is - is 2013 soon!!!
      • I think you missed the point of what the author of the comment was trying to say. He acknowledged that net access is indeed a comodity, which seemed to be a point that you were refuting (maybe you didn't mean to come across the way, but that's how i percieved it).

        I would think though, that by adding more pipes throught the U.S., would just create more tech jobs and that internet would eventually come to the point where phone service is now, that companies actually start to compete over high-speed lines (in
      • yes, your mistake (Score:4, Interesting)

        by g4dget (579145) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:33AM (#5527659)
        When did government ever do anything better, cheaper, quicker than industry?

        All the time. For example, Medicare/Medicaid is far more efficient than just about any privately run health plan, and government research is highly efficient and has been responsible for most of the real innovations over the last 50 years.

        When it comes to big organizations and big projects, the government works very well. The real question is: what big private company has been better, cheaper, or quicker than the government? Enron? IBM? AT&T? Don't make me laugh. Big corporations are command economies but without the transparency and checks-and-balances of governments, and the often do their business free of they kind of competitive pressures that make markets efficient.

        I am all for a private sector and free markets in telecommunications. The trouble is that we don't have it. And if the choice is between unregulated inefficient corporate behemoths and public utilities or strongly regulated private utilities, the latter is much preferable and likely to be more efficient.

        • When it comes to big organizations and big projects, the government works very well. The real question is: what big private company has been better, cheaper, or quicker than the government?

          The government has one advantage that (most) corporations cannot match: a near-perfect credit rating. It can take on massive debt, secured not on existing collateral but future taxation. That's why it can afford to take on large projects.

          As to your question, it cannot be answered because the lines are too blurred. Whe
        • Re:yes, your mistake (Score:3, Interesting)

          by aallan (68633)

          ...and government research is highly efficient

          Oh boy, there speaks someone who has never worked for a Government doing research.

          ...and has been responsible for most of the real innovations over the last 50 years.

          Really, you seriously think so? Want to back that up with some specific cases, I really doubt that is the case.

          Al.
          • The Internet (Score:3, Insightful)

            by leerpm (570963)
            Without the defence department's initial backing, the internet would probably not exist in it's current form today.
          • Oh boy, there speaks someone who has never worked for a Government doing research.

            Oh boy, there speaks someone who has never worked for a large company doing research. In the end, it's not the funding source, it's the size that makes it suck. And big industry is every bit as sucky with respect to efficiency as is government.

          • Re:yes, your mistake (Score:5, Interesting)

            by g4dget (579145) on Monday March 17, 2003 @10:37AM (#5529068)
            Oh boy, there speaks someone who has never worked for a Government doing research.

            Actually, I have. As have many graduate students.

            Really, you seriously think so? Want to back that up with some specific cases, I really doubt that is the case.

            The Internet, most basic computer science research, a large fraction of medical and drug development, most of the results in basic physics, etc. A lot of those, are, of course, in collaboration with industry, but the projects are selected and financed by the US government through institutes like (D)ARPA and NIH.

    • couldn't possibly agree more. if i had moderator points today, i'd definately mod this one up. There really is no good reason there should be limits on bandwidth until we run out of.. oil or whatever the hell we use to make optic pipes.
      • OK, I'll provide you with unlimited internet access, all the bandwith you can handle. All you need to do is pay the 100 unionized (read: expensive) workers and 10 internet backbone qualified (read: very expensive) techs it will take to build and maintain the connection.

        Oh yeah, don't forget, if you want your traffic to leave my network you have to pay the backbones that carry your data to its destination.

        Or, you could just quit whining about something you know nothing about and continue paying the $40 a m

    • By 2013,
      1)not to deal with the scourge of spam as we do today. By that time, we will have better email systems. 2)An alarm clock that had a sensor(infra-red) that would check if I am out of my bed and would continue to ring until I got up even after hitting the snooze button.
      3)Really cool dual-headed displays for PDA's and other electronic devices. 4)Sale of only flat panel displays to be allowed. CRT displays should be banned.
      5)The present ratio of desktop:laptop 70:30 should be reversed. 6)AMD to have
      • You can take away my crystal clear 0% lag CRT when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

        I'm still trying to figure out why anyone would want a LCD for a desktop that's used for anything besides text.
        • Hear, hear!

