Future Tech

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


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We'll Need Sideways Elevators to Build Cities of the Future

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.

Fingerprint ID System for Babies Being Developed

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

Creepy Synthetic Dog Cadaver Could Revolutionize Vet Training

A company called Syndaver seeks crowdfunding for its veterinary tool in hopes to eliminate the practice of training on live animals.

How Glowforge Reimagined Laser Tech to Break Crowdfunding Records

Startup Glowforge plans to market an affordable 3-D printer that, instead of spraying layers of material to build objects, uses a laser to cut or engrave shapes.

In-ear Tech Aims to Translate Spoken Foreign Language in Real Time

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.

Would a $15 Minimum Wage Spawn a Robot-ruled Workforce?

Ex-CEO of McDonald’s USA Ed Rensi recently said it’s a bad idea to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, predicting an inevitable robot takeover. Is his argument sound?

Swarm Intelligence Correctly Predicts Top Four Kentucky Derby Finishers

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.

Edible Spider Silk Coating Keeps Fruit Fresh Without Refrigeration

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

Why Google Warned Us About

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

Headphones That Could Make You Happy

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.

Chinese Restaurants Fire Robot Servers, Forestalling Robot Apocalypse

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?

Squid Teeth and Spider Silk Heal Your Future Body

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

Getting Intel on Intel

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

How Children's Stories Could Be the Key to Creating Ethical Robots

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.

New Polymer Thinks You’re Hot Stuff

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

This Salad Brought to You by Robots

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.

Are Motorized 'Spermbots' the Answer to Male Infertility?

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.

This Day in Robot History

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."

Meet VertiGo, the Wheeled Robot That Defies Gravity, Drives on Walls

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?

3-D Printed Bikes and 4K Camera Drones! HowStuffWorks Visits CES Unveiled

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

Researchers Create Molecule-sized Nanosubmarines with Motors Powered by Light

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

'Tis the Neuron: New Study Isolates the Brain's Christmas Network

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.

Swedish Scientists Create Color-Changing, Electro-Rose Cyberplants

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

Hyperloop Hypes Test Tracks

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.

How to Play 20 Questions Without Talking

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