The Future

Soonish: Zach and Kelly Weinersmith on 10 technologies that will change everything

The future, soonish<p>We hear a lot of promises about the future. But what’s truly on its way, and what’s going to remain a pipe dream for a few decades yet?<p>That’s the question that Zach and Kelly Weinersmith set out to answer in <i>Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve</i> <i>a</i><i>nd/</i><i>o</i><i>r Ruin Everything</i>, …

The department of transportation of the future

Transportation will be dramatically different in ten years. To adapt, public entities and stakeholders must act today.<p><b>In ten years,</b> transportation in …

Innovation

AI in Education: Opportunities and Challenges

AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time. It has huge disruptive potential across many industry verticals such as retail, …

Education

Microwaves will be obsolete by 2027. Here’s what’s going to replace them

Imagine an appliance that lets you throw veal, zucchini, and tomatoes on one pan and have them all come out perfectly cooked. When Miele introduced …

Gear & Gadgets

Scientists Have Made a Two-Dimensional Material That's Never Been Seen in Nature

Whoa.<p>A team of researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has reportedly made a 'once-in-a-decade discovery' that will radically change …

Science

New York City is hiring a futurist to forecast innovation

New York City is getting serious about prepping its five boroughs for a high-tech future.<p>The city announced on Thursday a program called NYCx to help the city better prepare for and shape the future.<p>NYCx will focus on coming innovations such as 5G connectivity, self-driving cars or artificial …

Women Entrepreneurs

'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own

In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence, AlphaGo Zero took just three days to master the ancient Chinese board game of Go ... with no human help<p>Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful …

Artificial Intelligence

Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System?

To stop society’s unsustainable demand for ever-more resources, we need to decentralize and localize our economy. Combining the new ledger technology with UBI may be the way to make that happen.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast …

Basic Income

5 Industries 3D Printing Will Disrupt in the Next 10 Years

It's already begun.<p>3D printing technology has come a long way in the recent years, and it's really started to mature in terms of both its capabilities and its real world applications. It's no longer just theoretical - it's practical in a wide variety of instances, and that's good news for both 3D …

Innovation

Defending Trump’s science policies is an exercise in absurdity

Inane pronouncements and outright denial are all his appointees have.<p>If you happened to spend your October 12 live-streaming a House Energy and …

Technology

Boeing invests in company building autonomous aircraft

Boeing’s HorizonX venture arm has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Carnegie Mellon spin-out company that focuses on building autonomous aircraft systems for things including site inspection, defence and potentially automated cargo delivery and personal transportation systems – i.e., flying …

Drones

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

In late 2016, Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as the word of the year, defining it as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which …

Intelligence

Futuristic cop cars may identify suspects

Police cars may one day spot suspects before the officer behind the wheel does.<p>Coban Technologies, a Houston-based company that sells cameras to police departments, announced this week a new dashcam designed to use artificial intelligence to identify everything from people and vehicles to guns.<p>The …

Machine Learning

[Editorial] Bixby 2.0: The Start of the Next Paradigm Shift in Devices

Today at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) 2017 in San Francisco, I was honored to share Samsung’s vision for intelligence, with the …

Bixby

Why is Google hiding view counts for Google Doodles?

View counts are public for everything on YouTube with one prominent exception.<p>On Tuesday, Google dedicated its Google Doodle — an illustrated or …

Social Media

The new MacBook keyboard is ruining my life

It’s so bad<p>I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer's black …

Technology

Where we're going, we won't need roads

Robo cars will force us off asphalt—and into the great out there.<p>“We’re about to have a kid, and I don’t think she’s ever going to get her driver’s license,” says Scott Kubly, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “Based on where we are technologically, there just won’t be a need.” …

Autos

A review of the Pixel 2 XL

Google made a new phone. Should you buy it?<p>The Pixel review embargo has just lifted! What does that mean practically? It means a bunch of people just …

Technology

What would the average human do?

Artificial intelligence researchers want to teach computers to make moral choices based on millions of human survey responses.<p>Last year, researchers …

Technology

Social media bots threaten democracy. But we are not helpless

Ever-more sophisticated Facebook and Twitter bots can sway political opinions. We have the technology to counter this – we need the will to use it<p>Can social bots – pieces of software that perform automated tasks – influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question congressional …

Opinion

11 Companies That Are Going To Revolutionize 2018

This past year has been marked with disruptive innovations that promise to upend almost every single industry. From the rise of Blockchain and Virtual Reality, to the proliferation of voice-enabled assistants, companies across the board are aiming to make daily life more efficient, entertaining and …

Innovation

The Future Is Predictable. Follow This Advice

A conversation with pioneering futurist Faith Popcorn.<p>I recently sat down with futurist Faith Popcorn and had an intriguing conversation with her- on topics such as microchips embedded in humans, intestinal health and all female office floors. Faith is a pioneer who brought foresight work into a …

A futurist and innovations expert explains what is and isn’t real about AI in movies

Jay Iorio, futurist and Innovations Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, joins us to talk about …

Entertainment

The only job a robot couldn’t do

The gig economy is depressing. Crowdtap is worse.<p>About 8 percent of U.S. adults earn money by doing contract work through so-called “gig economy” …

Technology

Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive to Expel Them

On Wednesday, the exterior of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters bore an eerie message: "Ban Russian Bots.” Someone— the company doesn’t know who— …

Social Media

Wary of Hackers, States Move to Upgrade Voting Systems

WASHINGTON — State election officials, worried about the integrity of their voting systems, are pressing to make them more secure ahead of next year’s midterm elections.<p>Reacting in large part to Russian efforts to hack the presidential election last year, a growing number of states are upgrading …

News (U.S.)

Estonia's Top Futurist Explains How Tech will Make Countries Obsolete

The country's very own cryptocurrency is just the start.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Blockchain, Data & Infrastructure<p>Kaspar Korjus has big plans for Estonia’s …

Innovation

How do you build the next-generation internet?

<b>Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today. These "quantum computers" are being developed in laboratories around the world. But scientists have already taken the next step, and are thinking about a light-based quantum internet that will have to be just as</b> …

Quantum Mechanics

Google is really good at design

The nerds have finally figured it out.<p>There’s a past version of me who probably wouldn’t have believed that the devices Google announced at its fall …

Web Design

The banning of Rose McGowan shows nothing's changed at Twitter

The platform ‘sucks’ at dealing with abuse, its ex-CEO said. So you’d think they’d have learned not to silence an actor calling out Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse<p>Twitter has a great habit of introducing changes nobody wants (increasing the character limit to 280), and not acting on the things …

Opinion