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Digital Connectivity and the Future of Communication

Tuesday 10.02.2012 , Posted by

In our technology obsessed world, people are becoming more and more connected than ever before. The world has seen an explosive growth in connectivity over the last five years, and the next five look to see an even further expansion of communication and digital oneness. History has shown that a new medium will take shape and become a standard every few decades, but since the mid-20th century, there has been a rapid-fire evolution of how communication technology advances and connects people around the world.  [Read more...]

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The Not-So Distant Future

Tuesday 07.31.2012 , Posted by

With Google’s Project Glass underway and expected to be released to the public as early as 2014, it’s fun to imagine where technology will take us. For their graduation project from Jerusalem’s Bezaleal Academy of Arts, Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo made a highly entertaining short film showcasing their predictions of what the future will hold. Once we can do everything that we do on our laptops on Google Glasses, the only logical next step would be to have them embedded into our eyes. The students highlight what augmented reality might look like, showing both the benefits and the potential vulnerabilities. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #223> The Future Is Near

Thursday 06.28.2012 , Posted by



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25 of the World’s Coolest Concept Cars

Monday 04.23.2012 , Posted by

They’re radical, exotic, and they come directly from the imaginations of the best engineers and designers in the world. Unfortunately though, most concept cars never see the production line. They are usually so groundbreaking or “futuristic” that mass production is either unfeasible or impossible. Nevertheless, car companies make good use of them in trying to gauge customer reactions, especially to new, radical designs. These are 25 of the world’s coolest concept cars.
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The Robot With a Human Structure

Thursday 04.05.2012 , Posted by

The field of robotics is exploding with new innovation, from the recent hydrogen powered jellyfish robot to a jumping sand flea, but what happened to the idea of creating humanoid robots that look, act, and move like us? Besides a few shining examples of good design, most humanoid robots have been decidedly lacking in realistic human-like movement, placing them a bit at odds with a world designed around humans and making them far less familiar for us to interact with. [Read more...]

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It Is So Not Cool To Be Cool: Future Hipster

Saturday 02.11.2012 , Posted by

Here at Visual News we love to keep up with the trends. Some may call it “Hipster”…but we’d rather not label ourselves. This YouTube video, “Future Hipsters,” has received over 300,000 views since it was posted on February 7th…so we decided to get in on the action. If you haven’t already seen the video, you need to. It is a hilarious prediction of what will come of the hipsters in the year 2062! If shockingly enough you are not familiar with the term, Urban Dictionary might help you understand: [Read more...]

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The Battle Between Your Present and Future Self

Wednesday 12.21.2011 , Posted by

Pictured above is an aged, and slightly freaky looking Mark Zuckerberg. Why? Because today we bring you a Ted Talk by Daniel Goldstein that explores the battle between your present and future self, looking at ways we look at the future and how those ways of thinking have power over our lives. We’ve also included a video from Goldstein’s co-author Hal Hershfield talking about wrinkles and your wallet. [Read more...]

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Hey Robot, Make Me A Sandwich!

Wednesday 12.14.2011 , Posted by

Robots have come such a long way in recent years, it seems like it won’t be long before they’re helping out in every household. The idea of having a helper around is pretty intriguing, but we don’t want then to always do the same thing, like a dishwasher or a toaster; we want something smarter, far more helpful and talented. While robots have long been doing things that humans can do by following a set of strictly defined programs, it hasn’t been until recently that they began doing tasks using their own senses and choices. [Read more...]

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Japanese Retro-Futures: From Utopia to Battlefield

Friday 10.14.2011 , Posted by

Whether the world was predicted to be peaceful or full of war, this roundup of illustrations from yesterdays Japan sees people streaking through the future in fantastically styled machines. It makes you wonder how closely the futuristic drawings of today will compare to the world of tomorrow?

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How Language Transformed Humanity

Thursday 08.04.2011 , Posted by

In this captivating TED talk, biologist Mark Pagel expounds on his very intriguing theory of how and why the human species developed such a complex system of language, furthering and setting us apart from the other inhabitants of the planet. He then looks at the future of communication, asking why the worlds 7000-8000 languages came into existence and wonders at what will become of them in our ever more communicative and global world. [Read more...]

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