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How Science Fiction Helps Predict The Future

Video: When people imagine the future, it’s always coloured and limited by the constraints of their reality. The smartest person hundreds of years ago could not imagine the things we have now because what is science to us was essentially magic to them back then — the understanding just wasn’t there yet. That’s where science fiction steps in. The wild imagination of futuristic storytelling turns walls into windows, puts thought outside the box and breaks the constraints that science can set on us.


The Future Is Just Two Years Away Forever Until You're Dead

Did you see the Hyperloop news out of Davos? You could be zipping around in a real-life Hyperloop by 2018! It’s 2016 now, so that makes it… just two years away! Where have we heard that before?


Old Cigarette Card Prophecies Of Future Were Sometimes Surprisingly Accurate 

Giant human brain for research purposes? Nope, nope. Nuclear fuel for ships? Yes, yes! Aerodromes in the middle of big cities? Sadly no. Will man travel in space? Absolutely! Hidden away in a sub collection, these old cigarette cards from the Digital Collections of the New York Public Library were sometimes eerily prescient when it came to predicting future.


Video: What Movies Have Thought The Future Would Look Like

It’s always fun to look back at movies set in the future and see what their vision of the future was. Even though it’s more a reflection of the time period the movie was made and their imagination is limited to what was around them, it’s cool to see what was right and what was totally off. Robert Jones made this compilation of futuristic movies and spliced together what we thought the future would look like in this excellent video.


What Humans And Life Will Be Like In 1000 Years

Video: ASAP Science attempts to explain what life and humans would be like 1000 years in the future. Nanobots would help us limit human weaknesses, buildings would be able to disassemble and reassemble like Transformers, the number of languages would decrease, our skin would get darker, we’d be able to artificially select desirable traits, and so much more. The future is going to be crazy.


Meanwhile In The Future: One Agency Controls All Border Crossings

Every time you go from one country to the next, you cross a border. And that usually means dealing with some kind of border agency that enforces each country’s idiosyncratic rules and regulations. But what if the whole process were standardised and run by a single organisation?


Russia Wants People To Road Trip From New York To London (via Moscow)

Between the western shores of Alaska and the northeastern tip of Russia, the Bering Strait is so narrow that you could drive across it in an hour, if only there were a tunnel beneath the sea. And Russian Railways wants to build one, as part of a massive road and rail project that would stretch from New York to London by way of Canada, Alaska, Russia, and continental Europe.


Here's More Awesome Footage Of The Lexus Hoverboard

That Lexus hoverboard that we all got collectively giddy about — until we realised we could probably never afford one (if they were ever going to actually build more than one) — is going to be shown off in full on August 5th. Lexus is saying that it will be revealing everything about the project then, which cool, we’ll see it float around in a skate park and our minds will explode and we’ll thank Back to the Future for the advancement of humanity.


Meanwhile In The Future: What Happens When All Planes Are Grounded

Need to get from New York to Paris? Or San Diego? Chances are, you’re hopping on a plane. But commercial flights aren’t just annoying and expensive they also input a ton of carbon into the environment, contributing to climate change. So what if we stopped flights to save the planet? What would happen next?


Meanwhile In The Future: Death By Supernova

We often think of stars as twinkling, harmless little points of light that fill our night sky with majesty. But stars can be dangerous too. When they come to the end of their lifespan, some stars explode fantastically as supernovae. So what would happen if one of those giant explosions happened nearby?


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