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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.
This is a guest post by David Hambling, a freelance journalist and author based in South London, specialising in science, technology and strange phenomena.
Last summer WIRED revealed that Nasa's Eagleworks Lab was testing a copy of the EmDrive, a propulsion device frequently labelled as "impossible" …Pluto
Ever since the days of the horse and buggy there has been a fundamental relationship between vehicle and driver. The advent of driverless cars will invert this dynamic as we all roll forward into the future. What should cities do now to prepare?
Because of the popularity of application-based, …Transportation
We haven't designed fully sentient artificial intelligence just yet, but we're steadily teaching computers how to see, read, and understand our world. Last month, Google engineers showed off their "Deep Dream," software capable of taking an image and ascertaining what was in it by turning it into a …Google
Oxman use microorganisms and 3-D printed vessels to create food, energy, oxygen, and light for interplanetary travelers.
Fitness trackers, email-alert rings, bracelets that tell you how much sun you've gotten: your average wearable is good at conveying information and not much more. But in the hands …MIT
Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it's sunny and close when it rains.
When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London's Hyde Park on a …Plants
Everyone’s now racing to make a hoverboard because we decided some time in the last couple of years that proving Back To The Future II prescient was the best way to highlight technological achievement. Lexus is the latest to throw its hat into the ring, posting a teaser for its own hoverboard …Hoverboards
A new device that helps the blind "see" by using their tongues has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The BrainPort V100, cleared for 250,000 profoundly blind Americans without sensitivity to light, will cost about $10,000, said Robert Beckman, chief executive officer of closely …Blindness
On June 22, 2013, Valery Spiridonov sent the following email to Italian doctor Sergio Canavero:
“Dear Doctor Sergio!
I am a 29 years old disabled man with a muscle atrophy. I was so excited to read from newspapers about your research on head transplantation. Please tell me - what resources do you …
[This is a two-part series. Here is the companion piece, an interview with Valery Spiridonov, the man set to get the surgery.]
In essence, that’s what he wants to do to a man’s neck. Long term, it’s what he wants to do to your neck. He calls it a “Gemini” spinal cord fusion protocol, which will be …Posthumanism
When Nasa’s first rover set down on the surface of Mars in 1997, its streamed colour images caused an early internet sensation. After centuries of dreaming, here we were, at eye level to our closest potentially habitable neighbour, and the sight was as bleakly majestic as we could have imagined: a …Space
The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari
Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.
Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …
The brain works like a complex circuit board which could be recreated on a computer
Humans could download their brain on to a computer and live forever inside a machine, a Cambridge neuroscientist has claimed.
Dr Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion …The Brain
Over the past 25 years, the Internet has radically altered the way people communicate and share ideas and the way businesses interact with customers and clients.
For an even longer period, starting in the 1950s with the so-called Third Industrial Revolution, businesses have become more digitized. In …The Future
8 charts reveal everything you need to know about the monster rocket NASA is building to shuttle astronauts to Mars
Right now, NASA is constructing a monster rocket, called the Space Launch System, that will be the most powerful rocket ever built.
This rocket is designed for NASA's future deep-space missions to an asteroid, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
Taller than the Statue of Liberty and capable of carrying more …
After nearly a month of time with the Apple Watch, there’s been a few moments that drew attention to the downside to having a computer strapped to one’s wrist. Brushing one’s teeth, eating, and even holding your significant other’s hand on a walk all preclude accessing your wrist with your other …Wearable Tech
A solid idea
Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.
There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would authorize firms to keep what they mine from asteroids. Welcome to the space rush.
Space may be the final frontier, but according to the pesky 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty, celestial bodies may not be claimed for any particular country. But what …Asteroids
The next step for the project will be industrial scale production
An Audi research facility in Dresden, Germany, has managed to create the first batches of diesel fuel with a net-zero carbon footprint — made from carbon dioxide (CO2), water and renewable energy sources such as wind or solar …
Biotech start-up receives a patent for a process where genetically engineered cyanobacteria make hydrocarbons directly during growth.
The mystery …Patents
Computers will have developed “common sense” within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world’s leading AI scientists has predicted.
Professor Geoff Hinton, who was hired by Google two years ago to help develop intelligent operating systems, said …Google
Editor’s note: Ramez Naam is the author of five books, including the Nexus trilogy of sci-fi novels.
The final frontier of the digital technology is integrating into your own brain. DARPA wants to go there. Scientists want to go there. Entrepreneurs want to go there. And increasingly, it looks like …The Brain
Gary King, a microbiologist at LSU who studies the most extreme organisms on Earth, can't help but wonder whether our planet's toughest microbes could change the face of Mars
Back in April, NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence of liquid water on Mars. Still, this is no life-friendly oasis: The …Environment
Powerful computers will reshape humanity’s future. How to ensure the promise outweighs the perils
“THE development of full artificial intelligence …Intelligence
As a part of its ‘body integration’ campaign, the payment service is working on an ingestible pill that would preserve your password in the slimiest of vessels: your stomach.
PayPal wants to get to know you. Really well. Really really well.
They know how much you hate having to remember all your …Brave New World
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Seems like no matter how you slice it, the future of human beings is, well, not very human at all. Sci-fi talks a lot about cyborgs and transhumanism and the myriad ways people are morphing with machines. But futurists are also exploring how the body can be augmented and …Concept Design
From silicon furniture to the death of storage, Marcus Engman of Ikea Sweden talks to us about the near-future of your home.
There's a good chance that Marcus Engman is directly responsible for at least one piece of furniture in your house—and if you're a millennial, maybe all of it. As head of …IKEA
SAN FRANCISCO – What does 2025 look like from a tech point of view?
We humans will be walking, running, sleeping data streams pumping out constantly updated metrics that will be both safeguarded and valuable.
We'll do our jobs with the assistance of artificial intelligence to achieve better results …Predictions
As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a …Scientific Research
Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.”
"I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years," Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel …Aliens