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Meanwhile In The Future: A Second Moon For Earth

This week on Meanwhile in the Future, we ask what would happen if Earth had a second moon. How exactly that happens I won’t reveal — you’ll have to listen! But once it does, there are some really interesting things that we might notice on Earth, from tides and the night sky, to the potential destruction of Earth.


Robot Dogs Will Replace Pets In Super-Dense Cities

Keeping a pet healthy requires resources and open space, and in the cities of the future both may be at such a premium that live pets will become a thing of the past. Australian researcher Jean-Loup Rault suggests robotic and virtual-reality pets may replace the real thing.


The Rise Of Automated Cars Will Kill Thousands Of Jobs Beyond Driving

Perhaps the most important thing to understand about a future in which your car is fully autonomous is that it probably won’t be your car. Most people who have given serious thought to the optimal role of self-driving cars seem to agree that, at least in densely populated areas, they are likely to be a shared resource.


Meet The Futurist Politicians Who Want Free Education And Free Internet

The day is coming when designer babies are the norm, space travel is available to everyone, and robots have personhood and even pay taxes. It may not be coming soon, but a number of futurist political parties have emerged in the last few years to make sure we’re ready when it does.


IKEA's Futuristic Concept Kitchen Is Designed For Drought And Scarcity 

More than any other room in your house, the kitchen has changed radically in the past 100 years. And according to IKEA, it’s going to change even more over the next decade.


How An Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Novel Imagined The Future 122 Years Ago

La Fin du Monde (The End of the World), is a 19th century science fiction novel about a comet colliding with the Earth, followed by several million years leading up to the gradual death of the planet. The book was written by French astronomer and author Camille Flammarion, first published in 1893, and adapted to movie in 1931.


Your Tesla Is About To Become Autonomous

Earlier this week, we heard billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk describe his vision for the future of self-driving vehicles. Turns out, when Musk said “we’ll be there in a few years,” what he actually meant was, his company, Tesla, will be there this summer. Slip of the tongue.


How The Creators Of Monument Valley Are Re-Inventing The Car Instrument Cluster

Despite the total flexibility of a digital dashboard, for now they tend to look a lot like the physical dials and gauges that have been in use for generations. No one is suggesting this is actually the best way, but few have actually gone about designing something better. Until now.


Dubai's 3D-Printed Museum Of The Future Looks Like Hollywood

Dubai’s newly announced “Museum of the Future” is doing its best to live up to the name.


Is The Internet Killing Our Individuality?

This neat short film by British motion designer Thom Haig lays out some very interesting questions about our future: Is the internet and the new connectivity systems affecting our individuality? Are we capable of creating new thoughts or we are just simply replicating the same ideas over and over again?