The Big Future

The Verge covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture.

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    Smartphones and tablets have left us tapping on glass – but what comes after the touchscreen?

     

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    This week’s Big Future takes a look at how the world will change as drone technology spreads, filling the world’s rooftops and skies.

     

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    Soon, we’ll have smarter, more effective vaccines. What does that mean for the future of disease?

     

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    AI is more than just a bad guy in sci-fi films. How close are we to creating computers that actually think on their own?

     

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    How do we want to communicate with each other? This week we look at chat tools, from WhatsApp to the Star Trek communicator.

     

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    In a wild and unpredictable future, sex might be the one thing that stays the same.

     

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    From the Batmobile to Knight Rider, self-driving cars have always felt like sci-fi. But really, they’re right around the corner.

     

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    Virtual reality is getting better, but will we ever live in a convincing virtual world like The Matrix?

     

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    What will we eat in the year 2100? In this week’s Big Future, Arielle Duhaime-Ross takes a look at what we might eat in the future, and how we’ll produce it. It’s a tricky question, as new techniques and a changing climate combine to radically transform conventional agriculture. The result might look less like Soylent and more like a cricket farm.

     

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    Neural implants are already common in medicine. But can they be used to make physical changes to the brain itself?