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Ikea: 7 Predictions For What Your Home Will Look Like In 2020

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

2025 tech predictions both thrilling and scary

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

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014

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 …

Predictions

NASA: We'll find alien life in 10 to 20 years

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

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
• The group of MIT students behind the project wanted to look at ways of seeing how social media worked outside the confines of the …

Clothing

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

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Science is now looking to nature to find the best way to store data in a way that will make it last for millennia
• Just one gram of DNA is theoretically capable of containing all the data of internet giants such as Google and Facebook
• Researchers in Zurich wanted to find ways to …

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

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Blue eyes have long been associated with movie star good looks, but why they make hearts throb is open to conjecture
• An estimated 17% of the world's population has blue eyes. The color is an illusion created by light refracting in clear eyes
• Stroma Medical has developed a laser system …

Glaucoma

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

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Technology is changing the way we shop and bank
• Checks, cards, pin numbers and card readers will seem antiquated soon
• Biometrics, social media and peer-to-peer lending will gain popularity

The checkbook is dead. While we're at it, let's write an obit for card readers too.

And if you've …

Money

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

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The memristor is a new type of electrical component that could revolutionize electronics
• It was first conceptualized in the 1970s, long before one could even be built
• Researchers at ETH work with IBM in memristors for future computing devices
• Memristor-based chips wouldn't require …

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

The Military’s Most Science-Fictional Projects

Aeronautics

'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 …

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 …

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

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.

(Photo Credit: NASA Langley Research Center)

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