THE RE­AL­ITY OF SCI­ENCE FIC­TION

HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Note -

To­day’s tech­nol­ogy is of­ten yes­ter­day’s sci­ence fic­tion. As we grad­u­ally get com­fort­able with the smart de­vices in our lives and come to terms with our need for al­ways-on con­nec­tiv­ity to the in­ter­net-pow­ered hive mind that is the so­cial net­work, there are still many other facets of tech­nol­ogy that are be­ing re­searched on and de­vel­oped—from cre­at­ing syn­thetic bac­te­ria and nan­otech­nol­ogy to un­der­stand­ing the vast­ness of space and time. One day, we tell our­selves th­ese tech­nolo­gies would be­come a norm for the next gen­er­a­tion, but what if we’re al­ready liv­ing in it?

For this is­sue of HWM, we tore our­selves away from star­ing at the lit­tle screens in our hands and the con­tin­ued fascination with how small we can make a dot go to ex­plore a world pow­ered by sci­ence fic­tion…or per­haps I should call it sci­ence fact. In this world, robots are real and they’re al­ready ag­ile and au­ton­o­mous, cars can drive them­selves bet­ter than you, ex­oskele­ton suits that en­hance one’s strength are al­ready be­ing de­ployed, plus there are ac­tu­ally peo­ple who will­ingly strap them­selves onto a rocket with wheels out­side of a Wi­ley E. Coy­ote car­toon. I’m per­son­ally hop­ing space travel will hap­pen in my lifetime and bet­ter yet, given a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence it. It could the re­view I was des­tined to write about.

But for now, we’ve still got a mag­a­zine to pro­duce. Although we’ve let our in­ner geeks run loose, this month’s HWM is still chock full of gad­get in­sights and reviews you’ve come to know us for. Next month: tech hor­ror show!

Zachary Chan

ED­I­TOR

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