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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 It's outdated in many jurisdictions but the next step might have big security problems.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?

Groovy Moon Boots

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

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 of airports.

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?

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?

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. After intensive study, they understood the genome well enough to create a synthetic version of the organism FROM SCRATCH.

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?

Cyborg Slugs and Synthetic Stingrays

We explore the wonderful, terrifying world of combining technology and organic material. From robots with slug muscles to an artificial stingray, what's up with cyborgs?

FW: Thinking: Robots Must Pay For Their Crimes!

Traditionally when a robot injures someone or damages property we hold the robot's creator or owner accountable. But that notion is changing. On May 31, 2016 the European Parliament received a report from the Commission on Legal Affairs saying that, depending on circumstances, the ROBOT might be held responsible for its own actions!

Cognitive Buildings

What if your building could think? Cognitive buildings are an integrated approach to the Internet of Things concept.

Are Futuristic Floating Airports Already Beached?

Back in the 1930s, engineers suggested we build floating airports on the water to work around space constraints. Is it finally time to build one?

You Have Twenty Seconds To Comply

Robot security guards have been around for a couple of years. What role do they fill? Are we creating the robot army destined to overthrow us?

Are robots electronic persons?

A draft report for the EU suggests ways we should prepare for a new industrial revolution powered by robots. Is it time to make them electronic persons?

FW: Thinking: Edible Electronics

Edible electronics have all sorts of potential applications, and advances by researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University are pushing the envelope even further. From ingestible origami robots to password pills, this week we take a look at the weird future of literal technology consumption!

Fw:Thinking: The Future of Pain!

In this episode we look at the future of pain management - everything from using spider toxins to growing new neurons from a patient's tissue using stem cell technologies.

Private Space Stations

With the International Space Station orbiting on borrowed time, what's the future of space stations? Are private companies going to launch their own stations into orbit?

Cities of Wood and Bone

We look again at the building materials of the future. Could timber replace concrete? And what about synthetic bone?

FW: Thinking: Gene Drives: Saving lives or powering extinctions?

CRISPR is changing the landscape of genetic engineering and synthetic biology - In this episode, we take a look at one of the most powerful applications in this new landscape of genetic engineering: Gene drives.

The Future of Weather Forecasts

Why does it take so much computing power to forecast the weather? And how could a weather study help one billion people?

Fw:Thinking: Robots vs Monsoons!

Scientists from India and the UK are collaborating on the largest study of India’s monsoon season and the results could improve the lives of over one billion people.