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When Crazy Is OK

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 07:47:17 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 07:47:17 -0500
Subject: When Crazy Is OK

Source: InfoWorld.Com - San Francisco, California, USA


February 19, 2007

When Crazy Is OK

Science lesson: Just because a technology idea is bizarre
doesn't mean it's wrong

By Steve Fox

I know a little something about crackpot technology. See, back
in the '80s, I worked at Omni, the now-defunct science/science
fiction magazine that delighted in all manifestations of
crackpottery. We wrote about cryptozoologists armed with blurry
Bigfoot photos, "face on Mars" believers, alien abductees, cold
fusion proselytes, and more.

We also interviewed world-class scientists and Nobel prize-
winners who had achieved startling breakthroughs in the course
of their distinguished careers. And - surprise! - their ideas
often sounded crazier than anything coming from the tinfoil-hat-
wearing conspiracy-theory crowd. The point being, you can't
always judge an idea based simply on plausibility.

It is in that spirit that we present this week's "12 crackpot
ideas... that just might work",


a collection of seemingly fringe technologies that, in time,
could remake IT. That is, if they don't fall flat on their faces

The process of picking the 12 topics was a blast. Associate
Editor Jason Snyder issued a challenge to InfoWorld's editors
and writers: Identify your favorite "out-there technological
innovations... with at least some possibility of having a broad-
reaching impact on IT." The ideas - accompanied by eloquent
justifications and clarifications - came pouring in, ultimately
leading to the 12 essays presented here. The whittled-down list
is an eclectic mix, ranging from the almost certifiably wacky
(superconducting computing) to the downright feasible (desktop
Web applications).

Of course, not only is the list crackpot, it's also incomplete.
That's where you come in. I invite all interested readers to
visit our Crackpot Tech blog:


and write about any not-ready-for-prime-time technologies that
might some day make a difference. But please, no Bigfoot
sightings. Omni magazine folded in 1995.

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