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Ten Technologies That Could Enslave Humanity

While humans continue to mould and shape technology, it's just a matter of time before technologies start moulding and shaping us, too. This video investigates ten current technologies that could go on to enslave us in the future. Read More >>

All of the Real Life Technologies That Star Trek Predicted

Believe it or not, over the years the Star Trek writers have predicted everything from tablets, to Google Glass, to even 3D printers. Of course the replicators aboard the USS Enterprise were far more advanced than even the most cutting-edge 3D printers we have now, but it's only a matter of time before a mug of piping hot Earl Grey tea is just a voice command away. [YouTube via Tastefully Offensive] Read More >>

14 iOS Design Trends for 2014

Just as we did a year ago, I'm kicking off 2014 with a list of design trends I expect to gain ground over the next twelve months. The world of interactive design is an extreme fluid in terms of what's determined as a staple of good design from year to year. 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 >>

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 >>

13 Design Trends For 2013

What better way to start the year than to make predictions – some obvious, some not so obvious – as to what trends will become more widely used in the design community. Each year seems to bring new ideas to the community and once they gain enough traction, they eventually become the norm (we're looking at you, "pull to refresh"). Read More >>

What Are Your Biggest Hopes for the Gadgets of 2013?

We're about to put a big year behind us, but there's also a big one ahead. We can expect the launch of next-gen game consoles, an inevitable onslaught of phablets, the death/rebirth of RIM, maybe a retina iPad Mini and who knows what else. What prospects have your hopes up? What is it you really want to see (or desperately want to not see) in the coming year? Read More >>

Will We Have Cognitive Computers That Feel and Smell in the Next Five Years?

At the end of each year, IBM releases its "5 in 5" — five technology predictions that IBM researchers foresee coming to fruition within the coming five years. These predictions are based on everything from emerging market trends to cultural and social behaviours to actual technologies IBM has incubating in its many labs. And if this year's predictions are to be believed, many computational systems — from your tablet and laptop to your smartphone — are about to get a lot more sensory, learning to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in their own digital ways. 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 >>

What Kids in 1977 Thought the Year 2000 Would Look Like

On February 26, 1977 in Steubenville, Ohio, the Herald Star asked people to make their predictions of the year 2000. Most of the letters predicting the future came from 10-12 year old kids still in middle school. What's amazing is how right some of them actually were. Read More >>

"Hit Potential Equation" Computes a Song's Pop Chart Success Potential

Scientists at the University of Bristol are claiming to have created a form of music analysis tool, which calculates the chances of a pop song being a smash. Today's chart music? Entirely predictable? You don't say. Read More >>

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Apple Predicted Siri 24 Years Ago So Perfectly It's Scary

This just blew my mind. Back in 1987 Apple made a video about a future computer that would have a touchscreen with a computerize assistant you could talk to. They were off in their prediction by only 18 days. Wow. Read More >>

The Best iPod Prediction Ever Made

Apple's original iPod came out ten years ago this month. It will likely die tomorrow (at least its Classic form). Yet the original iPod begat the iPhone and iOS. It changed computing. Almost nobody realised that at the time. Read More >>


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