It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn’t opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That’s right. Forget our students’ math test scores and our number of fighter jets, China is eating our lunch in the only area that really matters. And that…
Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now.
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Would you eat at a market inspired by the 1982 dystopian classic Blade Runner? Anthony Bourdain is hoping you will. He’s currently negotiating to open a market in the renovated 100,000 square foot SuperPier in New York. The floor plan is said to evoke “the set decor of Blade Runner and the vibrant back alleys of…
Touchscreens everywhere, voice-activated software, real-time translation and automated cyber-defenses. This may look a lot like present day, but it’s actually DARPA’s vision of current-day technology as predicted in 2001.
Your next surgery may be performed by a robot. It will be controlled by a doctor in the room, or perhaps by one across the country. What’s truly extraordinary, though, is where these surgery robots came from. Their origin stories stretch back to the radioactive labs of the atomic age.
If you’re going to put a bottle of wine in a time capsule, maybe don’t bother with a cheap rosé.
How do we know that we live in the future? Politicians are shaking hands with robots. Like a lot. The practice may seem silly, but new research shows that shaking hands with a robot can actually be useful for building trust during business negotiations — provided the robot is controlled by a human negotiator.
You can keep your flying cars and jetpacks. The real sign that we’re living in the future? Easy: real-time language translation. Skype just put its version into wide release. But effortless translation is something we’ve been waiting on for quite some time, as you can see from this 1993 clip of an AT&T concept video…
A flying car crashed during a test flight in Slovakia on Friday. The Aeromobil car was piloted by Stefan Klein, a co-founder of the company. Klein was able to deploy a parachute for the vehicle, which is said to have helped ease the severity of the impact.
People often think about internet spying as relatively new. But the internet was used for spying before we even called it the internet—and when we look back at news articles from the era, we can’t say we weren’t warned.
Alex Garland’s new movie Ex Machina is a dark and sometimes disturbing look at robots, artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human. I talked with Garland about his childhood expectations for the future, why people don’t seem to care about the Snowden leaks, and whether Ray Kurzweil is full of shit. Ex…
John Conrad Berkey (August 13, 1932 – April 29, 2008) was probably the best known and loved space artist who ever lived on this planet. You may have seen the world-famous American illustrator’s work on dozens of book covers and NASA concept art, or admired his early Star Wars and Star Trek paintings.
Recently, we did an experiment: We took an outdated issue of a respected popular science magazine, Scientific American, and researched exactly what happened to the highly-touted breakthroughs of the era that would supposedly change everything. What we discovered is just how terrible we are at predicting the long arc…
Joseph Lechleider, the first person to show that it was possible to reliably send broadband signals over traditional copper telephone lines, has died. He was 82.
Time capsule hunters looking for the elusive Astrodome time capsule in Houston think they’ve finally figured out where it is. Unfortunately, the location means they won’t be able to retrieve it until after the Astrodome is destroyed.
There was a time when people proudly wore pins and badges of notable space achievements on their clothes. Such pins were very popular in the Soviet Union—and anybody could buy almost any kind, choosing from a wide variety of these little decorative items.
In late October of 1971 a group of academics and technologists gathered at a conference at Georgetown. They were given the task of devising the most comprehensive (yet invisible) surveillance program imaginable. What they came up with sounds an awful lot like our current debit card system.