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Meanwhile In The Future: Cross The Border Using Only Your Face As ID

This week, we go to a world where facial recognition is so good that any company can grab an image of your face while you’re walking down the street, and link it to everything from your social media profiles, to your credit score, to your workplace.


Testing Kids For 'Potential Depression' Seems Like A Bad Idea

What if you lived in a world where every kid got tested for potential depression when they were in primary school?


How Close Are We To Creating A Star Trek-Like 'Holodeck'?

Hundreds of years, if it’s possible at all. There are several main technologies that are on display in a holodeck, some of which we are closer to and some of which we are further away from.


Meanwhile In The Future: Extreme Body Modification

We all want to be our best selves. But what if you could add almost anything to your body and mind? A camera here, an exoskeleton there. This is the world that some biohackers imagine — one in which humans can extend their abilities beyond the limits biology has set for us. But what does that world look like?


The Guy Who Invented Mobile Phones Thinks Apps Suck 

The inventor of the first mobile phone thinks that someday we’ll all have tiny computers implanted behind our ears instead of phones. He also thinks apps are terrible.


Wait A Minute, Did Lexus Actually Make A Working Hoverboard?

The latest video in Lexus’ Amazing in Motion series reveals what the company is claiming is a working hoverboard that manages to float about an inch off the ground. It’s a far cry from what we saw in Back to the Future 2, but has the carmaker brought us one step closer to our dreams?


Meanwhile In The Future: Never Sleep Again, Using This Drug

If there was a drug that meant you never had to sleep again, would you take it? Would those who didn’t need to sleep have special advantages over those who did? All that and a side of zombies, in this week’s episode of Meanwhile in the Future.


This Might Be The First Building Designed By Facebook Poll

Getting a building approved by the public is tough — a few strong voices in the neighbourhood could easily bring down the entire process. To win the public over, designer Karim Rashid turned to his Facebook page, asking his over 421,000 fans to vote on which concept for a new building they liked best.


Prelude To A Robot Uprising

Technology Begets Technology. I’ve been staring at this banner at the DARPA Robotics Challenge for what feels like a solid minute, trying to figure out what the hell it means.


Meanwhile In The Future: Football Has Been Banned

This week on Meanwhile in the Future we step onto the field and talk about contact sports. What would it take to create a future in which the most dangerous sports die out? What are those sports to begin with? What does a world without football look like?


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