The great Dr. Nakamats, inventor of the floppy disc, the karaoke machine, and a few thousand other things (literally), gave an informal talk at Show Cave last week. It was more of a question-and-answer session than a lecture, and there seemed to be a lot of gems in what he said, though I had trouble understanding a lot of it-- he spoke quietly, he held the mic far away, and he has a heavy (but adorable!) accent.
I took a few notes on what I did understand, and I'll copy them here for you. I may provide more explanation later. Just ask.
-yes, he saw some in USA but he's not supposed to talk about it. They were about 150 cm tall & blue-white. They looked "like octopus but also not like octopus." They had a wet surface.
The future- are you pessimistic/optimistic?
-it depends on you
-global catastrophe: probably not in the next 100 years
What do you think of 3D technology?
-avatar, etc use old 3D technology. The one he invented does not require glasses. So don't buy 3D TVs until his 3D tv comes out.
-Most people will always choose the easy way of doing things. Choose the more difficult way, but always w/ love.