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10 Incredible Ways Technology May Make Us Superhuman

In the last half of the twentieth century, medical science came up with some pretty astonishing ways to replace human parts that were starting to …

Being Digital Demands You Be More Human

The halls of every marketing organization are filled with rumors about the new crop of hires — computer scientists, math majors and big data experts. For them, consumers are a mass of 0s and 1s that represent online behavior that can be collected, analyzed and targeted.<p>But the one thing companies …

#Unplug: Baratunde Thurston Left The Internet For 25 Days, And You Should, Too

I have left the Internet. I’m on vacation. That means no social media updates, responses, check-ins, likes, taps, pokes, noogies, tickles, or head locks. I’m going to practice looking people in the eye and not checking my email or . . .<p>My official biography, such as it is, reads as follows: …

Social Media

Shapeshifters: phones of the future could morph on demand

Download an app, transform your handset<p>Scientists in Europe have developed prototype devices that could drastically change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. The six working prototypes, known as "Morphees," are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to …

Everyday Objects by Big-Game

Swiss design studio Big-Game launched a number of new products during Milan Design Week, including desk organisers for Alessi, a rubber money box for …

The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead.

As we move into the late 2030s and 2040s, the most salient scenario is that we will merge with our technology gradually, not overnight. We may not …

Communities

The Internet 'Narcissism Epidemic'

Don't let popularity set your standard.<p>We are in the midst of a "narcissism epidemic," concluded psychologists Jean M. Twnege and W. Keith Campbell in their 2009 book. One study they describe showed that among a group of 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as quickly …

When Simplicity Is the Solution

From tax forms to medicine bottles to store shelves, we are facing a crisis of complexity. But there's a way out.<p>At the beginning of "Walden," Henry David Thoreau makes a concise case against the complexity of modern life. "Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to …

Henry David Thoreau

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How smell might be the next big thing in advertising

Smell-O-Vision may be coming to a billboard near you<p>A team of Japanese researchers has been working on developing a new system, the "smelling screen," that releases scents into the air with directional accuracy. Augmenting our audio-visual experiences with odor isn't a new idea — theaters …

Frustration and failure fuel Dyson's success

Sir James Dyson tells BBC Future in an exclusive interview that his iconic redesigns – such as the world's first bagless vacuum cleaner – only succeed because of past failures.<p>Sir James Dyson changed the way the world vacuums the stairs.<p>Thirty years ago, Dyson’s imaginative reworking of the vacuum …

Qwerty keyboards: Time for a rethink?

Could a spongy musical instrument hold the future of computer interaction, wonders Tom Chatfield.<p>Q-W-E-R-T-Y. Six letters that define so much of our waking lives.<p>If they are not there on the screen in front of you, chances are they are only a click away.<p>In some ways, these six letters are a triumph …

The egg box that updates a humble yet classic design

Design touches all areas of life, from computer interfaces to the packaging of the goods in our shopping basket. As part of BBC Future’s Imagineering series, where designers reimagine everyday objects, we tracked down the young Hungarian designer who aims to update a century-old staple familiar to …

Big Ideas: Put digital displays on contact lenses

<i>This article was taken from the March 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …