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Life in the Future

Life in the Future

This bit of archival footage that dates back to 1967 envisions a future much like the one we’re living in today. Its ideas of what shopping from a computer and work-from-home video calls might look like are impressively accurate. We also love the retrofuturist aesthetic.

The AI That Can Cry

The AI That Can Cry

UK tech company Sonantic has developed an AI-driven text-to-speech system that can generate digital voices with much greater expression than others. In this clip, you’ll hear “Faith” a completely artificial voice character act out a story with tremendous emotion. Look out voice actors, the robots are coming for you!

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CityHawk Flying Taxi

CityHawk Flying Taxi

Israel-based Metro Skyways is showing off the design for a flying urban vehicle. The CityHawk would take off and land vertically like a helicopter, but uses drone-like fan blades, specially engineered to limit noise. It’s designed to hold up to six occupants, and could be used as a taxi, emergency medical transport, or a flying limo.

Neo Life

Neo Life

Created by Wired co-founder Jane Metcalfe, Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species is an upcoming book that imagines how technology and biology might work together to change the future of humankind, featuring insights from scientists, writers, and artists as they dream of what might lie ahead for us.

Syd Mead: A Visual Retrospective

Syd Mead: A Visual Retrospective

Best known for his work on movies like Blade Runner and TRON, industrial designer and “visual futurist” Syd Mead was renowned for his ability to extrapolate what might lie ahead for society. This silent clip from DistantMirrors looks back on some of the late artist’s many illustrative works.

Audi AI:ME Concept

Audi AI:ME Concept

Automaker Audi’s battery electric hatchback envisions a day when drivers spend less time driving, and the car does more of the work. Thanks to its Level-4 autonomy features, its steering wheel and pedals can retract when not needed, providing space to relax or work despite its compact size.

Toyota Woven City

Toyota Woven City

Automotive and mobility company Toyota plans on establishing a 175-acre site at the foot of Japan’s Mt. Fuji to build a prototype city of the future. The location, known as “Woven City” will serve as a real world testbed for tech including autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes, alternative energy, and AI, among others.

Smart Home, c. 1950

Smart Home, c. 1950

Take a trip back to the 1950s, when appliance company Westinghouse shared their vision for the “all electric” house of the future. While some of the user interfaces are incredibly dated, there are some ideas here that would find their way to homes in the 21st century – and yet others we’d still love to see.

Volumetric Sound Display

Volumetric Sound Display

Scientists from the University of Sussex are developing a method of displaying 3D tactile images using ultrasonic waves. The system works by levitating a small plastic bead and rapidly maneuvering it to create a persistence of vision effect. If they can move more dots or move them faster, they could create more complex images.

Toyota’s Future of Mobility

Toyota’s Future of Mobility

We spent a week in Tokyo, Japan learning all about Toyota’s plans for the future, as it expands its horizons from conventional cars, to providing mobility solutions for all. The future includes ultra-compact battery-electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and even cars that can adapt to your mood.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus looks ahead to 2030. This luxury electric coupe concept is powered by four in-wheel motors, and packs autonomous and driver-assistance technologies. Its windows are dimmable, and it has an interactive ceiling display that floats above rear seat passengers. With an estimated 536 hp, it can zoom to 62 mph in 3.8 sec.

Nvidia GauGAN

Nvidia GauGAN

This amazing software uses deep learning tech to create photorealistic nature scenes by sketching fields of color which represent objects and materials. The results are impressively convincing, complete with reflections. Learn more on Nvidia’s blog.

Peugeot e-Legend Concept

Peugeot e-Legend Concept

French automaker Peugeot dusts off the styling of their iconic 504 coupe and updates it with this pure electric concept car. The e-Legend has a 100kWh battery and dual motors to make more than 450 hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and is packed with tech like full autonomy.

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The Home of the Future

The Home of the Future

With tech like Alexa, Nest, and Hue already in our homes, it’s already feeling pretty futuristic around here, but Grant Imahara and The Verge take a look at some of the other things we might look forward if we rethink the way we design and build homes.

Screens of the Future

Screens of the Future

There are video screens everywhere, from our phones to our watches to our thermostats. Universal Everything and Kouhei Nakama envision some of the form factors that screens might take in the future. Can you imagine an aquarium filled with OLED illuminated fish?

Disney’s Magic Highway U.S.A.

Disney’s Magic Highway U.S.A.

Back in 1958, Disney envisioned the future of America’s highways and automotive tech. While we still don’t have flying ambulances or self-building roads, backup cameras and traffic apps are everyday items, and autonomy is closer than ever. Watch the full movie here.

FlexSys Morphing Airplane Wing

FlexSys Morphing Airplane Wing

Aviation International News shares an informative look at FlexSys‘ morphing wing flap technology, which improves the aerodynamics of airplanes by eliminating exposed hinges and rivets. Apparently it’s made using a carbon fiber honeycomb core and a flexible composite skin.

The Next Billion Years

The Next Billion Years

We recently learned about the entire history of our world in about 20 minutes. While it’s far more serious than Bill Wurtz’s video, RealLifeLore’s look at the shape of things to come does pose some interesting predictions about the future of civilization.

The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy

The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy

Mice, keyboards, touchscreens. Siri, Alexa, Google. All these input methods could be replaced by simply thinking, if the tech exurb1a describes ever becomes mainstream. But the stuff that really gets us thinking is the idea of the real world Borg collective.

The Boring Company

The Boring Company

While sitting in traffic one day, Elon Musk had a crazy/brilliant idea – to build a network of underground tunnels which would rocket cars between destinations. A recent concept video envisions cars descending via street elevators, and zooming around on autonomous sleds.

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The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

Real Engineering presents the first in a series of videos which look at future airplanes which could disrupt the commercial airline industry which has been locked up tight by Boeing and Airbus for years. First up, the Aurora D8, an unusual jet with a “double-bubble” fuselage.

Honda: Great Journey

Honda: Great Journey

Honda commissioned designers and big thinkers from Map Project Office and Mori Inc. to conceptualize how autonomous vehicles could improve lives around the globe, and built small prototype models of their seven concept vehicles to help demonstrate. More here.

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft wants to take augmented reality to a whole new level, with see-through goggles which can project full color interactive 3D objects into your field of vision. It’s still a prototype, but early hands-on users are impressed.

Samsung Youm Flexible Display

Samsung Youm Flexible Display

A 0.3mm thick flexible OLED display which can be bent or shaped to create cool new gadgets. Here, Samsung exec Brian Berkeley demos the tech on a curved smartphone to increase screen real estate.

HyTAQ Robot

HyTAQ Robot

This ingenious, yet elegantly-simple robot design from IIT engineers allows a quadrotor UAV to go from air to ground and back again by using a rolling cage which rotates around its mid-section.

Seventies Space Colony Art

Seventies Space Colony Art

Back when the Apollo Missions were still fresh in the mind, NASA’s Ames Research Center was hard at work conceptualizing what the future of space exploration might be. Where’d our imagination go?

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