Stuff from the Future

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From religion in space to digital immortality, the future is full of profound challenges and astonishing opportunities. Join the staff of as we explore some of the most promising -- and perplexing -- global issues of the future.

Will overpopulation alter the commonly-accepted family structure? Tune in as General Manager and Editor-in-Chief Conal Byrne discusses how current global trends may alter future societies, and possibly change the concept of 'family' altogether.


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Currently, there's no perfect cure for cancer, and any treatments have serious side effects. Could nanotechnology lead to a cancer cure without the side effects of current treatments? Watch as TechStuff's Jonathan Strickland explains how this could work.
Condoms are by no means a recent invention, and for most of its history the basic design has remained the same. So how will condoms of the future be different? Listen in as Tracy breaks down the future of condoms.
Whether we're talking about automatons like the Borg or heroes like the Bionic Man, we're all familiar with the cyborgs of science fiction. But how close are we to a cybernetic future? Listen in as Robert Lamb explains the role of cyborgs in the future.
Will tomorrow's technology render human employees obsolete? Will globalization doom traditional businesses? Join TechStuff's Jonathan Strickland as he explores the future of employment.
It seems that the price of airline tickets keeps increasing, and numerous analysts have made gloomy predictions about the future of air travel. But why? Tune in as Ben explores the obstacles facing aircraft of the future.
The movies of the future may have more in common with online games than with the blockbusters at your local cinema. But how would this work, and what could it mean for future moviegoers? Tune in as Conal Byrne examines the future of entertainment.
With experts predicting the collapse of ocean ecosystems within as little as 50 years, the future of commercial fishing -- and ocean wildlife -- seems increasingly dire. Tune in as Ben takes a look at the possible future of seafood.
What if you could power your cell phone just by carrying it around in your pocket? What if pedestrians strolling down the sidewalk could power streetlights with their footsteps? Join's Ben Bowlin as he explores one possible future of energy.
During the 1960s, Hollywood added odors to movies by pumping smells through theaters. The original Smell-O-Vision was a flawed novelty, but new technology may change everything. In this episode, Robert explores the future of Smell-O- Vision.
U.S. pennies have been around for centuries, but their days may be numbered. In this episode, Ben looks at the arguments for and against the penny. Tune in to learn more about the future of currency.
It seems that people are increasingly concerned with income inequality in the United States. But what's the future of income inequality? Tune in to learn more about the controversial past, present and possible future of income in the United States.
With the advancement of technology, is mind control a possibility of the future? Join TechStuff's Jonathan Strickland as he traces the evolution of the user interface and postulates what the future might hold.
What is an augmented reality? Are we already living in one? Join Jonathan Strickland as he examines the technology used to digitally augment our world and discusses where that technology might be heading.
Gamification - the practice of turning real-world situations into games -- can inspire innovative problem-solving. But how will this trend evolve in the future? Join TechStuff's Jonathan Strickland as he looks at the future of gamification.
It might sound weird to talk about the future of an extinct animal. However, the woolly mammoth may not be extinct for much longer. Join editor Chris Obenschain as he explains how mammoths will be resurrected -- and what this could mean for the future.
It's no secret that technology has changed the way people communicate -- but where is this trend leading? Will coming generations communicate differently? Join Chuck Bryant as he explores the implications of technology and communication.
Most humans already live in urban areas, and this trend seems set to continue. So what will cities look like 100 years from now? Will these areas be urban paradises or overcrowded dystopias? Join Ben Bowlin as he explores the future of human living space.
From the HowStuffWorks archives: A collision with antimatter could destroy life on planet earth. Learn more about antimatter in this HowStuffWorks video.
It's no secret that advances in technology are having an enormous impact on our expectations of privacy -- but how, exactly? Join TechStuff's Jonathan Strickland as he delves into the future of privacy.