Technological Fantasies

This page corresponds to the TechFantasies.Org domain name, which was created to match an organization in an experimental novel.  It now has other purposes.

Fanciful World Changing DeviceThe novel Society Changed includes the story of a non-profit organization called Technological Fantasies and its descendant, Social Technology. See my Books website for more information. Please also look at my Social Technology website which is about the concept behind behind this omnibus book.   A serious problem with the book is my naive optimism. I did not foresee the potential damage of a few pieces of social technology, such as recursive exhaustion, which enables the very large scale collection of social data.

The original Technological Fantasies Organization reflected my optimistic view that social technology would end up making society work. That may still be true, but I am no longer so certain it will. Recursive exhaustion in particular could just as easily destroy society altogether.

The fictional organization in Society Changed was created by three highly educated people who wanted to change the future.   They were most concerned about matching people to others, to jobs, to projects and to ideas.   Among the ideas they entertained were many which could be called technological fantasies.

Technological Fantasies are fantasies or daydreams involving the creation and use of technology, especially new technology, and might also be described as unimplemented inventions. The organization’s website, TechFantasies.Org collected such fantasies and tried to communicate them to people who might do something useful with them, perhaps turning fantasy intro reality. The use of a hi-tech conversational interface was envisioned, but the underlying approach would be similar to the use of a database to collect and organize software development projects at SourceForge or GitHub.

I used to have a very different web site of this name, expensively hosted with its own domain name. Should have kept it alive regardless of cost, but didn’t. Anyway, I have have many technological fantasies and hope you have more. Here are some of mine which evolved during the writing of a giant novel called, of course, Technological Fantasies — now incorporated into Society Changed.

1. A system to make it very easy to find excellent jobs and interpersonal relationships, thus fine tuning your social environment, quickly and easily. Please see the main Social Technology site.

2. Practical immortality in a virtual world, but an actual transfer of personality to that medium, not just creation of a copy. See the Practical Immortality website and blog listed here for more information.

3. Small computers which are entirely wireless, getting power from sunlight, communicating by digital radio. One example from the book is a computer the size of a grain of sand. In that chapter one of the characters displays a whole handfull of such sand, which can not only communicate by digital radio but display text across the combined surfaces of the grains, which have microscopic LEDs on all surfaces. Indeed, using piezoelectric effects, this handfull of sand can receive and process spoken sound, then reply, again with piezoelectric vibrations.

4. A device to be worn, which has enough computer power and powerful enough digital radio links to other computers so it can draw on an enormous computing network. As well as the simple task of acting as a portable phone, this device would support a variety of simple but powerful commands. In the book I mention many, but in particular SysTalk which does not take contact information for any person as a parameter, but simply scans the globe for the best possible match, the person who is the best for you to talk to at that moment, (and the most likely to be free to take your call). Another command is SysTeach, which also takes no parameters but just begins or continues a lesson that is the most appropriate for you at that moment.

Oh, many many more things, my technological fantasies. I would like to hear yours.