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The future will eat itself: digesting the next generation of wearable tech

How ingestibles and mood-impacting technologies are changing our relationship with wearables<p>Wearable tech is well and truly mainstream – but what does the future hold? What could their potential new forms mean for our day-to-day lives, businesses and wellbeing?<p>The aim of wearables should be to …

Wearable Tech

Det her får computer-revolutionen til at virke ubetydelig

»Min bedstemor blev født i 1900. Da hun blev født, var alle sikre på, at det var fuldstændigt umuligt for menneskeheden at bygge en …

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end

Inside the 50-year-quest to build a mechanical heart

Without a heart transplant, he would soon die<p>Replacing his central organ with plastic looked promising<p>Williams is forever connected to a battery or plugged into a power outlet<p>the heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day<p>The "atomic heart" had some obvious drawbacks<p>a patient compared the device …

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Globalization

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

How The Internet Of Things Is Changing Work

Here’s how technologists think the world of IoT will change the workplace–and how it’s already changing how we do business today.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting concept, a future where “billions of things are talking to each other,” as technology consulting company SAP describes it. …

The Dyson Sphere -- Not Just Science Fiction

A few years ago I wrote on The Huffington Post about author Raoul Peter Mongilardi's <i>Next To The Gods</i>, a complex, world-building four book series of science fiction. In it, the Aurocerians, an alien race of beings have created a Dyson Sphere, an impenetrable constructed barrier encompassing an …

Dyson

Getting Ready to Move to Mars

Scientists are hard at work preparing to create humanity’s second home.<p>One day, when earth is destroyed by war or rising seas or a wayward asteroid, humanity will be extinguished—and along with it reality television, baseball stadiums, and thousands of recipes for guacamole, with and without …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

UN delay could open door to robot wars, say experts

The United Nations has been warned that its protracted negotiations over the future of lethal autonomous weapons – or “killer robots” – are moving too slowly to stop robot wars becoming a reality.<p>Lobbying for a pre-emptive ban on the weapons is intensifying at the UN general assembly in New York, …

Military Aircraft

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

Designergrisen er det nye kæledyr

For blot tre år siden opdagede to kvinder en teknik, der præcist kan manipulere med vores dna. På onsdag bejler de til at modtage en nobelpris for …

The Surprising Genealogy of Your Brain

Each of your neurons is more closely related to heart cells than to most of its neighbors. Why?<p>People talk about an individual’s genome as if it was a single consistent entity—but it isn’t. Every one of us actually contains a cosmopolitan melting pot of different genomes. Our 37 trillion or so …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

The future of food: from jellyfish salad to lab-grown meat

What do tomorrow’s dinners look like, and how will you adjust? Our special feature sheds light on a world of algae, cowless beef, insect lollies and even an mouthwatering recipe for jellyfish salad...<p>How we eat • How we grow<br>• How we cook • How we share it<p>In the first section of our future of food …

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.<p>It's no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you …

Asking the Experts: Artificial Intelligence Leaders Answer AI's Most Burning Questions (Part I)

What if you could get a few of the top minds in artificial intelligence and pick their brain?<p>Fun idea, right?<p>I'm lucky enough to explore the bigger AI questions over dinner with friends and with my colleagues at work, but those views don't necessarily get shared - and there's a lot of noise when it …

Artificial Intelligence

The Internet of Things You Don’t Really Need

Smart devices turn every industry into the computer industry, and dupe consumers into thinking their lives are better for it in the process.<p>Atlanta turns yellow for two weeks in April. Streets, driveways, terraces, cars—everything cakes with pollen. It’s the trees that cause the worst of it. Pine, …

A New Global War Front is Taking Shape in Cyberspace

Tech News<p>The United States may still be the world's preeminent superpower, based on size and reach of military and intelligence operations, but defending the virtual borders of cyberspace is another matter. Cyberattacks by foreign nations and their agents are on the rise, and this new form of …

Sanctions

Controversial Philosopher Says Man And Machine Will Fuse Into One Being

An interview with philosopher Peter Sloterdijk.<p><i>Peter Sloterdijk is Germany’s most controversial thinker and media theorist. He has dared to challenge long-established divisions in traditional philosophy of body and soul, subject and object, culture and nature. His 1999 lecture on “Regulations for</i> …

Singularity

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Earth in 10,000 Years

Climate change means the end of our world, but the beginning of another—one with a new set of species and ecosystems.<p>A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he planted seedlings of 10 tropical …

Climate Change

Drømmende rigmænd med kurs mod Mars er ved at tage rummet fra Nasa

Bestil nu, og få avisen leveret til din morgenkaffe i weekenden:Prøv 4 uger for kun 199 kr.<p>Foto: Lefteris Pitarakis (arkiv)/AP<p>Drømmende rigmænd med …

I Interviewed Paul Mason About How Capitalism Is Going to End

In his new book, <i>Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future</i>, Mason predicts that we're due a new economic system, one birthed by the "smartphone generation".<p>Capitalism is on its last legs and is about to be destroyed by a generation so connected by technology that they have more loyalty to their …

5 brain technologies that will shape our future

The race to decipher the workings of the human brain, and build new economies around it, is on. Today’s great entrepreneurs – people such as Paul …

Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it | Claire L Evans

Star Trek was one way of dealing with the social anxieties of the 1960s. Since sci-fi mirrors the present, ecological collapse requires a new dystopian fiction<p>Build an imaginary world in your mind, hanging in space. Spin it around a bit; kick the tires. Now change one thing about that world. Throw …

'Artificial leaf' could power communities of the future

The world could one day be powered by photosynthesis from artificial leaves, say researchers from Monash University in Melbourne. Their system to …