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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.

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 …


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 …


Jetpacks: niche hobby or future transport for the masses?

The public would need convincing on safety, regulation and cost-effectiveness before jetpacks could fulfil their comic-book promise

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 …


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

New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company is already taking orders for ‘world’s first practical jetpack able to be flown by a pilot or via remote control’

A mainstay of popular science fiction and futurist conventions since the 1920s, the personal jetpack will move a step closer to reality on …

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 …


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 …


Could driverless cars own themselves?

Forget buying an electric-powered Tesla, sharing a Zipcar or hiring an Uber - the most disruptive force in getting from A to B on four wheels could be cars that own themselves.

Emancipated automobiles sounds like a crazy concept. But the man advocating the idea goes further: he thinks they'll have …

VW Beetle

Bill Gates and The Verge: How technology will change the world by 2030

For the month of February, Bill Gates will be guest-editing The Verge. Over the course of four weeks, Gates will be guiding us as we explore how technology will transform the lives of those in the developing world through advancements in banking, healthcare, farming, and education technology. Bill …

Bill Gates

Bacteria Turn Sunlight to Liquid Fuel in 'Bionic Leaf'

Researchers have paired a solar-powered catalyzing device with genetically engineered bacteria to convert water and carbon dioxide into an alcohol-based liquid fuel. The system, dubbed a "bionic leaf," is described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The process is modeled after …


British defence in 2030: 3D printing and graphene armour

Try to imagine warfare in 2035, and you might come up with Hollywood-style visions of soldiers in powered exoskeletons battling robots with laser rifles. A new three-year-long study commissioned by the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, however, suggests the dominant technologies may …

United Kingdom

Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming - Issue 18: Genius

Lev Landau, a Nobelist and one of the fathers of a great school of Soviet physics, had a logarithmic scale for ranking theorists,…


The future of knowledge in the coming era of intelligent machines

Opinion: Futurist Gerd Leonhard says the rise of artificial intelligence means we need to rethink the way we learn

Technology is inadvertently making great progress in replacing human workers in pretty much every industry, whether it is in accounting, media, marketing, manufacturing or financial …

The Future

Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years

In my new book BOLD, one of the interviews that I’m most excited about is with my good friend Ray Kurzweil. Bill Gates calls Ray, “the best person I …


The new Google patent for controlling your car without touching a thing

Modern cars are littered with a minefield of knobs and dials to distract drivers as they hurtle down highways. Many drivers are further distracted by looking down at smartphones doubling as GPS devices and stereos, dashboard touchscreens, and children in the backseat. Some nine people are killed in …


Five Artists Predict What's Next for 2015

Augmented (hyper)Reality. Image: Keiichi Matsuda

Digital art is in a constant state of flux. With the year underway, we tapped leading digital artists for their predictions on what trends will gain traction—and which projects they’ll be unveiling—in 2015.

Says London-based designer/filmmaker Keiichi …

Augmented Reality

Exclusive Interview: Ford CEO Expects Fully Autonomous Cars In 5 Years

With Ford’s recent decision to expand its presence in Palo Alto, Calif., – from 20 today to 125 researchers, engineers and scientists by year’s end – the 111-year-old car company will have one of the biggest automotive research center in Silicon Valley.

A region that is already home to the world’s …

Silicon Valley

Our lives in 2025: What the world will be like in 10 years' time

Our world is being transformed by rapid advances in sciences and technology that are touching every aspect of our lives

The Future

Will nanotechnology soon allow you to 'swallow the doctor'? - CNN.com

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Think small, very small – A muscle cell resting on a bed of nanobots.

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In this artist's impression, a swarm of nanobots is read to be deployed to deliver drugs inside a human body with extreme precision.

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Google is making fake human skin to test its cancer-detecting nanoparticles

Last October, Google announced that it was working on magnetic nanoparticles that would seek out cancer cells in the bloodstream and report back to a smart wristband. Now, if this didn't sound bizarre enough, it turns out the search giant is also using synthetic skin to develop the technology.

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11 inventions that could change the world

Trying to predict the future is a fool's game.

What seems a failure at first (like, say, the electric light) becomes indispensable. And what seems …

Chris Morris

Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset

Microsoft has just revealed its next great innovation: Windows Holographic. It's an augmented reality experience that employs a headset, much like all the VR goggles that are currently rising in popularity, but Microsoft's solution adds holograms to the world around you. The HoloLens headset is …


Mercedes' Far-Out Concept Is the Luxury Car of the Future

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept, just unveiled at CES 2015, is a hydrogen-powered dream car in the truest sense.

We have often complained about the lack of truly far-reaching concept cars on today's show circuit. Instead of creating visions of a distant future, too often automakers …

Luxury Cars

Toyota kickstarting fuel cell future with patent release

At CES 2015, Toyota announced it would make 5,680 patents related to fuel cell drive systems available as a means to help other automakers build fuel …


An Odd Hypothesis About Bubbles Could Finally Lead to Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the …


Revealed at Last: Magic Leap's Vision for Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations

An 180 page patent application from Magic Leap represents the first detailed depiction of how a virtual reality company believes we'll use their …

SpaceX Sells 10% Stake to Google, Fidelity for $1 Billion

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the rocket maker run by billionaire Elon Musk, said that Google Inc. (GOOGL) and Fidelity Investments have …


Computers that teach by example: New computer system enables pattern-recognition systems to convey what they learn to humans

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. …

Computer System

Gartner: Smart Clothes To Become Biggest Wearables Sector By 2016

Smart Clothes - A new report by Gartner has predicted that the currently negligible sector of smart garments will storm past smart watches and …