Were All The Good Science Fiction Ideas Already Taken?
from the benign-inspiration dept
Science fiction often inspires, if not predicts, real scientific developments. But animated fiction? Yes, two professors are now working on a "teleporting" mechanism inspired by claymation such as Wallace and Gromit, the popular animated duo of movie fame. Sounds kind of dubious, but when you read the details it sounds fairly straightforward. The goal is to digitize an object, send it over a network, and reproduce it with synthetic particles on the other end. So you could have a live representation of, say, someone during a videoconference. It actually sounds less like teleporting and more like Star Wars (live holographic images of people beamed across space) meets rapid prototyping (replicating an image with synthetic particles). Still, it could be pretty interesting, even if it's a ways off. Maybe in the meantime they can develop one of those pairs of pants that lets you walk on the ceiling.