          I can't belive my ears when I hear a salesperson pitching an LCD as a gaming display, and I can't believe my eyes when the sheep actually LOOKS at the LSD-flashback-inducing thing, nods, and shells out the $700.

          Some people would mortgage their house for razorblade underwear if someone told them it looked sexy.

    • Amen. If the guvmint had run the fiber rollout the way it regulated power (before dereg nuked us -- CA says thanks!) we'd have fiber to our homes and pay far less per month than we do now or will pay in the future.

      The free market cannot, by strict profit motivation, fiber up the nation. Corporate nature will go for maximum profit for minimum rollout costs -- which is why power grids and phone companies are regulated monopolies. And those regulated businesses do just fine, and everyone gets electricity and
  • by bm_luethke (253362) <luethkeb@comca s t .net> on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:16AM (#5527393)
    I too would settle for unlimited wireless internet access everywhere. While we are at it I would settle for a few million and a supermodel wife who is also a contortionist.
  • apple (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:16AM (#5527395)
    I've never really cared much for apple products, but damn i want that watch...though there may be problems with the scroll/whatever action if the motion detector always responds to quick wrist motions :)
  • just put a blasted alarm clock in them...

    Sheesh.

  • Robot Slave (Score:3, Funny)

    by ufoman (544261) <ufoman@nOSpAM.gmail.com> on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:17AM (#5527400) Homepage
    I hope by 2013 I can own a robot that will get first post on /.
    • Re:Robot Slave (Score:4, Interesting)

      by BrookHarty (9119) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:14AM (#5527591) Homepage Journal
      Actually, where are the damn robot servants? The ones who can cook/clean/fetch beer.

      Also, wheres the AI programs that can run errands for me, like pay the bills online, record my TV shows, remind me about important dates. Oh, an AI lawyer and account would be nice too.

      The cars that can drive themselves, and let me read a book on the way to work.

      With dual incomes becoming the norm just to live in the USA, where are the time saving robot/AI programs to give us more time to spend with the family. Work a ten hour day, commute for 2 hours, sleep for 8, doesnt leave much time to eat dinner with the family and and wind down from work.

      • Re:Robot Slave (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Dicky (1327)
        Also, wheres the AI programs that can run errands for me, like pay the bills online, record my TV shows, remind me about important dates. Oh, an AI lawyer and account would be nice too.

        Well, I've got an 'AI system' which records TV shows for me - even suggests new shows it thinks I may like, based on what I've recorded before. It's called TiVo [tivo.com]. And I've got an 'AI system' which reminds me about important dates. It's called a web calendar [utexas.edu]. Oh, and apart from a very small number of bills, I pay everythin

      • Actually, where are the damn robot servants? The ones who can cook/clean/fetch beer.

        There is a chain of restaurants in London called Yo! in which there are robots that bring you beer. And it could be argued that dishwashers, washing machines and microwaves are "robot servants".

        Also, wheres the AI programs that can run errands for me, like pay the bills online, record my TV shows, remind me about important dates.

        Direct debit, Sky+/TiVo and Outlook.

        With dual incomes becoming the norm just to live in
    • Re:Robot Slave (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I hope by 2013 that GNU/Hurd will see a 1.0 release.
  • I want my - (Score:4, Funny)

    by Black Parrot (19622) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:18AM (#5527402)


    - flying car, dammit!

  • Earplugs (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Patik (584959) <cpatik@gmail.LAPLACEcom minus math_god> on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:19AM (#5527404) Homepage Journal
    Those programmable noise-cancelling earplugs will be great next time I go to see the Dave Matthews Band and just want to hear the music, not the 20,000 screaming teenage girls.
    • Why would you go to a concert and completely ignore the atmosphere? If you're going to do that, you may as well just put on a Dave Matthews Band DVD, set the DSP to "Hall" or "Theater" and save yourself the money on tickets and parking.
      • Why would you go to a concert and completely ignore the atmosphere? If you're going to do that, you may as well just put on a Dave Matthews Band DVD ...
        If a band plays exactly the same what's on the DVD at a live gig, I'd never want to see their concert anyway. If screaming teenagers are all the difference to you, you're missing something.
    • Re:Earplugs (Score:2, Interesting)

