Future of Technology


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Agriculture
Automation & Robotics
Biotechnology
Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Data & Information
Energy, Resources, & Sustainability
Engineering
Future of Technology
Geoengineering
History of Technology
Internet & Communication
Making
Space Exploration
Surveillance
Technology & the Self
Transport
Virtual Reality

Essay/Economics

In praise of cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike

Brett Scott

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Idea/History of Technology

What the teleprompter tells us about truth, Trump and speech

Nana Ariel

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Essay/Space Exploration

Whitey on Mars

Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley's strange trickle-down science

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel

Video/Space Exploration

Could we make a home on Mars? It would be a very unique psychological situation

3 minutes

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Idea/Future of Technology

How the dearly departed could come back to life – digitally

Muhammad A Ahmad

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Essay/Future of Technology

Crimes of the future

Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?

Sidney Perkowitz

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Essay/History of Technology

Buck to the future

He’s a forgotten hippie idol, a sage of 1960s counterculture. What can we learn from Bucky Fuller’s faith in technology?

Samanth Subramanian

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Conscious exotica

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?

Murray Shanahan

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene

Huw Price

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Idea/Future of Technology

The economy is more a messy, fractal living thing than a machine

George Zarkadakis

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Essay/History of Technology

It’s not all lightbulbs

If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way

W Patrick McCray

Idea/History of Technology

New tech only benefits the elite until the people demand more

Christopher Jones

Idea/Human Enhancement

Humans have long wished to fly like birds: maybe we shall

Nicholas Carr

Idea/Art

Does technological analysis destroy the romance of art history?

Noah Charney

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

There is no difference between computer art and human art

Oliver Roeder

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Essay/Biotechnology

Bio-techne

Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones – the Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories?

Adrienne Mayor

Idea/Space Exploration

We can begin an interstellar mission today – and we should

Philip Lubin

Essay/Space Exploration

To save Earth, go to Mars

If head-on problem-solving can’t save the Earth, maybe lateral innovation can. Will low-cost space research pave the way?

Joe Mascaro

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Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Should we be afraid of AI?

Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?

Luciano Floridi

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Essay/Internet & Communication

In proof we trust

Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works

Dominic Frisby

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Essay/Future of Technology

Hail the maintainers

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel

Idea/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

Is the cold fusion egg about to hatch?

Huw Price

Video/Making

Why there’s more than just novelty to one young inventor’s air-powered Lego car

4 minutes

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Idea/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

If NASCAR embraced electric cars it could change the world

Bill Nye

Idea/Biotechnology

Biohackers should produce a microbial uberfood for the world

Dawn Field

Video/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

An immersive journey through Germany’s massive transition to renewable energy

3 minutes

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Essay/Internet & Communication

User behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?

Michael Schulson

Video/Neuroscience

How perception leaves the door open for augmented reality to transform our world

4 minutes

Video/Evolution

How chameleons change colours not to blend in, but for nearly opposite reasons

4 minutes

Essay/Digital Culture

Future reading

Digital books stagnate in closed, dull systems, while printed books are shareable, lovely and enduring. What comes next?

Craig Mod