Which is fine by me: her example may get me fired up to actually finish one of my bright ideas.
Years ago, I jotted down a few notes about a nifty far-future technology: material that could form itself into many different shapes. It's not a particularly new idea. The heavy in one of the Terminator was 'living metal.' Extremely mutable creatures and devices are an old gimmick in science fiction - including a sort of assassin robot that disguises itself as a section of floor to let an unsuspecting guard walk over it. Just like in Terminator 2: where the scene is such a close match to the old story that I have to assume that it's a tribute.
I'd give title and author of the story - but, despite cudgeling my mind: I can't recall. Mars is involved, as I recall - but that doesn't narrow the field by much.
With my luck, I'll remember at 3:00 a.m. and get jerked awake by the part of my brain that was in 'search' mode.
Wrenching myself back on-topic.
My contribution to the notion of mutable technology, if I'd gotten past the note-making stage, would have been using it for control interfaces. The idea was to have a slab of material that could be, as needed, a keyboard, a control yoke, tuning knobs, whatever.
Which I assumed - this was around the turn of the century - would be a hundred or so years out.
So, Tuesday, I read about claytronics:
- "Programmable Matter: Today, Robotic Origami; Tomorrow, Claytronics"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (June 29, 2010)
I really doubt that it'll take a century to get claytronics ready for consumer tech.
A decade, maybe.
This is hardly an original thought: but one of the challenges for creators of speculative fiction is to imagine 'future technology' that won't be available in department stores in a year or two.