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10th December 2017

Disruptive technologies and dangerous ideas

In this recent interview, Peter Diamandis talks to renowned futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil.

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7th December 2017

Industrial robot population, 1990-2040

Past, present and estimated future numbers of industrial robots installed globally.

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20th November 2017

Slaughterbots

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has released a fictional video that depicts a disturbing near-future, in which lethal autonomous weapons have become cheap and ubiquitous.

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29th September 2017

SpaceX reveals Big F***ing Rocket

SpaceX has revealed a promotional video for the BFR (Big F***ing Rocket), a future transport system that will enable passengers to reach any destination on Earth in less than one hour. Longer term, it could be used for trips to the Moon and Mars.

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23rd July 2017

Star Trek: Discovery – official trailer

Netflix has released a trailer of the new Star Trek series, Discovery, which is set to debut on 25th September.

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1st July 2017

Polls archive 2011-2013

An archive of previous polls we ran during the early years of this site.

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26th June 2017

Global population

Future predictions of global population from the United Nations.

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5th June 2017

Exponential wisdom – longevity escape velocity

Peter Diamandis talks about his belief that if we can stay alive for the next 50 years, we will have access to converging technologies that keep us alive indefinitely – a point known as "longevity escape velocity".

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2nd May 2017

Elon Musk's TED 2017 interview

On Friday 28th April, Elon Musk appeared at the TED 2017 conference. In this 40-minute talk, Musk reveals his plans for "the Boring Company", which aims to build high-speed tunnel networks beneath major cities. He also reveals a first teaser image of the Tesla semi electric truck and discusses further developments for SpaceX, Tesla, Hyperloop and Gigafactories.

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9th April 2017

NASA at Saturn: Cassini's Grand Finale

This video tells the story of Cassini's final, daring assignment and looks back at what the mission has accomplished over the last 20 years.

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5th March 2017

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

A tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti.

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30th January 2017

InterReflections – by Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph – creator of the world-renowned "Zeitgeist" film series – has announced he is closing his prior socially conscious film series as a trilogy, only to launch a brand new film set titled: "InterReflections."

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19th December 2016

Blade Runner 2049

A teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.

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16th December 2016

What will humans look like in 100 years?

We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals, but futurist Juan Enriquez asks: is it ethical to evolve the human body?

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30th October 2016

Before the Flood

Released today on National Geographic, Before the Flood is a new documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio who travels across five continents and the Arctic, speaking to scientists and world leaders about the dramatic effects of climate change.

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24th October 2016

"ANA" – sci-fi short film

ANA is a film based in a world where the singularity is near through the development of ANA – a management software used to increase productivity. ANA follows the sole worker in a futuristic car manufacturing plant.

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15th October 2016

"Never Happened" – sci-fi short film

When colleagues Laura and Grady have an impulsive fling on a business trip, they decide it might be for the best if it all just never happened.

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15th October 2016

The next 5,000 years

We talked to science fiction author Drew Wagar about his predictions for the next five, 50, 500 and 5,000 years.

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4th October 2016

Universal Basic Income

What should we do when robots take most jobs? (It will happen sooner than you think.) Political commentator and author Robert Reich explains why a Universal Basic Income may be the answer.

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20th August 2016

The iMom

"The iMom" is a sci-fi short that explores the consequences of parents shirking their responsibilities and leaving their children in the care of an artificially intelligent nanny.

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15th July 2016

Hyper-Reality

Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.

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27th June 2016

Boston Dynamics introduces 'SpotMini' robot

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot

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5th June 2016

Elon Musk interview at the Code Conference 2016

At this week's Code Conference, SpaceX and Tesla boss Elon Musk talked about the next generation of rockets and his plans for sending humans to Mars. He also discussed electric and self-driving cars and the power of AI.

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13th May 2016

How far can we go? Limits of humanity.

This video, produced by the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt, explores a problem that our descendants could face in the distant future, limiting their expansion into the universe.

