Today, Elon Musk unveiled the first plans for his proposed Hyperloop transport system. It’s basically an above ground tube system, in which trains shoot through on a cushion of air. But there’s also an incredible amount of science behind it that allows it to go waaaay faster than any tube system previously conceived.
PayPal/SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been all excited lately about his newest project, but he’s not giving any exact details yet. Not until August 12, when he will publish his plans for a super duper high speed inter-city transportation system called Hyperloop. It’s not a plane, it’s not a train, it’s something entirely different that will take you from San Fran to LA in 30 minutes. The system will also be entirely open source, allowing people around the world to improve on the design.
Science fiction is full of head transplants and brain transplants, and while we can transplant damn near everything else, and even though there has been very limited success with experimental head transplants in animals, it’s an idea many scientists don’t even want to consider for a number of reasons. But one Italian neuroscientist not only thinks it’s possible, but likely sooner than you might think.
In the future, you’ll probably have contact lenses that provide you with an informative heads up display, but if you want to go further, you’ll want something like a contact lens with telescopic magnification. Oh yes.
Culture in the western world in 2000 is way different than it was in 1900, just like culture in 1900 was a far cry from 1800. So by the year 2100, what will be the cultural norms? When will it be okay to reboot your sinuses in public and what will it be like as the teenager-ization of adults continues well into old age? What kind of etiquette will be required between humans and sentient humanoid robots? What will be the pressing social issues of the time?
Typing in a password is so 20th century. In the future, you may be able to unlock your phone, check your email, access online accounts and unlock your car or house with your thoughts. Right now, the technology to do so is bulky, expensive and inconvenient, but so were computers themselves decades and decades ago.
Just because the US and Canada still has plenty of farm land available, not a lot of countries do. And even those that do currently have plenty of room for farms, an increasing population and urbanization will make it necessary for farms of the future to become vertical urban farm skyscrapers.
The one above is a concept of a vertical farm that might be in New York City one day.
Smart watches are coming and it won’t be long before they’re everywhere. The two big smartphone companies, Apple and Samsung are both working hard on smart watches and there will be imitators. If you think it’s silly, there are lots of good reasons to have the smart watch of the future, and you’ll probably wonder how you lived without one.
On a 500 day manned mission to Mars, there’s a lot of things that could go wrong, including high levels of radiation in outer space. But future Mars astronauts could be shielded from radiation on their trip with a shield of their own poop. Star Trek never did that.