It's an odd feeling when your life could be a setting for a William Gibson sci-fi novel. This morning I finished the code for the Lego UAV that navigates using a Bluetooth GPS receiver (the world's second Lego GPS bot, I think). This afternoon, we went to beach with the kids and I started Gibson's latest, Spook Country, which he's said is set in a present that represents the arrival of the future predicted in his previous books.
- On page one, the bleeding edge of the present is illustrated by a Lego robot.
- On page two, the protagonist's future-arrived credentials are that she writes for Node, a "European version of Wired."
- Later on page two, we learn that the Lego robot is carrying a GPS sensor.
Given that the editor of Wired created the world's second GPS-enabled Lego robot on the very morning he read that, I'd say that Gibson's grasp of the present is impeccable.