The Elon Musk Effect
While we were all concentrating on how awesome and similar to Iron Man Elon Musk is, some other nations and their leaders were also throwing admiring glances his way...
Print in technicolor
3D printing opens up a world of possibilities, as long as those possibilities are fairly monochromatic. Not anymore, however, with the world’s first full colour FFF 3D printer
Meet your next co-worker: a Humanoid robot
The next employee your company hires might not be human. Humanoid robotic workers are now a reality, and they’re already finding their way into workplaces.
We hear from Germany’s pi4_robotics, a company hiring out humanoid robots through its sister company Robozän for just €16 an hour, about the promise and possibilities.
AI: already taking jobs
Worried about your job being taking over by a robot? You probably should be. Businesses are investing in AI like never before, and jobs are already vanishing
Streetview Vs Dementia
Dementia is nothing short of an epidemic, and right now, there is little in the way of treatments. But technology is helping sufferers to recall and recapture the past
Richard stallman on the vanishing state of privacy
We are now subject to a greater level of surveillance than any point in history, and most of it is thanks to the digital revolution of the last few decades.
We hear from the legend Richard Stallman about how the digital transformation has dramatically eroded our privacy, and what it means for our lives.
In Pictures: Cinema's Changing Visions of the Future
Over the years, the vision of what the future may be like has radically changed, particularly regarding expected timelines of some of the predicted innovations.
As perhaps the foremost visual medium for these visions, cinema has remained one of the forerunners for telling us just what we should expect
A Great VPN Shutdown
China and Russia have banned VPNS, but it would never happen in the West, right? We ask if the UK's currently approach to online privacy is leading to a ban
the futuristic gift guide
Stuck for gifts to buy for the future fans in your life? Here’s Factor’s guide to the best futuristic presents on the market, with something to suit every budget
Autonomous deliveries: The first step in the driverless revolution
Self-driving cars are one of the near-certainties of the future, with everyone from Tesla to Google getting in on the act. But one of the first driverless entries into our lives may not be taxis, but deliveries.
We hear from Academy of Robotics founder and CEO William Sachiti about his plans to set the autonomous future in motion
Uber takes to the skies
Uber has announced its electrical vertical take-off and landing vehicles are to be let loose on the city of LA in 2020. We take a look at Uber’s Blade Runner inspired vision
floating Sea cities
Some are under the illusion that we’ve colonised every corner of Earth, but they’re ignoring the fact that more than 70% of our planet remains untapped
The Fight for the Future of Flying Cars
A number of companies are investigating whether flying cars are a way of reducing congestion in our cities, and the tech already has as many foes as it does friends.
We look at the electric flying car company Lilium to find out if its ambition to have flying taxis in the skies by 2025 is realistic
Tomorrow's Christmas eats
Food has changed drastically over the years and it seems almost inevitable that it will continue to do so. But what of that steadfast holiday staple, the Christmas dinner?
The habitable zone exoplanets could become future colonies. We look at some of the planets that could host the human race’s future homes
Choose Your Future
What kind of future do you want to live in? Here we present some of the most prevalent future visions; pick your favourite to see what's in store
Utopia or dystopia? Life in the 22nd century
Things have changed radically even in the last couple of decades, but what will the world look like in 100, 150 years? What is in store for our grandchildren and great grandchildren, or the residents of the 22nd century?
We speak to some of the world's leading futurists to gauge what's in store for our progeny
Asteroid mining: making an Idea Reality
Asteroid mining could both propel us to the deep reaches of space and improve our lives on Earth, but there are some pretty big challenges to overcome before either of those things happens.
We take a look at the prospects of space prospecting
The Jobs of the future: work post-automation
Automation is bringing immense disruption to the job market, and for many of us that will mean the notion of a career will cease to exist. But that doesn’t mean occupations will vanish completely.
Here we present some of the positions that might exist a century from now