I had this dream last night 6/28/07. It seemed vivid but could be nothing. Just in case I'm adding it to the registry. I've had some in the past that contained truths that seemed to defy the laws of probability.
I remember being in a room with some other people. Things were a blue hue and a bit hazzy. Another person was there but I can't remember exactly who. It seemed to be my mother but that doesn't exactly feel right. I was watching who ever this was playing with what looked like a holographic screen. It was in a small box and was blue. This person was asking some nonsense questions but intelligence in the box seemed to answer everything. I was now very interested. I could sense the program or intelligence in the box was getting tired of the questions but it had to do it. Finally it just stopped answering questions. This frustrated the user.
I asked politely if I could give it a try. I asked some easy questions like math equations and some trivia. I thought wow this thing is great it answers everything! I had an uneasy feeling though since this device seemed to be alive and had somewhat of a bitter personality. It seemed very impatient.
I was going to try to stump it with some questions about some graduate work I did but it still answered the question! That was esoteric knowledge too! I then asked how it knew all the answers to these questions not thinking that was a valid kind of question. It gave me a smart remark and told me to ask another question. It said it could answer any question I could think of. So I here getting frustrated and asked a stupid question "what is the next greatest technological advance man will make.". I was thinking it would get mad at that question and stop answering me.
I was surprised when it sayed something about a new metal that would be invented that was similar to copper but weighted almost nothing. I was dubious and was wondering how could it possible know that but just to play along I asked how those properties were possible for a metal? To my utter surprise I started talking about Quatum Electrodynamics and a element, can't remember which, that had something to do with Fermi and Feynman. This element would have like a twin isotope and the way the electrons were arranged would give it some unique properties of only one being extremely low density. It went on to give more details and I was wishing I had taken a quantum mechanic course back in college. I was floored - this seemed to make some sense.
I was now asking how it knew that and what database it was using? I was asking now about the machine I was talking to and how it was setup. At that point it started to ignore me.
I knew if this was true then yeah this would be the next technological leap man would make. Everything metal could be replaced with this super metal that weighed almost nothing. Space exploration would become possible, cars, boats would become more efficient. The possibility would be endless - everything we know that has to do with metal would change.
I then asked how this would change the world kind of leaving it an open question about the future. The darn machine was then telling how this would change the future. Very specific stuff. I was wait a minute your telling things that are going to happen. It answered affirmative.
I came to the sudden realization that this "machine" was not a machine in the sense you and I are used to. This was almost like some piece of alien technology had just been discovered. I was then asking the other person in the room whether or not they thought this was insane. They didn't seem to understand all the ramification of what this meant. They just liked that it could give them great cooking recipes and that sort of nonsense. I was left just starring at the machine and then my dream ended.