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By trendspotter | The future today - A Flipboard magazine curated by Christoph Möller @_trendspotter --- The future is now! This is a magazine that collects together news stories of trends that sound futuristic, but most of the time actually happen. --- It's a magazine about new research, tech trends and upcoming technology, innovation news, predictions, recent science breakthroughs, near future outlooks, forecasts and future visions from futurists, long-term scenarios, and other futurism, singularity and futurist related information.

How It Works: Growing A Biological Drone To Explore Mars

Why ship hardware to space when we can just culture it on arrival?

NASA is working on a prototype drone that will be able to survey Mars from a modest altitude. But what if instead of shipping a drone to Mars, we could just ship small vials of cells, and use them to grow a biodegradable drone on the …

Biotechnology

This Is What You'll Be Eating In 2020

In the future, fat and bacteria are good, soil is smarter, and healthy convenience is king.

Today's food landscape looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. Fast casual—not fast food—dominates. Your next meal is just a tap of the iPhone away. McDonald's is toying with the idea of kale. These …

Food

The social network that you can wear - CNN.com

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A joint venture between design teams at MIT's Tangible Media Group and the Fluid Interface Group have incorporated the social network into a garment which signals to other wearers your interests and associations.

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Social Networks

Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S by Summer

Self-driving Tesla cars are coming to American roads by this summer, Elon Musk, chief executive of the automaker, said on Thursday.

Mr. Musk said that a software update scheduled for release in about three months would give Model S Tesla sedans the ability to start driving themselves, which the …

Elon Musk

Why DNA could be the future of data storage - CNN.com

(CNN)How long will the data last in your hard-drive or USB stick? Five years? 10 years? Longer?

Already a storage company called Backblaze is running 25,000 hard drives simultaneously to get to the bottom of the question. As each hard drive coughs its last, the company replaces it and logs its …

DNA

Researchers Report Milestone in Developing Quantum Computer

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Google reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature that they had made a significant advance that brings them a step closer to developing a quantum computer.

Researchers have been pursuing the development of computers that exploit …

Google

Laser procedure can turn brown eyes blue - CNN.com

(CNN)From the piercing blue eyes of Paul Newman to the steely gaze of Daniel Craig, blue eyes have always been a measure of attractiveness.

But exactly why they make hearts throb and catapult actors and models to stardom is a point of conjecture.

Theories range from evolutionary psychologists who say …

Paul Newman

Samsung livestreamed the birth of a child in virtual reality

Here’s something I never expected to write: Samsung today announced that it has streamed the very first child birth in virtual reality.

The company wanted to help Alison Larke and her husband Jason, who couldn’t be at the birth of his third child due to work commitments in Australia.

Samsung allowed …

Virtual Reality

How you'll manage your money in the future - CNN.com

Beautiful banks of the future 15 photos

Banks of the future – Say goodbye to long lines and drab outlets -- the banks of the future are fashioning themselves into cool destinations. The interior of this ING Direct bank, in Milan, was developed by architects NewTone and mimics the design of retail …

Banking

I’ve Just Seen a (DNA-Generated) Face

The faces here, which look a bit like video game avatars, are actually portraits drawn from DNA.

Each rendering was created by plugging an individual genetic profile into a predictive tool created by Mark D. Shriver, a professor of anthropology and genetics at Penn State University. Dr. Shriver and …

DNA

The 'memristor': A new era for electronics? - CNN.com

(CNN)In 1971, a physicist conceptualized the existence of a fourth fundamental element in the electronic circuit, besides the three that were already in use at the time.

His name was Leon Chua and he believed -- for reasons of symmetry -- that an extra component could one day be constructed to join …

Computer Hardware

New 'Molecule-Making Machine' Could Speed The Development Of Life-Saving Drugs

Thanks to advances in 3-D printing, it's now possible to whip up everything from pizza to prosthetics to human organs with the push of a button.

Now researchers have created a 3-D printer that works on the atomic scale, assembling complex molecules from scratch. And they say their molecule-making …

Fab Lab
Military

'Godmother of VR' sees journalism as the future of virtual reality

Like shoulder pads or frosted hair, virtual reality is often viewed as an relic of the 1980s, but not by former Newsweek reporter Nonny de la Peña.

