I love it when something I have read about in Science Fiction is brought into the real world. I’ve dreamt about a flying car for a long time, along with a great deal else.
Often there are false starts that the newspapers and website announce, but after reading past the sensationalist headline, the reality is less than I was hoping for.
The way my brain works is often like a giant check-list. I write in a outlining manner too, which is mostly due to creating so many training and technical manuals. So I can keep up with where we are, I have decided to create a structured check-list of the various items I come across. Feel free to send me items too, I would love that.
This is where my Scientific Logica brain takes over. So as to determine how close we are to these common Science Fiction nirvanas, I’ve created a scale to help judge: “Are We There Yet?”
This is the scale and what I loosely determine the value is:
- Written about in Sci Fi
- Translation of idea into a research proposal / hypothesis
- Research into subject is reported
- Minor research success / breakthrough
- Major research success / breakthrough
- Partially working prototype
- Test product / Beta / pilot
- Innovative full product released (innovators)
- Item is used by some people (Early Adopters)
- Item is in everyday use (Early Majority)
The scale is not yet definitive and I will probably tweak it as I go along.
The following are the general Categories that I will start to fill up:
- Chemistry and Materials
- Physics and Big Ideas
- Weaponry & Defence
Whilst compiling the scale I came acros a number of different classification schemes that I have either used as a basis for my scale or have stole from outrageously.
I also like the “ruler for advancement” from the Glenn Research Centre, which boils an idea or technology down on to a simplified five point. This is an easy visual indicator of where they think a technology currently lies.