Forget flying cars and jetpacks, WHERE'S MY ROBOT DOG?
Many American kids of the 1950s and 60s were absolutely obsessed with all things space. They were particularly enamored with the space action heroes that they saw on TV — in shows like Captain Video, Space Patrol, and Commando Cody.
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Some day a President of the United States may be elected “electronically.” This sentence wouldn’t look out of place in any news story from the 21st century, despite quotes around the word “electronically.” But believe it or not, that prediction comes from a magazine article in 1945.
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Today moviegoers complain about films being too formulaic. But in 1931, one Hollywood writer of now largely forgotten movies thought that turning screenwriting into a formula was a pretty good idea. So he invented the Plot Robot.
Is the L.A. of 2014 driving around on a road network built for the L.A. of the 1980s? That's one conclusion two researchers at Arizona State University draw from their above data visualization, which uses building records from the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office to infer the age of the metropolis' roads. Green…
In a new essay at the New York Times, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester asks the retro-futurist's most daunting question: Where's my flying car?
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A few months ago we did a little fact-checking and found out that UberFacts is full of shit . So we wanted to give them another shot. The results? UberFacts is still spreading way too much misinformation.
Google's latest attempt to make Glass™™™ fashionable reminds me (at least aesthetically) of Sony's Glasstron — a cyberpunk headset display from 1998. The company claimed that it "replicates the viewing experience of a 52-inch TV at 6.5 feet."
Earlier this week, we learned that Apple's Touch ID could be used in third party apps with iOS 8, paving the way to make your fingerprint a universal password. On a seemingly unrelated note, we also discovered a concept cigarette designed to help you quit smoking. And suddenly, it seemed apparent. We're living in The…
Futurist-minded weirdos were dreaming up 3D movies as early as the 1910s, back when feature-length films were still in their infancy. But in 1928 the hot new techno-hype was all about television: specifically, 3D TV that people could watch in a theater. Complete with that newfangled sync-sound!
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Did you ever dream of visiting the small town in Back to the Future? Well, now might be your chance. This summer, a group called Secret Cinema is building a full-scale version of Hill Valley in a secret London location. And rumor has it that you'll be able to immerse yourself in not only the 1955 and 1985 version —…
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A few weeks ago we looked at the broken promises of Terrafugia — a flying car company with a product that's always just two years away. Well, we've got an important update. The company is looking for just $30 million more to get their product off the ground.
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