      by trelanexiph (605826)
      what about those of us who go to the dave matthews band concerts for the 20,000 screeming teenage girls. the ladies at the DMB concert at Deer Creek are beautiful every year, and I end up dancing with a lot of them.
      Being an acual Dave Matthews Band fan I would like this for the bootlegs though, screeming teenage girls are much more fun when you're dancing with them, but are an unwanted aspect of bootleg recordings.
    • try working event security sometime, if you want to avoid the screaming crowd...you can hang out backstage or work VIP, if you're lucky. The sounds are always better back stage :)

      Seen on t-shirt at the side gate NO HEAD...NO BACKSTAGE
    • Re:Earplugs (Score:5, Funny)

      by flewp (458359) on Monday March 17, 2003 @04:13AM (#5527720)
      I'll take 20,000 screaming teenage girls over hearing Dave Matthews anyday.
  • ... is for Pink Floyd to make one more album.
  • by Sanity (1431) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:23AM (#5527422) Homepage Journal
    I would settle for some form of alternative to those wasteful paper magazines. If only we had a way to access information almost instantly, and where you didn't need a bunch of money to finance distribution of your rainforest-killing paper-based publication.

    I mean, yes, it would be tragic for those journalistic egos to be deflated by the fact that Joe-shmoe could now publish his thought and be judged based on the quality of work alone, rather than his ability to schmoose editors and such-like.

    But either way, I am sure that a forward-thinking publication such as Wired News would certainly advocate publication over such a system, and would quickly realize the futility of wasteful and ugly paper-based approaches.

    </asshole>

    • by n3k5 (606163) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:46AM (#5527506) Journal
      I would settle for some form of alternative to those wasteful paper magazines.
      That would be cool indeed. Instead of delivering information on paper, we could transport it in digital form to handheld display devices, which would greatly speed up the publication process. Once we've found a way how to transport and view electronic publications, we get a lot of goodies almost for free, like alternate document structures. Instead of being presented in a linear fashion, content could be like a tree or even like a web, so you don't have to skim through pages of moderately interesting text, but easily pick out what you need. There could be virtual connections to material for further reading. Some dude in CERN is in fact working at this technology, he calls it 'hyperlink'. Eventually, these publications could even form a world wide web of documents.

      But I don't think Joe Schmoe would be ready to use that yet; you're way ahead of time, Sanity!
  • by irving47 (73147) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:25AM (#5527431) Homepage
    I was promised flying cars!!!
    • We are working on it through our Tecterran Aerospace division. Problems to solve relate to an efficient, quiet propulsion system. We may have cracked it though.

      That said, before flying cars, we need some more efficient public ground transportation, such as hop on hop off light rail networks in major cities. Another venture we're considering.

      alex@owonder.com

  • by Ack_OZ (64662) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:26AM (#5527435)
    DNF just HAS to be on my list for that year :)
  • by joelparker (586428) <joel@school.net> on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:29AM (#5527440) Homepage
    5. Enforced Digital Rights Management from the unholy alliance of the MPAA, RIAA, and CIA. 4. Total Information Awareness alerts when you download anything on Kazaa, which has relocated to the moon. 3. Duke Nukem Forever... coming soon... 2. Microsoft+DOJ releases Office 2013 on six DVDs, then buys China. 1. Holographic spam for Nigerian penis enlargement. ...And what's on YOUR wish list for 2013? :) Cheers, Joel
  • by singularity (2031) <nowalmart@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:29AM (#5527443) Homepage Journal
    The problem with all of these combination devices is that no device is going to do everything well. I have a somewhat small wrist and larger watches seem huge. At the same time, I want a large color display for my PDA.

    These two things work against each other.

    The display on my phone is not important (especially if I can use it as a simple modem for my PDA), but the button size is. I do not want a combination PDA and phone (think Treo and others) since I want a small phone (since I carry that on me at all times) and will take a somewhat larger PDA since I can choose to carry that or not.