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20th March 2016

An interview with climate scientist Paul Beckwith

Following news that Arctic sea ice reached its lowest extent on record, we interviewed climate scientist Paul Beckwith, an expert on this subject and a member of the Arctic Methane Emergency Group (AMEG).

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20th February 2016

The last job on Earth: imagining a fully automated world

Imagine a world without work – one where those who own the technology get rich from it, while everyone else ekes out a living, propped up by an increasingly fragile state. In this short film, we meet Alice – holder of the last recognisable job on Earth, as she tries to make sense of her role in a fully automated world.

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27th January 2016

The Choice is Ours

The Choice is Ours is a new documentary released by the team at the Venus Project, founded by industrial designer and futurist Jacque Fresco. Similar in style to Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, it is split into four parts, each exploring a different aspect of the world we live in and how this relates to our potential future.

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25th December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays from Boston Dynamics (and from us here at FutureTimeline)!

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9th December 2015

Why we should go to Mars

In this recent video, aerospace engineer Dr Robert Zubrin explains the three main reasons for going to Mars.

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1st December 2015

Amazon reveals new Prime Air drone prototypes

Amazon has revealed its new drone prototype, which aims to deliver packages in under 30 minutes.

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2nd October 2015

Ray Kurzweil: We'll become Godlike when we connect our brains to the cloud

If the futurist Ray Kurzweil is to be believed (speaking here at Singularity University), humans will someday integrate nanobots into their brains and nervous systems.

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5th August 2015

An interview with aging and longevity expert Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey is Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation, which is working to find a cure for aging. He appeared on a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session to answer questions posed by futurology enthusiasts. Some of the responses are reproduced here.

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29th July 2015

From the Sun to Jupiter at the speed of light

What would it be like to travel at the speed of light?

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23rd June 2015

New Horizons teaser video

With only three weeks to go until the New Horizons probe arrives at Pluto, the National Space Society has released this teaser video.

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28th April 2015

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

A recent talk by Professor Nick Bostrom – known for his work on superintelligence risks.

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29th March 2015

Aubrey de Grey – How To Live Forever

Professor Aubrey de Grey talks about the roadmap for developing age reversal treatments. He also discusses the various cultural and ethical issues surrounding the topic.

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13th March 2015

Dubai to open "Museum of the Future" in 2017

Dubai is planning a major new attraction devoted to showcasing the latest technological breakthroughs.

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5th March 2015

Should we colonise Venus instead of Mars?

When it comes to humanity's future colonisation efforts, the space community is focussed intently on Mars. But is that really the best option? Venus may offer a number of advantages, as shown in this video.

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10th February 2015

New robot from Boston Dynamics

Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.

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7th February 2015

What if you could live for 10,000 years?

Q&A with Zoltan Istvan – American futurist, philosopher, and transhumanist – founder of the Transhumanist Party and its 2016 US Presidential candidate.

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1st February 2015

EX_MACHINA

EX_MACHINA is a sci-fi thriller that presents a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence.

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31st January 2015

Bill Gates is worried about the rise of AI

In a Reddit AMA this week, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates expressed his concerns over the rise of superintelligent machines.

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12th January 2015

"When we reject science, we become the laughing stocks of the world"

If global warming is to be kept below 2°C this century, then over 80% of coal, 50% of gas and 30% of oil reserves are "unburnable", according to a recent study. In this video, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders makes an impassioned speech about the Keystone Pipeline and the impacts of climate change in future decades.

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1st January 2015

Welcome to 2015

Welcome to the future ;-)

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29th December 2014

The Last Days of Ivory

Released this month, The Last Days of Ivory is a short but powerful film about the ivory trade and its connections to funding terrorism. On current trends, African elephants will go extinct in the wild by the middle of the next decade.

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13th December 2014

Fracking wells to increase eightfold by 2040

The U.S. government predicts an eightfold increase in the number of fracking wells around the country by 2040.

