Here are the Real-World Places Behind Hollywood's Sci-Fi Dystopias

If you ever find yourself touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking that you're actually a minor role in a film, since the state has been turned into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It's not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades. Read More >>

A Glimpse of the Strange Sci-Fi Houses of Earth's Alien Future

Admit it; you've thought about life in the far flung, alien future. Maybe you've thought about it today, whether it's a skyscraping utopia or a scarred nuclear desert full of mobile monoliths. Artists and architects are thinking about it too, and their visions of what may come will really get your future fantasies cooking. Read More >>

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A Closer Look at How 3D Colour Printing Could Change the World

3D printing has been largely limited to working with single-colour creations, but recently designers have started to explore more colourful results. Objet500 Connex3 is the latest along those lines, a machine that can print in 46 hues and multiple materials. Read More >>

Prepare Yourself For the Age of the Super-Rat

Do you hate rats? If so, you're not going to like what a University of Leicester paleobiologist has to say about the future of Earth. This week, Dr. Zalasiewicz reported on the heartiness—and ambitiousness—of rats, explaining how our rapidly changing planet is soon going to be filled with gigantic, super-evolved rodents. Read More >>

Don't Worry About the Chrimbo Flab, Ray Kurzweil Says We'll Soon be Able to Switch Off Our Fat Cells

Ray Kurzweil, a man who has a lucky habit of guessing things about the future that usually turn out to be on the money, believes we're on the cusp of extending our lives even further, thanks to nanobots and the looming ability to deactivate our body's ability to store fat. Read More >>

Five Supersonic Concepts That'll Get You to New York By Tea-Time

The 10th anniversary of Concorde's last flight sadly means it's been 10 years since your average (albeit wealthy) Joe could travel faster than the speed of sound. Although Concorde isn't going to be taking off any time soon, these supersonic concepts might fill that sonic-boom sized hole in your heart -- and for a damn sight cheaper, too. Read More >>

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Learn More About Time Travel so You Can be Prepared for the Future

Though most of us probably think time travel only works inside a DeLorean, much smarter folks out there can explain it slightly better than Doc Brown. Like this TED-Ed animation narrated by Colin Stuart. It reveals how time travel is possible, who has time travelled the longest, the history of time travel and the hopeful future. Learn something and then maybe we'll be ready for the future. [TED-Ed] Read More >>

Oh Yes, an Iranian Scientist Has Invented a Time Machine (So He Says)

Ali Razeghi, an Iranian scientist who is the managing director of Iran's Centre for Strategic Inventions, has done something only the great Doc Brown has done: he's created a time machine. But unlike Doc's DeLorean, Razeghi's "The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine" can only take you to the future. What are we waiting for? Let's go! Read More >>

What 1988 Los Angeles Thought It'd Look Like in 2013

Everybody always imagines the future looking way cooler than it actually does. The Los Angeles Times just re-proved the point by republishing a 1988 issue in which it made a slew of guesses about 2013. Some of them were right, but unfortunately cars still don't look that cool. Read More >>

This Is the Exact Date When Our Computer World Ends

The world didn't end last Friday just like the world didn't end in the year 2000, with failing computers deleting bank accounts and crashing airplanes. That doesn't mean the world isn't going to end. It will. And if we keep our current operating systems, this is the exact date when all goes poof: 15:30:08 UTC on December 4th of the Year of Our Lord 292,277,026,596. Read More >>

Google's Pre-Search Division Wants to Give You Answers Before You Ask the Questions

Google's working on building a new kind of mobile search tool, one which pre-guesses what you're likely to be looking for and pings you a little update before you ask. Sort of like a clairvoyant butler arriving with a bacon sandwich when you need it most. Read More >>

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Says "Let There Be More Hardware"

While Surface might not be the Windows tablet saviour many were clamouring for, Microsoft's chief Steve Ballmer told the Beeb that more hardware will be on the way to set a "new standard" in "important opportunities". So, does that mean more hardware that can double as skateboards? Read More >>

Lytro Founder On the Ultimate Question: When Will Smartphones Have Light-Field?

Rarely am I given the opportunity to interview a genius. Someone who has really shaken up the tech world. So, when the opportunity to interview the founder and inventor of Lytro Cameras, Dr Ren Ng, presented itself I leapt at the chance. One thing is for sure: the man -- like his iconic camera -- does not disappoint. His is a story that will change the way you take photos. Pull focus with us. Read More >>

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This Lost Speech from 1983 Will Make You Think That Steve Jobs Was from the Future

Here's a possible explanation as to how Apple became so successful: Steve Jobs might've been from the future. That's not true, of course, but to hear him nail so many predictions about modern technology back in 1983, it begins to feel like the only explanation. Read More >>

Awesome Jetsons Tech That's Still Not Here Yet

The other day, The Jetsons celebrated its 50th birthday. It may seem like we're living in the future these days, but, half a century after the show's original 24 episode run, we still don't have a lot of that juicy future-tech. Here are a couple of the most glaring absences. Read More >>

Nvidia Reckons That Next-Gen Consoles Will be the Last

According to the Nvidia's cloud gaming boss, the Nintendo Wii U and the next-gen successors to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 could very well be the last of home consoles gracing consumers, as cloud gaming ramps up, brings down latency and could very well be the future of home gaming. Read More >>


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