    So I want a small display phone with non-small buttons.
    I want a PDA with a large color display (I currently have at Clie 665c to give an example).
    I want a small watch with small buttons (I have a Nike Triax 42)
    I want a small camera with a decent display and good optics (I have a Canon S200)
    I want a MP3 player with a decent display and small size (I have an iPod)

    One thing I really want is a Bluetooth-like personal network. If I pull out my PDA, I want it to sense my cell phone in my pocket and use it to connect to the internet. I want my PDA to recognize my camera and download pictures from that. if I have a laptop with me, I want it to do the same thing.

    So available wireless internet is one thing, but I would rather have workable, wireless personal networks (meaning on my body).

    Even better would be the ability to have a neetworked storage device somewhere (wallet, etc) that could work as a networked storage device for everything else I am carrying at once. No more carrying a 10gig iPod, a PDA with a 128meg MemoryStick and a camera with a 128meg CompacFlash card. Ideally the iPod would simply be used as storage by all devices without wires.

    This would allow easy modularity without trying to pack everything into once device.

    [If someone tries to patent this idea in the future, I suppose my idea cannot be used as prior art. I think I have to actually implement the idea, right? Any non-lawyers out there want to comment?]
    • by canowhoopass.com (197454) <rod@@@canowhoopass...com> on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:13AM (#5527590) Homepage

      In 10 years Apple (or someone else) might be ready to pioneer the holographic interface [slashdot.org] to work with this iPhone.

      Possible Output Methods

      • Earphone - Music, beeps, and speach.
      • Wrist Watch - Vibrations, lcd display, music/beeps/speech
      • Eye Glass Hookup - Display readout, images, movies, to optional ($$) digital eye glasses.
      • Holographic Display - Flies out from watch when needed. (Why Not?)

      Possible Input Methods

      • Buttons on watch Old fasioned but it works
      • Voice - Speech recognition
      • Video camera on board - It can determine light levels, and perhaps even facial recognition
      • Motion Sensor - Flick of the wrist to change modes.
      • Interactive hologram - coupling a hologram with the motion sensor, the iPhone can allow you to hit buttons out of thin air.
      • Eye wear - Coupled with the digital display, it can track your eyeballs to determine your wishes. It can also look/record forwards. If you get too close to something (like walking into a tree) it'll turn off.

      So in closing... everyone complaining about the size of the iPhone being to small to see anything on, is being short sighted.

      Rod!

      • Here's a possibility you missed: retractible touchscreens. A button on the watch could cause four 1x1 screens to extend in all directions, giving you a plus-shaped pad.

        You could fit four buttons on each section and they'd be large enough to easily press with your fingers. For a phone, you'd need 12 buttons, which would be 3 panels. That'd leave enough room for a 2x1 display, which seems pretty decent. In the mp3-player mode, you'd need maybe 8 buttons, giving you a 1x3 playlist. A PDA could give you 4 but

  • by Max Romantschuk (132276) <max@romantschuk.fi> on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:36AM (#5527469) Homepage
    I believe Wired is right on the spot when it comes to a screen technology incorporated into a pair of glasses. It's really the only thing that makes sense when you need your hands.

    But it's not just for athletes. Technology like that is already being used in medicine (look up stuff while you operate), and I believe that when you couple it with GPS navigation you could do way cool navigational aids (think drawing arrows on the ground, you just follow).

    I've been waiting for this a long time already... why can't it be ready now? ;)
  • by tankdilla (652987) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:36AM (#5527470) Homepage Journal
    A few things i'd like to see by 2013....
    Pets that eat poop instead of make it (Thus creating a circle of life between real and artificial pets.)

    A 300 GHz computer with 64 GB of RAM that won't skip or delay even if it wanted to.

    Reassurance that 1 term of a Bush in charge and bad economic times can equate to 2 terms of some other guy in charge for 2 terms and good economic times, and an occasional scandal that keeps things interesting.....

    Oh yeah, world peace and smell-o-vision.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:38AM (#5527478)
    10 years ago I was posting messages to BBSs with a 14.4k modem, a 14" monitor and a 7MHz PC.
    OK, Internet is a bigger BBS, my modem is 4x faster I've got a 17" monitor and my PC is 50x faster.

