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.
Years after we got a look at those soul crushing human power plants in The Matrix is turns out that the idea our fictional robot overlords had may not be so far fetched after all.
There are spaceports all over the world, but they're built by governments and militaries and meant for launching super secret spacecraft, not your luxury liner to the moon. The idea of regular spaceflight is still something we leave to astronauts and sci-fi authors, but the U.K. is taking its first step toward that goal, and the U.S. its second.
As if we needed another human job removed from the list of ways to pay back our college loans, the good folks at Carnegie Mellon University have unveiled a new robot designed to be the perfect stock manager.
A couple of years ago we introduced you to Japan's first successful holographic singing idol Hatsune Miku. Since then its popularity has only grown, so much so that one fan even decided to hack together an augmented reality date with the blue-haired celebrity.
In the wake of the amazing Google Glass skydiving stunt and news that Apple has been granted a head mounted display patent, it's clear that the wearable computing field is heating up. Now adding its name to the list of companies vying for a piece this emerging market is Olympus.
A new camera idea joins the many tech products that go by the name Iris, but this one might be the coolest yet. This new technology aims to use eye-tracking and biometric detection to provide a totally frictionless device for taking photos. In other words, it shoots when you blink.
We previously explored how science fiction movies, books, games and more inspire the technology we use today. So, what about the future? What great inventions from science fiction are lurking around the corner? For example, what if you could ride around town in your very own landspeeder, or travel the world by simply standing on your very own teleporter pad and telling it where to send you? Here's a list of the top 10 most promising up and coming technological inventions inspired by the pages, scenes and sounds of science fiction.