Like any good science fiction story, I am thinking of including a specially programmed artificial intelligence in my dinosaur book. Since the experiment already includes advanced genetic engineering and terraforming, it would make sense that there would be an advanced artificial intelligence to help supervise the stability of the manmade ecosystem. However, this artificial intelligence becomes too good at what it is programmed to do. This will result in some long term problems for the world outside of the experiment. It won’t be anything like the Terminator scenario, but it will still have a negative impact on human civilization. Instead of using technology to threaten humanity, this artificial intelligence will wield natural forces.
In The Grand Tour, the boys try to break a water speed record by building a fast amphibious car that they called the Pond Bug. James May and Richard Hammond were in charge of building the car while Jeremy Clarkson was the driver. However, James and Hammond ended up making the car’s controls mind-bogglingly complicated. Later, it was revealed that James and Hammond purposely made the Pond Bug a death trap and it failed to kill Jeremy. The boys get a lot of things wrong and they can’t even get a death trap right.
I have always been a fan of the Terminator franchise and I am looking forward to the new film Dark Fate. In this film, we are introduced to a new villainous Terminator known as the REV-9. Based on the trailer, the REV-9 is essentially a fusion between the robotic endoskeleton of the T-800 and the liquid metal coating of the T-1000. This makes it similar to the TX from Rise of the Machines, but unlike the TX, the endoskeleton and the liquid metal can operate independently from one another. This way, you get two Terminator units in one, which makes it twice as deadly as previous models and will mean double the trouble the heroes will go through. I look forward to seeing what other nasty surprises this new Terminator unit has up its metallic sleeves. One thing is certain; I don’t want to be terminated by this thing.
In the Curiosity Stream documentaries, I discovered several segments that talked about the concept of megacities. We often think we can build cities horizontally forever, but the truth is that the Earth’s surface is finite. As our population grows, it would make sense to build cities vertically to accommodate our increasing numbers. Megacities are essentially super sized skyscrapers and can house tens of thousands of residents. Some megacities could be built on land, on artificial islands in the middle of the ocean, be 3D printed, or have plants and jungles growing from their walls. I am thinking of featuring a megacity in my new superhero series that could house a quarter million residents. It will be the last of its kind.
Tonight, I hit the mother load! I came across this streaming website called Curiosity Stream, which features all the documentaries I will ever need for inspiration for my books. The genres the documentaries came in included history and science. The history documentaries will come in handy while writing my fantasy books because there are plenty of medieval documentaries. The science documentaries will come in handy with my science fiction and superhero books due to having futuristic and biological documentaries. I look forward to start watching everything this website has to offer and I will share what I have learned with you.
One of the strangest concepts in science fiction would be the ability to transfer your essence into a new body. What would you do if you were given the chance to live again in another body? I was first introduced to the concept in the Legends Star Wars stories where Emperor Palpatine escaped death by mass producing clones of himself and using the dark side of the Force to transfer his mind to one of these clones. Each time Palpatine died, he repeated the process and transferred his essence into another clone. In my new superhero series, I will be including a unique version of essence transfer and it will involve quite the plot twist.
Remember when superheroes would change into their uniforms in phone booths before doing heroics? What if there was a faster way to change into your superhero uniform? As I write my new superhero series, I realized that since the story will take place five thousand years in the future, the suits the heroes will use would be fundamentally different than anything you can find today. In most superhero stories, super suits are made of materials ranging from kevlar, leather, or silk among countless others. Still, all of those materials are primitive compared to the possibilities of nanotechnology. When a superhero’s suit is made from nanotechnology, it can compensate for many of the weaknesses of other materials. For example, most suits are not able to repair themselves when they sustain damage and some do not provide enough protection or flexibility in combat. Because nanotechnology is highly malleable, it has ways to compensate for these shortcomings. Due to the fact that nanites are a mass of microscopic robots interlocked together, they can provide a form of shock absorption like a suit of armor. Unlike a suit of armor, which is a set of metal plates, a nanite suit has much more flexibility and mobility without sacrificing durability. When the mass is damaged, the nanites can just reform themselves as though they were never damaged. When not in use, you can house the nanites in a container that you could carry with you. When the need arises, you can open the container and the nanites will coat you in your suit in a moment’s notice. This saves a tremendous amount of time when changing into your uniform. I did something similar in my Young Guardians Series, but I intend to take it to a new level in my new superhero series.
While watching the Top Gear boys’ new show, The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime, they had a funny clip that showed an automotive company with the most unusual name imaginable. The hosts said that in order to search for this company, you have to look through a thousand Google pages of things you can’t unsee.
I found another video that depicted a real life lightsaber. Instead of a blade of energy, this lightsaber was a rob made from multiple metals with high melting points. Once the rod was superheated to around 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, it would glow and cut through pretty much anything. However, while the Star Wars lightsabers either cauterized or melted through anything they cut, this lightsaber not only melted and cauterized things but also set them on fire. Another feature that set it apart from Star Wars lightsabers was that its power came from a cable and power pack it was hooked up to. This was similar to the protosabers in the Legends continuity. They do not have the technology to make the lightsaber self sufficient like in the movies so they have to make do with the cable and power pack.
I found this video on Youtube and it showed a bunch of guys building a real life laser gun that was based on a weapon in the game Overwatch. The end result was quite frightening and fascinating at the same time. They showed how real life technology can create a real life science fiction weapon. I wonder how this technology would develop as its flaws are worked out.