The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is at places only five to eight feet above sea level, and the islands are gradually sinking. After considering many proposals, the country's government has begun a joint venture with a Dutch company to create artificial floating islands to house the nation — and attract tourism.
It's been a big week for NASA, but just because Curiosity is (incredibly) now safe on the surface of Mars doesn't mean that the agency gets to take a break. Instead, it's looking ahead. Far, far ahead, by funding 28 advanced technology concepts ranging from submarines for Europa to robots for the Moon.
In the future, police may analyze highly detailed, glowing fingerprints instead of dusting a crime scene. A research team in China has developed a process by which fingerprints both old and new are not only more detailed, but could allow authorities to pick up extra evidence, such as drug use.
3D printing seems to be everywhere these days, but usually it's just for making small machines or mechanical parts. Now a professor from the University of Southern California says that we need to think bigger, and has developed a system to print entire buildings in less than a single day.
Endurance, performance and time. These are the holy-grail for any Olympic athlete. To possess even the smallest advantage in these areas could mean Gold. And everyone wants Gold. So if you can't get the edge from performance enhancing drugs, what else can you do to push ahead of the competition? We've all heard about the advances in hardware that athletes can use to help them attain better performances — we're talking specialized swimwear, carbon fiber bike frames and boat shells and the like. We also know that athletes train with the most high tech items at their disposal, meaning suits with motion sensors and 3D cameras everywhere to help map the optimum performance. But to get that edge, some athletes are turning towards some pretty strange training techniques. Instead of tweaking their tools, they are tweaking themselves, courtesy of some odd new methods. So much so, in fact, that this stuff sounds a lot like science fiction, and is rapidly becoming a reality in order to go for the Gold.
As if we didn't have enough to worry about with land-based humanoid robots and aerial drones hastening the coming robocalypse, now a terrifyingly convincing sea faring robot has been created called the Mantabot.
Imagine something that's made of glass: your home's windows, a car's windshield, the screen on your smartphone. Now imagine that glass surface acting as a power generator. That could be a reality one day soon, thanks to a new transparent solar cell developed by researchers at UCLA.
Touchscreens are a friend and a foe. On the one hand, touchscreens have completely revolutionized gadget design. On the other, they can get be a germaphobe's worst nightmare. Using a chemical found in paint, scientists say touchscreen devices coated with it can rid themselves of grime.
SpaceX's Elon Musk wants to take astronauts to the International Space Station. He wants to take humanity to Mars. You'd think he would forget all about Earth by now, but here's one for us terrestrials: Musk calls it the Hyperloop, and it's a system that never crashes, ignores the weather and is twice as fast as your average plane.
Chances are you will not have a job in the future. This isn't anything against you personally, or even a comment on the economy. It's just a statement of fact. As technology (and specifically robotics) marches into the future, there will simply less of a need for human workers and all their annoying human-y hang-ups such as "due compensation," "sick time" and "sleep." Futurist Thomas Frey has gone as far to predict that two billion jobs (nearly 50% of all current jobs) will be technologically outmoded by 2030. If this prediction holds true, any child born today will graduate from high school into a radically different world where all human needs are met cheaply, but where there will be little need for actual humans. We've only begun to see the beginning of this new jobless age where all services are filled by robots and other assorted automatons. And this coming iceberg is much bigger than you probably think. Here, we present a list of jobs will be "manned" by robots in the closer-than-you-think future.