We’re still a long ways off from achieving technologically-enabled telepathy, but a recent question-and-answer experiment by researchers at the University of Washington shows that progress is being made.
Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centers for Telx, an internet services company.
Nearly all of the world's international communication is dependent on undersea cables that carry information from coastal nation to coastal nation. This map shows how those cables connect the world, from massive continents to tiny islands.
What would scifi be without all those glorious telecommunication wristwatches? This amazing new Galaxy Gear commercial from Samsung — which features clips from Dick Tracy straight through to Predator — reminds us that the future is already here.
It's like Alien meets Bride of Frankenstein, mixed with Night of the Living Dead: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to harvest components from dead, non-working "zombie" satellites to build new ones in space, all done remotely via a grasping, mechanical arm.
Well into the age of email, we're used to lightning quick communication. Waving around old flags looks pretty silly now. But this method of signaling was once built into a revolutionary communication network, and you wouldn't believe how fast it could go.
Apparently so: as PopSci reports, "communications are vital" for vessels at sea, but deck space for "all the large antennas necessary for long-range (and often encrypted) communications" can be hard to come by.
Galaxy 15, a communications satellite 22,400 miles above the planet, refuses to obey commands sent from Earth. And it's getting perilously close to other satellites — potentially "infecting" them as well.