    In ten years expect things will remain much the same but bigger again. Maybe I'll surf Internet2 at 250k, have a 24" monitor? My PC may even run at 20GHz

  • by rf0 (159958) <rghf@fsck.me.uk> on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:41AM (#5527486) Homepage
    Am I the only one who sees a problem with the interface of something like the iPhone. Taking it is going ot go round you wrist the only reasonable interfaces are very small button, or voice recognition. Button would be to small and I don't like the idea of having to stand in the street shouting "Ring Wife".

    Also how do you speak? Do you have to shout at the braclet or will you have to hold it up to your ear and look like a prat? OK it does have an earphone but its still a fun image :)

    Rus
    • by n3k5 (606163)
      The 'interface of something like the iPhone' exists in the wild for years and is used without any problems at all. For example, when I 'stand in the street' and want to call my wife, I can leave my tiny phone where it is and just plug a tiny headset into my ear, activate it with a press on the single button it has and say 'ring wife' very quietly. Also when speaking to my wife, I don't have to shout. I certainly don't have to hold anything to my ear and I absolutely don't look like a prat.

      What the iPhone i
      • " I need to put my phone and PDA into pockets and take care that they don't get lost or stolen."

        Man, you need a PocketPC/Phone.

        It's a:

        - Pocket PC, the 2nd most popular PDA on the planet
        - GSM phone
        - MP3/WMA/WMV player, with an SD memory slot

        Not quite as cool as a phone on your writst, but much easier than carrying both a phone and PDA.
        • Nasty pro-Microsoft! No biscuit! Why not mention the Handspring Treo, Symbian AND the PocketPC offerings? ;-)

          Seriously, the problem isn't so much the size of the thing but the fact that the form size required fot both equipment and a good interface is still too large to be wristwatch-carryable. Having to put the device in your pocket means that the device is dependant on what you wear having pockets (or a proper belt for the belt clip, for that matter). The interface is what's preventing this from happenin
  • by k-0s (237787)
    How long are they planning to go between upgrades? Seriously though, most of that stuff seems awesome, others seem useless or overkill. Are athletes going to take their eyes off the finish line or competitors to see what their heart rate is? I do want the wrap around TV though...i'd make my room into Quake 8 by then.
  • Hopefully (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kurt Russell (627436) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:48AM (#5527510)
    the end of the combustion engine.
    Sigh..
    • by happyhippy (526970) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:51AM (#5527519)
      Knowing the US itll be more like SUV's the size of dump trucks.
      • by GimmeFuel (589906)
        It's 2003 and we already have SUVs the size of dump trucks. By 2013 the smallest SUV will be roughly the size of a train.
    • Re:Hopefully (Score:2, Interesting)

      Amen! I've befriended you because this is the first time I've seen an anti-SUV post on /. outside of my own in the past. SUVs are such a stupid and inappropriate thing in this day and age. But stupid and insecure people in America seem to need these vehicles to soothe their egos without regard to the damage they cause.

      -Buying SUVs supports terrorism in a BIG way since those gas guzzling mosters put money in the hands of the criminals doing horrible things worldwide. If they were true patriots, they wou
      • That whole part of the world would be relegated to status: irrelevant. They could nuke each other off the planet for all we care.

        They can still nuke us off the planet, though - that's (purportedly) why we're going to war. If we weren't buying their oil, they might be even more likely to do something that could otherwise damage business relations.

        And of course we can't just stop the auto industry. We can make them want to change, or we can pay Congress to force them to change. Except that they're busy
      • A few points:

        1) I have a Jeep Wrangler. I've had it since 1995; it's the 3rd one i've owned.

        2) It's considered a SUV, but it gets in excess of 30MPG.

        3)I don't live in a City. I live some place with weather, and marginal roads.

        4)On occasion, I go places that are even LESS city, and have even MORE marginal roads.

