Speaking of being connected: According to the University of Southern California-Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, many Internet users feel as strongly about their virtual worlds as they do about the real world. This should not be a surprise to anybody who has met a fan of, say, Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- the ability of enthusiasts to absorb themselves in fictional universes can be amazing -- but apparently the authors of the study find it significant. Will we ever come to the point where digital divers will spend most, or all, of their waking hours in virtual realities? Time alone will tell. (Incidentally, there is at least one positive outcome of this trend, according to the study: 49% of users participate more in social activism since they became involved in online communities.)
Finally, on a more practical level, Xerox says it has invented printing technology that creates images that last only a day. The good part is that this Erasable Paper could lead to fewer dead trees, since paper will be able to be used over and over again. The better part -- at least, if you're fond of writing point pen letters -- is that the really nasty missive you wrote to your irritating coworker will disappear within a day, leaving nothing that your boss could later object to.
Any other interesting inventions, gadgets, or future tech that you've come across that you'd like to tell about?