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.
One of the most iconic sequences in sci-fi movie history is the speederbike chase through the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Now, thanks to a tiny California research group, real speeder bikes are no longer just a dream in a galaxy far, far away.
Back when I was a young whippersnapper, aerogel was a new and exciting wondermaterial. Since then, the aerated silica gel has been surpassed in some ways by other materials with even lower densities, but a new flexible incarnation of aerogel is destined to make the jump from labs at NASA to the socks on our feet.
Evan Ackerman contributed to this post. Traditional platter-based hard drives and solid state flash drives might dominate the storage landscape today, but in the future, you'll be storing more data than you could possibly sift through within your very own DNA.