        5) I would not object, whatsoever, to a hydrogen power plant, or similar technology, as long as I can reasonably USE it. I doubt very much anyone else would either.
  • by trelanexiph (605826) on Monday March 17, 2003 @02:53AM (#5527525) Homepage
    With a bit of work (And hopefully photos of my new house and this setup upcoming) a wraparound TV isn't all that impossible. Using a wrapping screen and an LCD projector this should be only minimally hard to achive. I'll post pictures when/if I get this working in my new house. I'm thinking of throwing the front speakers BEHIND the wrapping screen so they aren't in the way.
  • After watching the Flintstones, I think history is long overdue for repeating itself. Remember those witty dinosaur appliances that made comments after being used, like "It's a living." I'd like to see some little computerized vending machines or toilets chiming in every once in awhile (i.e "You should be drinking Coke not Pepsi" or "Damn what have you been eating???") It would brighten everyone's day and help us make the transition from the Flintstones to the Jetsons.

  • by trelanexiph (605826) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:01AM (#5527547) Homepage
    This sounds cool, but really it's not going to be easy, or desirable. The automatic darkening lenses are nowhere near perfect, and don't notice sunlight but UV light. Ask anyone who wears them in a car, they don't darken because the windows/windshield have a UV coating. Quite frankly in combination with the HUD display, I'd like to see what electronics can be built into sunglasses in the future. obvious note: IANADR (I am not a Doctor, but I work with an optical lab where doctors write perscriptions for these lenses)
  • Old and bitter (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Vollernurd (232458) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:05AM (#5527564)
    Sitting here in my slippers typing by the light of an oil lamp, I wish for nothing more than:

    1) A mobile phone that works properly;
    2) Digital TV that works properly;
    3) A DSL modem where the drivers have not been coded by sadists;
    4) Good health;
    5) Peace and quiet.

    I must be getting old before my time.

    Now where's my cocoa?...
    • Re:Old and bitter (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Wirr (157970) on Monday March 17, 2003 @04:08AM (#5527710)
      You should consider moving to Germany.

      1) A mobile phone that works properly;


      Our mobile phones work flawlessly for at least 10 years now. 100% coverage and full interoperability between the diferent providers. And of course SMS and MMS.

      2) Digital TV that works properly;


      I'm using digital TV for at least 5 years now. It is fully standarized and works flawlessly including an electronic program guide on all channels.

      3) A DSL modem where the drivers have not been coded by sadists;



      You can get DSL nearly everywhere in Germany, and the drivers while not exactly works of art work quite well. I prefer hardware routers with buildin modems anyhow e.g. Draytek Routers [draytek.de]

      4) Good health;


      Well our health service is quite exellent.

      5) Peace and quiet.


      No problem either.

      • Re:Old and bitter (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2003 @05:15AM (#5527847)
        You should consider moving to Germany.

        As someone who moved from the US to Germany, I feel I need to point out a few things about your claims. Don't get me wrong, I like living here, but flawless it's not.


        1) A mobile phone that works properly;

        Our mobile phones work flawlessly for at least 10 years now. 100% coverage and full interoperability between the diferent providers. And of course SMS and MMS.


        And you pay out the ass for it. Phone service here is ridiculously expensive compared to that of the US. For 30$ a month in the US you can call anyone anywhere for some huge amount of minutes (when I was there it'd by you 2000 minutes) compared to here where you get charged extra when you call someone on a different provider. Hardly anyone uses text messages there because it's so damn cheap to just call the person and have a quick conversation. This carries over into the normal market here where deutsche telekom bends you over the desk every chance they get, compared to the US where *gasp* local calls are free.


        2) Digital TV that works properly;

        I'm using digital TV for at least 5 years now. It is fully standarized and works flawlessly including an electronic program guide on all channels.


        I haven't really seen much digital tv here, perhaps because it's not very widespread, or perhaps it's so widespread that nobody notices it. Maybe I even have it because I've got the teletext electronic program guide you're talking about (which sucks btw-looks like it was written for the Atari without the fun and even worse 'playability' even though there are a lot more buttons on a remote than the original joystick). If this qualifies me as a digital cable subscriber, I can tell you that it isn't flawless. Several of my channels have varying degrees of fuzziness (snow) at varying times throughout the day.


