ai
We Don’t Really Believe AIs are Likely to do Our Important Jobs

A survey of 2,000 workers has found that most don't rate the chances of an AI being able to take their jobs away from them in the next 15 years, as it's fairly hard to imagine exactly how these magical future computer brains are going to be able to do the majority of human tasks that involve fingers, procrastination, meetings, crying in a toilet cubicle and putting kettles on. Read More >>

movies
This Should’ve Been the Avengers: Infinity War End Credits Song

There’s one thing Avengers: Infinity War is missing: a novelty rap song. Read More >>

technology
Bullshit Article About Automation Promises Life of Leisure

Technology experts have been insisting for over a century that when the robot revolution finally succeeds, everyone will have a life of abundant wealth and leisure. That hasn’t been the case. But it hasn’t stopped plenty of people from still insisting that it will happen, even here in the year 2017. Read More >>

science
When Do You Reckon It Will ‘Feel Like’ The Future?

It's 2017. It's supposed to be the future. Flying cars, hoverboards (not that kind) and robot maids should be the norm by now. Read More >>

crime
Police Start Devolving Decisions to an AI-Powered App

Durham Police is about to start testing an AI-powered app to help it make decisions on whether to release suspects or keep them under arrest, one that's been fed five years' worth of offending data in order to generate a low, medium or high reoffending score. Read More >>

transport
I Stared Into the Political Heart of the Hyperloop

Yesterday, in the United States of America's glorious capital, I spent two hours in a beautiful fantasy. A world where the usual constraints of time and space don’t apply, where almost everyone in this fractured nation is connected, closer than ever, united by technology. No, I wasn’t smoking weed, though it’s legal here: I was at the Hyperloop Showcase, where staff at Hyperloop One and those competing to work with the startup came together to sell the company’s Vision for America. Read More >>

film
What Post-Apocalyptic Worlds Look Like in Movies

It’s always nice (in a totally twisted way) to remind yourself of how bad things in the world could get by watching films set in a post-apocalyptic future. They’re always desolate and grim, lonely and uninviting, terribly sad and just plain awful places to live. I mean, seeing the last fictional characters on Earth trudge along a dead planet makes real life slightly more manageable. I think. Read More >>

archaeology
The World’s Oldest Computer May Have Been Used to Predict the Future

Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world’s first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device, including the revelation that it may have been used for more than just astronomy. Read More >>

smartwatches
Maybe This New ‘Skinterface’ Will Make Smartwatches Suck Less

If smartwatches are going to create a new gadget future beyond smartphones, they’ll have to up their game. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon may have just the innovation with a new smartwatch interface that takes advantage of the fleshy bezels surrounding the tiny watch displays—also known as your arm. Read More >>

streaming
Cinema Resistance to Streaming Completely Misses the Point

Cinema owners are letting loose about Screening Room, the director-backed venture that will allow people to spend way too much money to watch a movie in their home the day it’s released in cinemas—but they’re missing the point. Read More >>

shopping
There’s Smartphone-Powered Shop in Sweden With No Human Cashiers

We all know robots are coming for our jobs, but smartphones could soon be carrying the career-slaying torch as well. A small shop in Sweden only has one employee — the smartphone in your pocket — and it’s always working, 24-7. Read More >>

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How Science Fiction Helps Predict the Future

When people imagine the future, it’s always coloured and limited by the constraints of their reality. Hundreds of years ago the smartest person alive could not imagine the things we have now, because what is science to us was essentially magic to them back then. The understanding just wasn’t there yet. That’s where science fiction steps in. Read More >>

rant
The Future is Just Two Years Away Forever Until You’re Dead

Did you see the Hyperloop news out of Davos? You could be zipping around in a real-life Hyperloop by 2018! It’s 2016 now, so that makes it... just two years away! Where have we heard that before? Read More >>

science
Future Disasters Could See Humans Evolve in Bizarre Ways

There are a lot of weird-shaped people in the world, but they’d all look perfectly (okay, relatively) normal next to Future Human. Speaking on Extant Season 2, paleoanthropologist Dr Matthew Skinner this week explained how people may develop in order to cope with rising sea levels, an asteroid impact, and even the colonisation of nearby planets. Read More >>

science fiction
Would You Buy a Sci-Fi Book About Microsoft?

Microsoft’s an incredibly successful company, but it’s always had a reputation for being a bit of a bore. The company seems to be working hard to shake off that rep by inviting a bus-load of sci-fi writers into its labs to have a great big ogle of its future-based research projects and cook up stories that could eventually inspire new generations of scientists. Read More >>