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Happy 50th Birthday IFL

50 years ago Independent Fisheries Ltd came in to existance.

May I be there for its 100th!
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I wonder what technology will be like in 50 years... : )

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On Tue, 01 Dec 2009 15:40:05 GMT, "Susan" <nscv.sysop.susan@myrealbox.com>
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>I wonder what technology will be like in 50 years... : )


Well, you may not be old enough to remember, but I remember some of the
predictions from 50 years ago. There was the Popular Mechanics issue from
1953 (I believe it was) that predicted that we would all be living in
semi-buried houses with heli-pads for roofs by 2003. On the other hand,
even the science fictions writers of the '50s assumed that computers would
still be big enough to fill large rooms for the indefinite futre.

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Susan wrote:

> I wonder what technology will be like in 50 years... : )


'tis a good question. There used to be a show broadcast here, in the
90s I think, called "Beyond 2000". One interesting technology that I
can recall was 'persistent memory', memory whose state would remain
unchanged even without power!
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On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:25:16 GMT, "Scott Campbell" <potato@potato.potato>
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>'tis a good question. There used to be a show broadcast here, in the
>90s I think, called "Beyond 2000". One interesting technology that I
>can recall was 'persistent memory', memory whose state would remain
>unchanged even without power!


Interesting prediction for the '90s, considering that bubble memory was on
the market in the '70s.

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Scott:

Persistent memory already exists!. I have an elderly friend, in her
mid-80's, who experienced something as a child that she STILL hangs
onto. That's persistent memory!

I think we had the Beyond 2000 show here, also. I vaguely recall
something with that name. It would be very nice to be able to peek
into the future and see what it will be like. With the way technology
has been going, I have trouble imagining how it might be that far
ahead. We certainly won't be using computers the same way we do, now.
: )

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Donald Albury wrote:

> Interesting prediction for the '90s, considering that bubble memory
> was on the market in the '70s.


I was probably a little young / not interested enough to pick up on the
specifics of the 'breakthrough'. It may have been a development which
was expected to lead to mass development of high volume, high density
manufacturing.

And it also looks like it may well have been the 80s :-[
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Susan wrote:

> Persistent memory already exists!. I have an elderly friend, in her
> mid-80's, who experienced something as a child that she STILL hangs
> onto. That's persistent memory!


LOL! But that is filtered and interpretted presistent memory 😉

> It would be very nice to be able to peek
> into the future and see what it will be like.


It would indeed.

> With the way technology has been going, I have trouble imagining
> how it might be that far ahead.


At the disparate and increasing acceleration of technological advances
around the world, I don't think many people can. It's the visionaries
who can see the possibilities of each thread in the technology story
and combine them ways never concieved of.

Does the emerging technology and theories inspire the Scifi authors, or
do they inspire the technologists? 🙂
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On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 17:52:10 GMT, "Scott Campbell" <potato@potato.potato>
wrote:

>Donald Albury wrote:
>
>> Interesting prediction for the '90s, considering that bubble memory
>> was on the market in the '70s.

>
>I was probably a little young / not interested enough to pick up on the
>specifics of the 'breakthrough'. It may have been a development which
>was expected to lead to mass development of high volume, high density
>manufacturing.


Bubble memory lost out because both disk drives and dynamic RAM turned out
to be cheaper, denser, and faster. The advantage wasn't necessarily obvious
in the beginning. The first hard disk drive I saw was a 5 megaByter for the
TRS-80 Model 4. It was in a case about the size of the original IBM PC, and
cost several thousand dollars.
>
>And it also looks like it may well have been the 80s :-[


Flash memory came along in the '80s.

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Donald Albury wrote:

> > And it also looks like it may well have been the 80s :-[


^ the show that is 😉

> Flash memory came along in the '80s.


Then I'd say it was probably flash memory they were talking about. 🙂
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On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 18:05:55 GMT, "Scott Campbell" <potato@potato.potato>
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>Does the emerging technology and theories inspire the Scifi authors, or
>do they inspire the technologists? 🙂


What a tangled web to unweave. There are some remarkjable correspondences.
Arthur C. Clarke's idea of geostationary communications satellites may have
contributed to the development of the real ones. On the other hand, I don't
think that the away-team communication devices that folded up and fit in a
back pocket on the first season of Star Trak had much to do with the
development of flip-phones.

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Donald Albury,
>
> What a tangled web to unweave. There are some remarkjable correspondences.
> Arthur C. Clarke's idea of geostationary communications satellites may have
> contributed to the development of the real ones. On the other hand, I don't
> think that the away-team communication devices that folded up and fit in a
> back pocket on the first season of Star Trak had much to do with the
> development of flip-phones.
>


Robert A. Heinlein is considered the first person to have had the idea
for the waterbed (it appeared in Stranger in a Strange Land, if memory
serves).


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On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 19:43:07 GMT, DougB <dougdotblack@geemail.com> wrote:

>Robert A. Heinlein is considered the first person to have had the idea
>for the waterbed (it appeared in Stranger in a Strange Land, if memory
>serves).


I didn't remember that, but then it's been more than 45 years since I read
the book.

Donald Albury
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Donald Albury,
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> I didn't remember that, but then it's been more than 45 years since I read
> the book.
>


That's understandable; it's been a mere 35 years for me. 😉
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On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 21:39:55 GMT, DougB <dougdotblack@geemail.com> wrote:

>That's understandable; it's been a mere 35 years for me. 😉


Last year when I was working at the library one of my fellow workers, a
young lady, was reading the book. I thought about saying something to her
about it, but I wasn't sure how to do so without sounding like a dirty old
man. <g>

Donald Albury
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