        3) A DSL modem where the drivers have not been coded by sadists;

        You can get DSL nearly everywhere in Germany, and the drivers while not exactly works of art work quite well. I prefer hardware routers with buildin modems anyhow e.g. Draytek Routers [draytek.de]


        The original poster was complaining about the quality of DSL modems, not the availability. I agree that it's available here, but it's still expensive in my opinion (55$ for 1.5 down, but only up to 5000MB, and then you start paying by the MB), thank you Deutsche Telekom. The quality of modems shouldn't really be limited by geography, so I'll just move on to the next point.


        4) Good health;
        Well our health service is quite exellent.


        For how long? The social system here is almost to the point of no return. Granted, a large majority of the problem isn't directly related to the health care, but mostly due to unemployed people taking advantage of the system. I pay roughly 50% in taxes so people can sit around on their couch and watch TV. I support health care and wouldn't mind if that was the only place that the money was spent, but in the future the Germany economy and social system as a whole will take it on the chin. The population here is getting smaller which could result into a collapse, as the base of the pyramid gets smaller than the top.


        5) Peace and quiet.
        No problem either.


        I agree with this. If you want peace and quiet, this is the place to come. Don't even think about going shopping after after 8pm during the week, 4pm on Saturday or at all on Sunday. Everything's dead because all the stores are closed, so peace and quiet is not a problem, but not very convenient.

        I have a few other problems with this country as well, but there are a lot positive aspects too (good beer, driving as fast as you want on the autobahn-2 things not to be done together, btw). I enjoy the country on the whole and plan to stay another 2 years or so, but I just figured if the original poster was actually going to consider moving to Germany, he should get both sides.
  • Paper (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fredrikj (629833) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:10AM (#5527579) Homepage
    Light-emitting polymers aside, I think one much more interesting field of progress is paper-based dynamic displays. I recently watched a feature about this, and it seems that the technology isn't far off.

    But why paper? Because, unlike any kind of polymers that we'll know of in the near future, paper is cheap as heck. Paper also provides excellent contrast and is pleasant to read off. Not to mention the ability to draw stuff on top of it with a regular pen.

    I would personally not be surprised if paper-based computer displays rule the earth in ten years.
    • The "paper-based displays" (eInk and the like) aren't really made of paper--they are some complicated construct made out of various polymers. They have some advantages over OLEDs, but it's up in the air whether they are going to be cheaper.
  • by edog1203 (193278) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:23AM (#5527630)
    "Smell you later" replaces "goodbye" in the English language.
  • by shiningsun (659627) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:29AM (#5527647)
    Shouldn't they be predicting that Apple will be out of business by 2013?
  • by g4dget (579145) on Monday March 17, 2003 @03:41AM (#5527674)
    To make something like that go, we need better battery technologies, better wireless technologies, better display technologies, and better processors. Let's see, those are being developed by a lot of small companies and some big ones like Toshiba, Ericsson, Kodak, TransMeta, Via, etc. Whether we get nifty looking designs like that write-PDA/telephone depends entirely whether those other companies manage to pull off the enabling technologies. It seems almost insulting to give the kudos to the design company that then puts them together in a nice looking but functionally fairly obvious package.

    And I don't actually foresee all those things coming about so fast anyway. Small OLED screens will hopefully be widespread in 10 years, but they'll still be expensive as wall covering. Noise cancelation of non-periodic signals is hard. And the market for mood-ring-contact-lenses seems even smaller than the market for mood rings.

  • by fluxrad (125130) on Monday March 17, 2003 @04:23AM (#5527742) Homepage
    Playstation 9!

  • Wheres my $%!#$! flying car, hotdamnit!?!?!?!! And I'm still waiting on my moon vacation and immune system nanorobots.

  • 1. Universal healthcare
    2. Alternate fuel technology which is less polluting
    3. US stops deterring democracy in the third world
  • by StrawberryFrog (67065) on Monday March 17, 2003 @04:58AM (#5527812) Homepage Journal
    1) A cure for HIV that is cheap enough to be rolled out in Africa. Failing a cure, a vaccine to stop new infection would also halt the pandemic.

    2) A method of world governance that rids us of rogue states that persecute their own populations (Saddam, North Korea et al) and also curbs rogue states with semi-democratically elected leaders who want to attack other states on dodgy pretexts (GWB I'm looking at you)

    3) An end to the tech slump, sustained growth in IT sectors, more coding jobs for me!

