A new way to recover almost 100 percent of the water from highly concentrated salt solutions has now been developed by researchers. The system will alleviate water shortages in arid regions and reduce concerns surrounding high salinity brine disposal, such as hydraulic fracturing waste.
Over the past century, science specialised and branched off into such areas of genetics, quantum physics, astrophysics, neuroscience, molecular biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. But the past decade has seen a gradual convergence of established specialist areas. These include; nanotechnology and medicine; psychology, artificial intelligence and robotics; genetics and bio-engineering. the convergence is leading to another explosive acceleration of scientific developments and our lives are changing even more rapidly than ever before.
Writers of fiction are struggling to stay ahead of the loop. Gone are the days when Asimov was able to predict scientific developments. The proliferation of developments resulting from the convergences is astounding.
When writing ‘Nanopunk’, I researched developments in various sciences and extrapolated logical convergencies. By the time I completed the final draft, I’d search for ideas I had and discover a laboratory somewhere was already exploring the possibility.
The resources here on SoftMachine.net reflect that convergence as a resource for writers and researchers.