from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Technology has made some impressive advances over the last few decades. We don’t have strong AI just yet — nor flying cars — but there are some pretty cool gadgets all around us. Kids are walking around with supercomputers (by 1960s standards). Some forms of cancer actually have reliable treatments. (Unfortunately, there are over 100 types of cancer, and many of them are still incurable.) Let’s appreciate some of the awesome stuff that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Here are a few more nifty things that kids will take for granted soon.
- Flying cars might not be driving around anywhere anytime soon, but a hoverbike could be zooming around remote locations (if you’re brave enough to try to pilot it). A rider sits on this hoverbike as a passenger on this quadcopter-like mode of transportation… and it looks like a very noisy way to get from point A to B. [url]
- A superconducting power cable is going to be laid underground in Chicago, and it will be able to carry an order of magnitude more power than conventional copper cables. This new cable is designed to prevent power outages by re-routing electricity in the event a power substation fails, reducing the likelihood of a cascade failure of substations that could knock out power to a significant portion of the city. [url]
- Forget smartwatches. Don’t you want to wear an atomic clock on your wrist? A wristwatch using cesium-133 is accurate on the order of one second in a thousand years, and each watch will cost about $12,000 in a limited edition run. [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.