Future Tech

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


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Mining the Air: Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Nanofiber Building Materials

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.

How to Fix a Damaged Heart: Ingenuity, Hard Work and Some Velcro

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

Could RoboBees Ever Take the Place of Real Bees?

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?

Get on the (Driverless) Bus, Gus

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

The Future of 3-D Printing Is … Living Human Brains?

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.

A Pill to Prevent HIV?

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

Is it possible to digitize human consciousness?

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.

How can electronics be stretchable?

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.

Does science fiction predict tech innovations?

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.

Could you put a camera in a contact lens?

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?

10 Weird Patents That Google Owns

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?

Our 10 Favorite Replacements for 'Where's My Flying Car?'

Who wants to share airspace with today's crazy drivers? Not us. So let's put the flying car future to rest and think about one with moon bases, undersea cities and other cool stuff.

Could a wristband replace air conditioning?

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.

Can information travel faster than light?

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?

5 Therapeutic Ways to Use Virtual Reality

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.

5 Future Home Technologies You'll Love

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?

How is the medical profession using AI systems?

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?

How will future technology change the classroom?

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.

Will computers replace doctors?

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?

How did Twitter revolutionize online communications?

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?

10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Transportation

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.

10 Emerging Technologies in the Energy Industry

This list has it all: farting microbes, pollution-reducing oxides that sound like terrible hairdos and even molten glass as a fuel storage medium.

10 of the World’s Most Groundbreaking Futurists

If you're curious what the future holds, dig into the novels, articles and research done by these 10 amazing minds. You might be surprised what they predict.

5 Futurist Predictions in the World of Science

Will we take an elevator to space? Will we live in floating cities? Will computers live inside our bodies? What does the future hold?

What's a futurist?

Being a futurist sounds like nice work if you can get it. But you have to do serious analysis and research before you can make predictions. What else do futurists have to know?