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Scientists recently developed a method to convert sewage into biocrude oil, so it appears that our future will quite literally be shit. According to a report from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, researchers converted poop to oil using a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. PNNL explains that hydrothermal liquefaction "mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years."

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Drone deliveries are the future. Years from now we really will be able to order something online and have it dropped off at our door hours later by a tiny flying robot. But presently there are some issues with drone deliveries. And they're only partially related to aviation laws. Quadcopter-based deliveries have to struggle with the weather, tiny delivery zones and drones potentially falling out of the sky. Zipline, a robotics company based out of San Francisco, claims it solved those issues.

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2015 was an insanely wild year in robotics: From leaps in AI technology to piloted, Gundam-like battle machines. We're living in a bizarre, sci-fi world that entangles humans with robots more than ever before. Here are ten of the craziest 'bots from the past year.

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The HoloLens headset from Microsoft is the world's first untethered wearable that generates holograms before your eyes. It's been nearly a year since we first strapped a prototype to our faces, and as the tech goliath prepares to unleash a first batch of units to developers in the coming months, I was invited to check out just how far the technology has come. Holograms are here people — and they're going to change your life.

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Movies — no matter how groundbreaking or vision changing or future defining — are trapped under the limitations of the technology of their time. Which often means that a movie's imagination of the future is handcuffed with those same limitations. Their vision of the future may be correct but the technology used to execute that idea is often hilariously outdated.

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Video: If real life imitates art, we're doomed. This teaser video for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 video game paints a very plausible vision of the future, so much so that watching it totally feels like channel-surfing while fast-forwarding through time. We're going to build awesome stuff, which is great, and then ruin ourselves with said awesome stuff, which is not so great.