Not too long ago, the interwebs were in a tizzy about Russian media mogul Dmitry Itskov's bold Russia 2045 project, which promised the human race immortality (through robot bodies) by the year 2045. Along with that proclamation came a dramatic video and a zealous timeline of events leading up to the human race's eventual death-proofing. Sometime between 2015 and 2020, the goal is the "birth of the avatar," a leap forward in robot/human interaction. Checking our calendars, 2015 isn't that far off for that magnitude of a change in the human experience, even for a project looking to bring about the birth of the "neo-human." So how close are we really to achieving it? Here are 10 robots, constructed and ready to transform society's skin.
This kitchen concept washes the dishes and eliminates the need to put them away, as the overhead innovation serves as both a dishwasher and a cabinet. Plus, it works without water. Consider us interested.
As far as humans are concerned, the most important part of a spaceship isn't the turbodrive or the turbolifts or even the turbolasers. No, it's the life support system, the thing that keeps us from, you know, dying. These systems are generally bulky and complex, but a new concept from NASA would weave them directly into spaceship hulls instead.
Every day, new technology is being developed to make criminal activities more difficult. From predicting crime before it happens to reading minds to new crime scene investigation tools, future criminals are going to have a difficult time getting away with anything. Here's a list of technology that will help fight crime in the future — maybe even the near-future.
There's one simple reason why we don't have space telescopes the size of yo momma (like, kilometer-sized) in orbit right now, and that's because they're just too big and too fat to launch. A company called Tethers Unlimited has received a pile o' cash from NASA to figure out how to build giant structures in orbit instead.
Space, you understand, is a long way from here. It's a long way straight up, which is one of the more difficult directions in which to travel. A particularly convenient way to travel straight up is with an elevator, and a company called LiftPort wants to fund the first stages of an elevator all the way to space, through Kickstarter.
Until now, stitches and surgical sutures have acted matter-of-factly as medical tools — they close your wound until the incision or cut heals. Now, there's a new kind of suture on the horizon, one that comes fitted with micro-thin sensors to monitor the health of the wound, as well as deliver healing heat to the site on the fly.
Up until now the most important test for robot sentience has been the Turing Test. But now a roboticist at Yale hopes change the metric for robot consciousness by introducing a testing tool normally used on animals: a mirror.
Google's driverless car team recently decided that they will begin using robot cars on their commute to work, but for most of us such luxuries are still a ways off. In the meantime, Michigan has announced its own test of an automated traffic safety system.
The Airpod is a new entry into the alternative car market. It's small and futuristic looking like many other models, but with one key difference: it runs on air.