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  • 1. How Science Fiction has Influenced Technology
  • 2. Introduction
    • The Science Fiction genre is responsible for some of today’s most sophisticated technologies, such as:
      • Artificial Skin
      • Telemedicine Consultations
      • Pressure Sensing Contact Lenses
      • gCubik
      • Wasp Knife
  • 3. Artificial Skin
    • What it is:
      • A process that involves artificially growing skin directly on the body.
    • Where it came from:
      • It is similar to the “uniflesh” in Frank Herbert’s The Dosadi Experiments
        • Uniflesh – a type of artificial skin and underlying flesh
  • 4. Harvey Dent… … could use some artificial skin
  • 5. Telemedicine Consultation
    • What it is:
      • A way for doctors to consult with their patients from a remote location.
    • Where it came from:
      • A telemedicine apparatus was first used in E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops in 1909
        • Telemedicine Apparatus – A device that allows physicians to aid or examine patients from a distance.
  • 6.
    • What it is:
      • A contact lens made out of
      • polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)
      • that can sense pressure.
    • Where it came from:
      • Scleral contact lenses with
      • embedded circuitry were used in
      • Larry Nivens and Steven Barns story The California Voodoo Game in 1992.
      • Smart contact lenses with embedded circuitry were used in Verner Vinges story Fast Times at Fairmont High in 2001.
    Pressure Sensing Contact Lens
  • 7. gCubik
    • What it is:
      • A cube that is capable of
      • displaying three-dimensional
      • images.
    • Where it came from:
      • A “stereo tank” was used in Robert
      • Heinlein’s story Stranger in a
      • Strange Land in 1961
        • Stereo Tank – A receiver for three-
        • dimensional televised images.
      • A handheld projector was used for the
      • plans of the Death Star in The Empire
      • Strikes Back
  • 8.
    • What it is:
      • A knife that contains a
      • small canister of deadly
      • gas in its handle.
    • Where it came from:
      • A “Short-Wave Surgical Knife” was used in Eric Frank Russell’s 1953 novel Boomerang
        • Short-Wave Surgical Knife – A knife capable of creating an internal cut without breaking the skin.
    Wasp Knife
  • 9. Source
    • Technovelgy
      • http://www.technovelgy.com