the future
5 Visions of the Future We Saw at Panasonic’s 100th Birthday Expo

Japanese tech corp Panasonic is 100 years old this year, and they're having a big old celebration in Tokyo in the form of an exhibition. As you might expect, said exhibition includes plenty of Panasonic's past, with some glorious ancient tech on display from back when the company was called National: Read More >>

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Staircases in Space: Why Are Places in Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?

Space, as we all know, is the final frontier. It’s the star-spangled playground in which our imaginations run amok, and the setting for stories that made us fall in love with sci-fi. Some of us spent hours pretending we were the Doctor’s companions, helping him find Gallifrey from the TARDIS. Some of us imagined the Millennium Falcon jumping to hyperspace when we shouted, “Punch it, Chewie!” Some of us swore we could hear the communicator beeping when we asked our favourite Federation starship to beam us aboard. The characters that roam space have built homes in our hearts and allowed those of us who are trapped in Earth’s gravity-well to fulfil some of our wildest fantasies. Space remains a vast, untamed place, penned in only by the limits of our own imaginations. Read More >>

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Uber Reckons It’ll Have Flying Cabs By 2020

In a move that sounds suspiciously like it was crafted to take the focus off Uber's many, many, many PR problems, the ride-hailing company reckons it'll have flying taxis by 2020. Read More >>

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Robot Phone Device Transmits Kisses to Your Loved Ones When You’re Away

Holidays can be a rough time for those who are truly married to their jobs but also have a human that they love in their spare time. Enter the Kissenger, a new smartphone peripheral that allows anyone to send a smooch live via video chat. Read More >>

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In 2019 the US Might Finally Get Some Space Coins

On Monday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that requires the US Secretary of the Treasury to issue a special commemorate coin for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo moon landing. The bill, titled H.R. 2726 demands the Treasury create a variety of convex coins “to more closely resemble the visor of the astronaut’s helmet of the time.” They will hold a contest to decide on the specific designs, which should be “emblematic of the United States space program.” Read More >>

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Here’s the Smartest Drone Delivery Idea We’ve Seen Yet

Drone deliveries are the future. Years from now we really will be able to order something online and have it dropped off at our door hours later by a tiny flying robot. But presently there are some issues with drone deliveries. And they’re only partially related to regulators. Quadcopter-based deliveries have to struggle with the weather, tiny delivery zones, and drones potentially falling out of the sky. Zipline, a robotics company based out of San Francisco, claims it solved those issues. Read More >>

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China’s Giant ‘Alien-Hunting’ Telescope Comes With a Human Cost

China is building the biggest radio telescope on Earth. And the country is displacing over 9,000 people to do it. Read More >>

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The 10 Scariest, Weirdest, Coolest Robots of 2015

2015 was an insanely wild year in robotics: From leaps in AI technology to piloted, Gundam-like battle machines. We’re living in a bizarre, sci-fi world that entangles humans with robots more than ever before. Here are ten of the craziest ‘bots from the past year. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Latest HoloLens is Here, and it’s Amazing

The HoloLens headset from Microsoft is the world’s first untethered wearable that generates holograms before your eyes. It’s been nearly a year since we first strapped a prototype to our faces, and as the tech goliath prepares to unleash a first batch of units to developers in the coming months, I was invited to check out just how far the technology has come. Holograms are here people — and they’re going to change your life. Read More >>

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Tony Hawk Helped Build a New Hoverboard, the Hendo 2.0

This time last year, we reviewed the Hendo, a real-life hoverboard that actually levitates off the ground (as opposed to whatever these things are). Now the same company is back with a new and improved model that looks and feels more like a skateboard — with help from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk. The image above is just an illustration, since the real thing will be revealed later this month. But it looks amazing. Read More >>

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Happy 5th Birthday, Apple Watch!

CUPERTINO, SILICON VALLEY — APRIL 24, 2020: Thousands assembled in Cupertino today to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the single most important event in tech history — the release of the Apple Watch. Read More >>

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This Website Shows You What You Might Look Like in 20(-ish) Years

As (presumably) living, breathing humans, we can't not spend exorbitant amounts of time wondering about the future. Will I have kids? Will I be dead? Will I finally get my goddamn hoverboard? All valid questions! And while Orange's new site, Future Self, might not answer all (or any) of them, it does attempt to at least give you a taste of one, equally desirable bit of knowledge: What you'll look like 20 years from today. Read More >>

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What Current Technology Still Feels Futuristic to You?

We live in amazing times, but life still feels pretty ordinary. Your computer, your smartphone, your "smart" fridge, all encompass tech that was impossible last decade, but using it feels commonplace. Everyone's got one exception though, a piece of modern tech that still feels like The Future. What's yours? Read More >>

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Kids of Silicon Valley Workers Asked About the Future of Tech

"Well, my mum works at Apple. And my dad? He, like, started his own company. But I think he like doesn't really want to do it anymore." That's one quote from a short film by Mike Mills where he talks to children of Silicon Valley employees about changes in technology and how it will affect society. Read More >>