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Did you know the Hale-Bopp comet will return 2372 years from now, while in 50,000 years, Niagara Falls will disappear? And a mere five million years from now, men will be extinct, thanks to the Y chromosome’s instability. These are just some of the gems in the BBC’s Timeline of the Far Future, a major events forecast for the next 100 quintillion years.
Though most of us probably think time travel only works inside a DeLorean, much smarter folks out there can explain it slightly better than Doc Brown. Like this TED-Ed animation narrated by Colin Stuart.
We poke fun of Siri and pretend to get scared by Humanoid robots and make our neck hair stand up straight by watching quadrocopters do amazing things, but the truth is artificial intelligence is still pretty dumb. But that’s going to change! The rise of artificial intelligence is happening and they’re learning a lot more about us because we’re learning more about them. Sort of.
Samsung’s put together a sci-fi vision of the mobile phones of the future, showing us fold-out models, bendy tech, weird orange things and wearable sensors that scan our bodies to see if we’re unwell. We’d settle for a battery that could last more than a day.
Volkswagen wanted to build a car that could go 100km on a litre of fuel. Now, 15 years after setting that challenge for itself, it has exceeded its goals in almost every way. The VW XL1 is built like a supercar, looks like a spacepod, feels like a production model and crosses the Autobahn while using barely 0.009 litres of fuel every kilometre. This is what it’s like to drive the future.
The January 1987 issue of the legendary (and sadly, now defunct) Omni magazine included predictions from 14 “great minds” about what the world might look like in 20 years. By the year 2007, musician David Byrne believed that computers would do little for future musicians outside of their bookkeeping.
As I’ve mentioned before, time capsules typically don’t have the most interesting things in them. You’ll usually be lucky to find a handwritten note and a couple of photos. But, every once in a while, a time capsule will emerge with some cool, decade-defining technology inside.
If you think about how connected we are — smartphones in our pocket, computers on our laps, internet at our fingertips — it might be reasonable to assume that we kind of, sort of already are cyborgs. Can you imagine if someone in the past saw a person wearing Google Glass today? He’d totally believe that person was half-robot.
Big Data — information sets too large to be effectively computed on desktop systems — isn’t just the buzzword du jour. It provides an unprecedented ability for business and industry to precisely model the effects of past managerial decisions on the bottom line. But an emerging analytical process called prescriptive analytics could help companies not only learn from previous decisions, but predict and plan for upcoming issues as well. It’s Big Data evolved, and it could change how the world does business.
Biomimicry borrows design solutions from the embedded intelligence within animals’ bodies — chiefly from other species. But it occasionally also borrows from within the human body. For example, a new study from MIT suggests that buildings of the future could be built with super-strong materials based on the structure of human bones.