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30th November 2014

Wanderers – a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System

Featuring the voice of Carl Sagan, these amazing visuals offer a glimpse of humanity's potential future in space.

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16th November 2014

Net neutrality explained in simple terms

Net neutrality is hugely important to the future of the Internet, as explained by Senator Al Franken.

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31st October 2014

Cosmic Journeys – Interstellar Flight

The first interstellar voyage will be a quantum leap for humanity.

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25th October 2014

Three Questions: What do you propose? by Peter Joseph

In this video, Peter Joseph asks: can you resolve all three questions/problems logically without realising the need to remove the market economy?

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21st October 2014

Hoverboards coming in 2015

A startup company is aiming to develop a real-life hoverboard, one of the iconic props seen in Back to the Future II.

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19th October 2014

Is war over? — a paradox explained

Believe it or not, we live during the most peaceful time in human history. The historical average is about one or two big wars per century. If we don't have one major war in the next 75 years, we can be really confident that humanity is changing.

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10th October 2014

Solarbox London

Solarbox is a new concept that takes disused telephone boxes and transforms them into free, solar-powered charging points for mobile phones.

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4th October 2014

Ed

Video by Chris Jones.

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15th September 2014

Medicine 2064

Visionary medical expert Dr. Daniel Kraft takes a glimpse at the next 50 years of medicine.

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11th September 2014

Earth in 200 million years

A new supercontinent – Pangaea Ultima – is predicted to form around 200 million years from now.

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26th August 2014

Can we prevent the end of the world?

We will face a bumpy ride through the 21st century, as Lord Martin Rees explains in this recent TED Talk.

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23rd August 2014

Autómata

Autómata is an upcoming sci-fi movie set in the year 2044. It stars Antonio Banderas as Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, who investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

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15th August 2014

Humans Need Not Apply

A look at how automation and robots will disrupt employment and society in the decades ahead.

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2nd August 2014

Biology and Self Organisation

Futurist and filmmaker Jason Silva presents the latest in his Shots of Awe series. During this video, he philosophises on the "agency" and "directionality" of biological matter, which gives rise to self-awareness and self-organisation.

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23rd July 2014

Urban rooftop farms can yield 20 times more produce than traditional farms

Hi-tech greenhouses utilising urban rooftops can eliminate the long journeys food travels from rural to city areas.

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20th July 2014

Let's make space personal

Fatima Dyczynski, 25-year-old aerospace engineer and founder of Xoterra Space, talks about a new generation of tiny "nanosatellites" and how they could personalise space.

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12th July 2014

Reddit AMA with Peter Diamandis

Technology entrepreneur Peter Diamandis appeared on Reddit to answer questions posed by futurology enthusiasts. Some of the top responses from this "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) are reproduced here.

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6th July 2014

Trillion dollar market: fuel in space from asteroids

Within a few decades, asteroid mining could transform how companies operate in space – providing a cheap and abundant source of metals, minerals and liquids.

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2nd July 2014

Technological unemployment

Peter Diamandis asks, what's going to happen when robots replace our jobs?

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29th June 2014

Elon Musk interviewed on CNBC

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk talks about SpaceX, SolarCity, Tesla and the future – including a plan to send humans to Mars.

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22nd June 2014

NASA starship concept

The IXS Enterprise is a NASA concept for a starship capable of faster-than-light travel.

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21st June 2014

Michio Kaku: "Science is the engine of prosperity"

In this recent interview, world-renowned physicist and best-selling author Dr. Michio Kaku talks to Nikola Danaylov – creator of Singularity Weblog. They discuss a wide range of subject areas including the nature of consciousness, artificial intelligence, mind uploading, human cryopreservation, space travel, the technological singularity and the grand unified theory of everything.

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22nd May 2014

Earthscrapers

The first piece of artwork to be featured in our gallery is Earthscrapers, by Izaak Moody.

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