Computers are getting smaller and smaller.
But what if we had sensors the size of dust, that could float through the air undetected, talk to one another, gather information, and transmit that information back down to a central place? This is the concept behind smart dust, and it’s more plausible than you might think.
- Amy Webb, quantitative futurist and founder of the Future Today Institute
- Faine Greenwood, journalist and drone expert
- Stacey Higginbotham, journalist, co-host of the Internet of Things podcast
- Future Today Institute Tech Trends Report 2018
- Smart Dust Is Coming, Are You Ready?
- Two-photon direct laser writing of ultracompact multi-lens objectives
- 3D printing enables the smalles complex micro-objectives
- Smart Dust Is Coming: New Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt
- Smart Dust and Sensory Swarms and OpenWSN (Kris Pister talk at UC Berkeley)
- DTIC ADA464105: Dynamic Resource Allocation for a Sensor Network
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In each episode, host Rose Eveleth takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario — everything from the existence of artificial wombs, to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a black market for fecal transplants? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) By combining audio drama and deep reporting, Flash Forward gives listeners an original and unique window into the future, how likely different scenarios might be, and how to prepare for what might come.