    4) Moore's observation to continue to hold true, more better toys getting cheaper.

    5) Following on from that, widespread internet rollouts in the third world. The street finds it's own uses for technology, and the villages will find their own uses for information and commication.

    6) Open source software to keep getting better, no more constrictive tech monopolies, and end to DVD region coding and hard crypto staying legal.

    • 1) A cure for HIV that is cheap enough to be rolled out in Africa.

      There are already several treatments for HIV and the symptoms of AIDS that are quite cheap - that is, cheap to produce. However most (but not all [wangonet.org]) of the western pharmaceutical companies refuse to license them at discounted rates because they're such a cash cow. Which means that tens of millions are facing death simply because drugs company execs are unwilling to sacrifice their bottom lines.

      Which is sickening.

      Some links: South Africa fig [guardian.co.uk]
      • There are already several treatments for HIV and the symptoms of AIDS that are quite cheap

        nevirapine et all, as I understand it, can supress the effects of HIV, perhaps even indefinitely. However they do not cure the disease, which will resume when treatment is stopped.

        I'm not a medical expert, but my "cure" I was envisaging a therapy that would end in the patient being HIV free with no ongoing treatment. Similarly, a "vacine" would prevent a person from infection. A person on Nevirapine can still tran

      • > There are already several treatments for HIV and the symptoms of AIDS that are quite cheap - that is, cheap to produce. However most (but not all [wangonet.org]) of the western pharmaceutical companies refuse to license them at discounted rates because they're such a cash cow. Which means that tens of millions are facing death simply because drugs company execs are unwilling to sacrifice their bottom lines.

        That problem will be solved by 2013. Or 2016 at the latest. It's called "patented".

        Unli

    • Contradiction? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Dirk Pitt (90561)
      world governance...rids us of rogue states that persecute their own populations (Saddam)... and ... curbs rogue states with semi-democratically elected leaders who want to attack other states on dodgy pretexts

      This contains everything that seems to be wrong with people's concerns about war -- please explain it if I'm misunderstanding. You seem to believe that Iraq is a rogue state, the gov't does slaughter its own population, and that it would be generally a better world should Saddam et. al. be usurped.

      Bu

  • I want to ask something to google and instead of returning a page that talks about what I asked, returns the answer, a comprehensive explanation, etc, and that could be based on where and who I am.

    Imagine if google news don't return several link to the "same topic" article, but an article of their own, objetive, something made taking in account what say every source and makes its own version. And then, imagine that at internet level, not just for news (of course, giving they own version and links to the s

  • by CPgrower (644022) on Monday March 17, 2003 @05:28AM (#5527872)
    Hopefully by 2013 we'll be using a new email protocol with server authentication. Didn't the author of Q-mail suggest such an implementation?

    rob

  • Contacts? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by RzUpAnmsCwrds (262647) on Monday March 17, 2003 @05:36AM (#5527891)
    Personally, I think sunglass contacts will NEVER catch on.

    Contacts require:

    - Prescription fitting (you definately should see an opthamologist before wearing them)
    - Careful application
    - Rewetting in dry climates
    - Cleaning/disposal

    Sunglasses will always be cheaper than sunglass-contacts because of those reasons.
  • The Goggles (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Boarder Lord (658902)
    I think, the goggles with integrated display will have some future. Imagine this: A HUD-Display, connected through bluetooth to some Laptop (maybe in your backpack) could give you a huge amount of information. GPS-Navigation, E-Mail, Traffic-Warnings. Connect it to a small digicam, run a persons face through a recognition-software.Lookup the result in your databse et voila: Name, Birthdate right in front of you.
  • What is it with people and phone/watches?
  • ...is disturbingly similar to the "Wall Screens" in Farenheit 451. I wonder how long it will be until Microsoft starts offering their "Ultimate TV" with personalization capabilities that are made to work with digitally created talk show hosts, news anchors, etc. that call you by your name, can see you through video cameras, and change the programming depending on what your do or say in the room. It'll be interesting...
  • How about... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by fizban (58094)
    ... fucking world peace, god damnit.

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