Future Tech

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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?

Health care trends often seem unpredictable -- unless you're a futurist, that is. While they're not fortune-tellers, these educated guessers have interesting ideas about what the future world of health could look like.

You can't talk about the business of predicting the future without Arthur C. Clarke's name coming up. How do the famous sci-fi author and others figure out what tomorrow will bring?

Futurists can dish out some exciting -- and downright scary -- visions for the future of machines and science. Here are 10 of them in the realm of technology.

Today's computers would blow the minds of early computing pioneers, and the machines of tomorrow will do things we can't imagine today. As computing power climbs to ever-more-stellar heights, how will it affect our world and the way we live?