The Los Angeles-based “Godmother of VR” is at the forefront of an endeavour to use the technology to usher in a form of immersive journalism in which …

Virtual Reality

Extreme Bionics: This man is rebuilding humanity

AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Hugh Herr is living proof that "extreme bionics" is no longer science fiction. The double amputee strode about a South by Southwest (SXSW) convention hall stage on two bionic limbs attached just below the knee — and if he weren't wearing suit shorts, the audience might never …

SXSW

Engineering the Perfect Baby

Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children. Should they stop before it’s too late?If anyone had devised a way to create a …

Life Sciences

Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm

Lawyers are the latest to find themselves in the firing line of robots—or artificially intelligent algorithms, at any rate.

The robotic revolution has been predicted to spread its techno-tendrils far and wide in the job market, and a recent repo​rt by UK consultancy firm Jomati Consultants suggests …

Artificial Intelligence

Army Plans The War Helicopters Of Tomorrow

Joint Strike Rotor

Moving an army is no easy task, and it’s even harder when that army wants to travel by air. Working with NASA and the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army is developing a new fleet of helicopters to carry troops into battle, and into the future. Some helicopter designs from the early 1960s …

World Politics

The Future of News Is Robots Writing for Audiences of One

Here come the robot reporters. This week the AP announced it will use software to automatically generate news stories about college sports that it …

Robots

Hacking your brain

With a DIY bundle of electronics or a ready-made device it is possible to stimulate the brain. But does it work and is it safe?

"IT'S like coffee times ten," raves one enthusiast. "I use it a couple of times a week and problems solve themselves. At the end of the day, I haven't wasted hours on …

The Brain

Podcast: 10 technologies that will change the world

Ten technologies, each world-changing in its implications, mind-blowing in complexity, and hugely significant for our futures.

Each year, the World …

Podcasting

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have gained a foothold, Nasa scientists say.

The huge body of water spread over a fifth of the planet’s surface, as great a portion as the Atlantic covers …

Mars

NASA Wants to Build a Cloud City on Venus

Dale Arney and Chris Jones dreamed up Project Genesis, a vision of colonizing Venus up in the clouds, above the boiling surface.

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A Bespin-like Cloud City could be coming to Venus. NASA researchers Dale Arney and Chris Jones are busy on a proposal for the …

NASA

Artificial intelligence could kill us because we're stupid

Artificial intelligence will be a threat because we are stupid, not because it is clever and evil, according to experts.We could put ourselves in …

Intelligence

Jetpacks: niche hobby or future transport for the masses?

Could the Martin jetpack really be a glimpse of the future? Video of the latest prototype shows a noisy machine that looks like a souped-up Flymo, although the project has come a long way in the five years since its launch, with test flights now reaching 3,500ft and the New Zealand-based Martin …

Transportation

Personal jetpacks cleared for take-off with Australian stock market listing

A mainstay of popular science fiction and futurist conventions since the 1920s, the personal jetpack will move a step closer to reality on Tuesday when the New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company lists on the Australian stock exchange.

Inventor Glenn Martin will ring the listing bell at the …

Stock Markets

Telescopic Contact Lenses Are Here

​Wearable technology offers yet another opportunity to be a creepy person: telescopic contact lenses. ​Unveiled at this week's AAAS meeting/conference in San Jose, the lenses are the creation of optics engineers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, with a bit of help from designs developed …

Vision

Hyperloop Is Real: Meet The Startups Selling Supersonic Travel

The majestic Senate majority leader suite in the U.S. Capitol was still Harry Reid’s in September when he eagerly scooched his leather chair across the Oriental rug to gaze at something that, he was told, would change transportation forever.

Former SpaceX engineer Brogan BamBrogan (yes, that’s his …

Google Cabs And Uber Bots Will Challenge Jobs 'Below The API'

Uber and Google appear to be parting ways according to a report by Bloomberg’s Brad Stone Monday. Google Ventures invested in Uber’s C and D rounds, and its chief legal officer and SVP of corporate development, David Drummond, has sat on its board since 2013. An unnamed source “close to the Uber …