Future Tech

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

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Wouldn't it be cool if a maglev elevator could move in any direction, instead of just up and down? A German company created a cable-free one called the MULTI that can.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Infant fingerprints are tough to detect, but new technology can fix that. Here's why it's needed.

By Alia Hoyt

The Pilot, created by Waverly Labs, is a wearable device that's hoping to get us one step closer to the Babel Fish and Star Trek's universal translator.

By Laurie L. Dove

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If you'd bet $20 on the swarm intelligence platform's Superfecta picks, announced a day before the race, you'd have won more than $10,000. Yep, this just got interesting.

By Jonathan Strickland

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.

By Rachel Pendergrass

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?

By Robert Lamb

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

By Robert Lamb

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

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Alia Hoyt

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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.

By Maria Trimarchi

Thanks to giant leaps in science, the latest circuits and electronic components can bend and stretch. What could we do with this groundbreaking tech? Well, a battery you can wear on your skin would be nice.

By Beth Brindle

Flying cars! Colonies on Mars! Yes, science fiction has gotten a lot of predictions wrong. But what's remarkable is how much it got right.

By Alison Cooper

It's no secret that tech is ever-shrinking, but is it small enough to put a camera right on your eye in contact-lens form? Google's got a patent, but how close to market is the idea?

By Bernadette Johnson

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If you thought Google Glass and driverless cars were out there, then you ain't seen nothing yet. How about a throat tattoo microphone or a keyboard that projects on your hand? These are two other strange patents Google owns. What are some others?

By Patrick J. Kiger

Imagine heating or cooling yourself at any time without relying on air conditioning. That's the premise behind Wristify, a thermoelectric bracelet that regulates body temperature (or at least your perception of it) with rapid hot or cold pulses.

By Chris Opfer

Light speed is considered the universal speed limit of everything, but if you make a hard-and-fast rule, someone will try to disprove it, or at least find a loophole. Is information transfer capable of pulling into the passing lane?

By Bernadette Johnson

People often think of virtual reality as a solely recreational pursuit, but doctors and scientists are using the technology in a variety of therapeutic ways, helping people recover from psychological and physical ailments.

By Kate Kershner

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In the 1950s and '60s people used to talk about the home of the future, with automatic sliding panels and robot servants. It doesn't look like that yet, so what will the future really bring?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

It might not have the same bedside manner as your doctor, but, yes, a robot might just save your life. Can an artificial intelligence system diagnose your symptoms better than a human can?

By Patrick J. Kiger

While high-tech classrooms aren't universal yet, technology is indisputably a part of modern education systems. We'll explore the trends for classroom technology in this article.

By Kate Kershner

In a sense, "Dr. Computer" is already here – surgical robots and Web searches for medical advice attest to that. But will computers one day make human doctors completely obsolete?

By Shanna Freeman

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Whether people are posting for silly reasons or serious ones, there's no question that Twitter is a social media staple. But how did it get there? And has it really revolutionized the way we communicate online?

By Nathan Chandler

Making it around the world in 80 days really isn’t anything to brag about today: The ISS does it in less than 90 minutes. But for those of us who are a little closer to the ground, we’re always looking for ways to make travel faster -- and in some rare cases, into something completely new.

By Cherise Threewitt