Explore the Dark Future of Cities in These Intense, 5K Animated Shorts

Some of the best science fiction isn't set in space — it's set in an almost-recognizable future, but the near future—the liminal space between present day and a world we can barely imagine. That's the future we see in New City, a series of 5K animations and short stories by the writer and designer Liam Young. » 2/24/15 11:00am Tuesday 11:00am

The Medical Miracle Headlines of the Future (from 1951)

On January 2, 1951, the Rex Morgan, M.D. comic strip featured a New Year's greeting insisting to readers that time is measured by progress instead of simply by years. And it's not a bad thought! But looking at the "headlines of the future" from 1951, one can't help but be a little bummed out. » 2/19/15 4:41pm 2/19/15 4:41pm

Drone video shows how Shanghai looks like a city from the future

Out of all the cities in the world, Shanghai might look the most futuristic. The rapid transformation that took it from a vertically challenged, agrarian looking town into a bustling metropolis with an arms race for a skyline actually might have actually advanced it decades beyond the present. » 1/13/15 9:22pm 1/13/15 9:22pm

Bill Gates shows us the future drinking a glass of water made from poop

Bill Gates loves the Janicki Omniprocessor, an amazing machine that turns human waste into electricity and drinkable water. He saw it and he is extremely impressed. So impressed in fact that he drank from a glass of water that was human poop only five minutes earlier. "It's water," he said, obviously relieved. » 1/07/15 11:50am 1/07/15 11:50am

Follow me ghost car navigation is the definitive road guide

Jaguar Land Rover says they are developing a 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen that "will allow drivers to get a complete, unhindered view of the road." I can't wait for this to be real and standard in every car, although it's probably still a long time away. The best feature: Follow Me Ghost Car navigation. » 12/19/14 9:42pm 12/19/14 9:42pm

This is how sex robots would look inside one day (NSFW)

I initially thought this was a photo of a real art installation reflecting on the the objectification of women. It is not. It's a computer generated cutaway of a futuristic sex robot made by French 3D artist Cesar Vonc. After seeing this, I don't think I would be able to get aroused by a sex robot ever become available » 12/18/14 8:15pm 12/18/14 8:15pm

10 Holiday Travel Tips From A Man From The Future With A Teleporter

Holiday traveling couldn't be easier, thanks to the fact that I'm from the future and have access to insanely advanced matter-teleportation technology. And even though all of you reading this are disgusting, backwards simpletons, I'm delighted to give you my Top 10 Turkey-Day Teleporter Travel Tips! Hang on! » 11/27/14 4:29pm 11/27/14 4:29pm

Inside the lab that makes the instant blood stopping gel of the future

Something that seems ripped from the future is being developed right now inside a lab in Brooklyn. It's the VetiGel which is also known as the borderline magical band-aid of the future. It's a gel that when applied on a wound, almost immediately stops the bleeding. Here's the lab where they make the future. » 11/19/14 10:53pm 11/19/14 10:53pm

Designing a SkyMall Catalog for the Near Future

The future will be—get ready for it—normal. That's the striking and entirely non-boring vision presented in TBD Catalog, which you might describe as a fictional SkyMall catalog from 2024. There are no dramatic utopian or dystopian predictions in this slim, blue volume, but it does contain a bizarre and fascinating… » 10/21/14 2:30pm 10/21/14 2:30pm

This short film would be fun if it weren't so close to real life

The creators of this Shelved—director James Cunningham and eleven visual effects students at the Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand—say their short film a homage to movies like Clerks, Mallrats, Slacker, and Dazed and Confused. After watching these two robotic losers in action, I can see why. » 10/10/14 9:01pm 10/10/14 9:01pm

Questions for the 90s: Should Robots Pay Taxes? Can Africa Be Saved?

The March-April 1986 issue of The Futurist magazine looked at the far off, futuristic decade of the 1990s. In an article titled "Issues for the 1990s," Edith Weiner and Arnold Brown examined what they saw as the emerging concerns of the world. Well, the world as seen from 1980s America. » 10/10/14 4:53pm 10/10/14 4:53pm

A Brief History of Scientists Hunting for Time Travelers

Time travel is possible—or at least a lot of serious physicists say so. It's probably not possible to pull it off in a souped-up Delorean, but there are wormholes, Tipler cylinders, and other Einstein-inspired theories for how it could work. Which raises the question: Why haven't we met any visitors from another time? » 10/09/14 3:03pm 10/09/14 3:03pm

Short film: Machines keep on fighting a war even though everyone is dead

Here's an uncomfortable vision of the future that'll make your soul tremble a little bit: what if we built automated machines to fight our wars for us? What if those machines killed everyone on the planet? And what happens when the war is over and everyone is dead but those machines are still programmed to fight? » 10/06/14 9:01pm 10/06/14 9:01pm

How an alien race may transform barren worlds into living paradises

It starts ominously. A robot spacecraft flies into a planet's atmosphere and embeds itself into the ground. Scouts are sent off to test the planet's resources and presumably suck the planet dry. I've seen this movie about robot uprisings and the hijacking of Earth too many times. Luckily, this short isn't one of them. » 8/21/14 9:33pm 8/21/14 9:33pm

The futuristic jets, humans, and Star Wars designs of Stephen Chang

Stephen Chang tells me he loves to think about how the future will weave technology into humans. He has done a lot of cool art so far and I'm sure he'll get far. If he doesn't, that's fine: He got his design for the Rogue Shadow ship—from the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed—turned into an official Lego set. » 8/21/14 7:26am 8/21/14 7:26am