Wow. In Engadget, a picture and paragraph about what looks very like a newstank from Slow River, though I imaged them as a bit bigger, and, well, rounder, and the city wasn’t all post-apocalyptic. But despite those differences, the basic notion is the same, and I think that’s *awesome*:
London will be the first city to test out new bomb-proof garbage cans, which are also going to multitask as recycling bins with LCDs that stream travel info and news. Security concerns (AKA fear of terrorists dropping bombs in them) have kept rubbish bins out of subway stations and many of the city’s streets since the mid-80’s, causing frustration among citizens, not to mention what amounts to forced littering. The new cans, developed by British company Media Metrica, weigh one ton each, and were tested in the lifeless deserts of New Mexico for five years to ensure they are completely, totally indestructible, can absorb heat from explosives, prevent shrapnel spread, and extinguish “fireballs.” Eh. Put ’em in New York City — someone will surely figure out how to utterly destroy them in 24 hours or less.
Here’s the first chapter of Slow River, so you can read for yourself Lore waking up naked in the rain, in the light of a newstank. Or here’s me reading it.
I think this is very, very cool. Now if someone would just build the bioremediation water reclamation plants…
7 thoughts on “the newstank is here!”
The litter problem was solved a while back: they have these metal ring holders into which are placed clear plastic bags. Everything can be seen, and in the evnet of a bomb, there is no additional shrapnel.>>Farah
I can never really decide whether we shold put our faith in technology or just give up and turn the world over to the dolphins.
farah, a good low-tech solution–the best kind. Still, I love the notion of the newstank :)>>barbara, I’m not giving up all my nifty stuff to no stinking dolphins…
That is very cool.
Is that a child in the picture? >For some reason that looks like a young boy at the news screen.>>Can we have some of those, minus the deadly doomsday reasoning behind it? I like how they’re used in Slow River much better!
I loved this novel of yours, Nicola. It was my favorite for a long time — now I’ll have to reread all of them to see if that’s still true.>Sarah
jennifer, yep, v. cool–better without the apocalypse, though.>>janine, definitely a boy. (Why? It’s a mystery.0>>sarah, let me know what you decide. I recently reread SR for a book group discussion and found myself kind of pleased. I think it holds up (but, hey, I admit to the possibility of bias).
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