Future Tech

What will future technology look like and what will it do? Explore the possibilities.


Dipping fruit in a 1-percent silk fibroin water solution could help with the world's massive food waste problem.

Google's safe browsing tool flags any hanky-panky going on at a particular Web address. This week one of the sites it dubbed "partially dangerous" was Google.com.

Imagine slipping in a pair of ear buds for half an hour or so and feeling way better after. And not just from the tunes.

A string of restaurants in Guangzhou, China, made headlines this month by terminating their robotic waitstaff. What does this mean for the future of robotic restaurants?

You know those little rings of sucker teeth on squid? They could prove useful for more than just snaring would-be prey.

Sure, Intel still makes processors, but what else has the company been up to? And what in the world is an adrenaline dress?

How do we teach our future robotic helpers to have a moral sense? We may have to treat them like human children, exposing them to the same human folk stories.

Scientists have developed a new material that remembers shape through heat. Applications could range from wound dressings to awesome jeans.

A Japanese company is betting that it can produce half a million heads of lettuce every day in its new "vegetable factory" run mainly by robots.

Men whose sperm are weak swimmers have a tougher time producing offspring. But German scientists want to equip these sperm with tiny motors to move them along.

Ninety-five years ago today, theatergoers watched the first performance of a new play called "R.U.R.," the same one that introduced the world to the word "robot."

The wheeled robot VertiGo can drive on vertical surfaces with speed and agility. Could this be the basis for a hot new toy, or groundbreaking tech? Or both?

HowStuffWorks cruised the CES Unveiled event like kids in a candy store. Here's what they got excited about.

Infinitesimally tiny nanosubmersibles recently developed by scientists could be used in medical and other applications.

Are those visions of sugarplums? Eh, maybe they're just neurons firing. Either way, researchers in Copenhagen looked into the workings of Christmas spirit in the brain.

Does this new development mean we're well on our way to creating organic electronics? Perhaps every rose has its ... electro-cyborg tech.

Remember Elon Musk's idea for pods that would get you from L.A. to San Francisco in a mere 30 minutes? That proposal is still alive, and folks are itching to test it.

Yep, humans have shared information between brains without language. But it's nowhere near telepathy.

An experimental technology could not only remove planet-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but also use it to build everything from skyscrapers to cars.

Those T-shaped hooks of Velcro really are ingenious. For their next trick, they'll help to repair human hearts.

Researchers are developing tiny flying robots that can do many things bees do — and even some things that they can't. Could they serve as stand-ins for the real insects?

Maybe the future of autonomous vehicles doesn't lie in private ownership, but in robo taxis and buses.

We already can create a model of a human brain with a 3-D printer. But printing an actual living, working brain? That'll be a lot tougher.

Scientists have developed a pill that helps high-risk groups avoid getting the virus.

Do you fear death? Enough that you'd want to try to cheat death as a digital version of yourself? Scientists around the globe are working on it, and some think this idea will be reality in just a few decades.