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 Are 3D Printers The New VR?

Has the 3D printer craze fizzled out? What are the trends in consumer 3D printers? Is this technology doomed to obscolescence? See more »

FW: Thinking: Racing To The Future!

 FW: Thinking: Racing To The Future!

Toyota has created a cutting edge simulator designed to help racing teams become familiar with every track in all sorts of conditions. It’s an incredible machine. And simulations are playing an important role in our journey into the future. See more »

Monkeys, Hamlet and Brain-Computer Interfaces

 Monkeys, Hamlet and Brain-Computer Interfaces

How did Stanford teach monkeys to transcribe Hamlet using only their monkey brains? And how could this technology benefit us in the future? We revisit computer-brain interfaces. See more »

The AI Arms Race Part Two

 The AI Arms Race Part Two

Are we destined for an AI arms race? Why would nations race to develop AI? And will we ever create superintelligent AI? See more »

The AI Arms Race Part One

 The AI Arms Race Part One

What is artificial intelligence? What's the difference between weak, strong, narrow and general AI? And what's state of the art today? See more »

FW: Thinking: Could We Build A Real Warp Drive?

 FW: Thinking: Could We Build A Real Warp Drive?

Stars are insanely far away. Science fiction writers have solved the problem with the "warp drive," which allows future humans to travel faster than light, crossing the vast emptiness of space. See more »

FW: Thinking: Would You Have A Romantic Relationship With A Robot?

 FW: Thinking: Would You Have A Romantic Relationship With A Robot?

With every passing year robots and artificial intelligence become more life-like and sophisticated. But how does that affect romance? See more »

Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Stone

 Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Stone

Carbon capture sequestration is all about removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Can we convert the greenhouse gas into solid rock? See more »

FW: Thinking: Proxima B: Another Earth Just Next Door

 FW: Thinking: Proxima B: Another Earth Just Next Door

In August 2016 astronomers made a huge announcement: they had discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet right in our cosmic backyard. The world is called Proxima B, and it's located within Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth. See more »

Moral Bioenhancements Part Two

 Moral Bioenhancements Part Two

If you could make the world a better place by removing the ability for people to make selfish choices, would you do it? We continue the conversation. See more »

Moral Bioenhancements Part One

 Moral Bioenhancements Part One

If you could make the world a better place by removing the ability for people to make selfish choices, would you do it? See more »

FW: Thinking: Will Robots Be Made of Living Tissue?

 FW: Thinking: Will Robots Be Made of Living Tissue?

Although biomimicking robots may be the wave of the future, our technology isn't quite there yet. Until we make a few major breakthroughs in shrinking and powering portable mechanical parts, there's just no way that our robots can compete with the mo See more »

FW: Thinking: Hacking People For Good

 FW: Thinking: Hacking People For Good

In the future a wave of biologic super-enhancements will make you and me faster, smarter, stronger and healthier… but what about BETTER? See more »

The Future of Voting

 The Future of Voting

Voting technology is tricky. It's outdated in many jurisdictions but the next step might have big security problems. What is the future of voting? See more »

Groovy Moon Boots

 Groovy Moon Boots

How could haptic feedback motors improve the boots astronauts wear? And what are some other applications? See more »

FW: Thinking: Is It Time To Build Floating Airports?

 FW: Thinking: Is It Time To Build Floating Airports?

Floating airports would solve some major problems that plague their land-bound cousins, offering virtually unlimited runway expansion to cities with very limited land area. Today we're looking at the crazy engineering ideas that could be the future o See more »

The End Of Moore's Law? (Not Really)

 The End Of Moore's Law? (Not Really)

By 2021, we won't be able to shrink transistors down any further. What does this mean for Moore's Law? See more »

Solar Impulse Ends its Journey

 Solar Impulse Ends its Journey

In 2014, we talked about how the Solar Impulse aircraft would fly around the globe using solar energy to create electricity. Two years later, that journey is over. How did it do? See more »

FW: Thinking: Can We Use Genetics To Build NEW Species?

 FW: Thinking: Can We Use Genetics To Build NEW Species?

Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute sequenced the genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides and coded it into a computer. See more »

Automatic Cybersecurity

 Automatic Cybersecurity

Every year, programmers write more than a trillion lines of code. How could automated cybersecurity systems help our technology stay safe from malicious hackers? See more »