Future Thinking

Future Thinking

Renowned inventors, scientists and futurologists describe the big idea that they want to solve and how it can transform the world.
Future Thinking - The Buildings With A Mind Of Their Own

The Buildings With A Mind Of Their Own

The buildings that we live and work in can waste vast amount of energy on heating and cooling. Could they control their temperature themselves with a “skin” modeled on nature?
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Will the Internet Become Conscious?

Will the Internet Become Conscious?

The internet is a new lifeform that shows the first signs of intelligence. So says brain scientist and serial entrepreneur Jeff Stibel.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - How to Survive the Future

How to Survive the Future

If any of our visions of technological revolution come true, then how will humans cope? Economist and futurist Robin Hanson presents his guide.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Does the Internet Need A Backup System?

Does the Internet Need A Backup System?

The internet connects billions of people and keeps our societies together – a job it wasn’t designed for. Technologist Danny Hillis says we must know what to do if the worst happens and it breaks.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - How Google Glass Could Transform Doctor's Visits

How Google Glass Could Transform Doctor's Visits

Google Glass may be coming to your surgery soon. Could wearable tech help medical professionals give patients more attention and ultimately better medical care?
BBC Future
Future Thinking - X Prize - Competition for Radical Change

X Prize - Competition for Radical Change

How do you bring about radical breakthroughs in science and technology that will benefit humanity?
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Reach Inside Your Computer

Reach Inside Your Computer

See-through screens that allow us to reach in, touch and interact with objects? Jinha Lee believes his 3D devices will break down boundaries and make our digital experiences feel more real.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Robots - The Droids We Are Looking For

Robots - The Droids We Are Looking For

The robot revolution has yet to take off. Why? Roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks this is because we have to feel we need them in our lives.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - The Teenage Scientist Revolutionising Cancer Detection

The Teenage Scientist Revolutionising Cancer Detection

Pancreatic cancer's high death rate is partly blamed on the difficulty of early detection. Teenage scientist Jack Andraka has come up with a cheap and simple way to test for it.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Jill Tarter - In Search of Aliens

Jill Tarter - In Search of Aliens

Are we all alone? That is the question that astronomer Jill Tarter has pondered throughout her lifelong search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Silicon Valley - Google's Balloons That Could Bring the Internet to All

Silicon Valley - Google's Balloons That Could Bring the Internet to All

Many parts of the world are without internet coverage. Now search giant Google plans to bring web connections via a fleet of high-flying balloons.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Is World Peace Possible?

Is World Peace Possible?

We have witnessed fewer and fewer wars between countries since 1945, and so there is no reason to doubt that they could disappear like other horrifying acts.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Understanding the Animal Mind - Through Music

Understanding the Animal Mind - Through Music

Do animals respond to music? And, if so, what could it tell us about their personalities?
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Understanding the Universe's Invisible Elements

Understanding the Universe's Invisible Elements

Our solar system extends a lot further than we first thought. Astrophysicist Charles Alcock says exploring its outer reaches may shed light on the Earth's beginnings.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Why Maker Tech Will Make every Home a Factory

Why Maker Tech Will Make every Home a Factory

Will we one day plug together our gadgets like Lego? It's one way 'maker' culture today could transform our lives tomorrow, says MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Will We Cure All Ills?

Will We Cure All Ills?

Viruses come in an enormous number of shapes and forms. As we begin to understand them more, the hope is we might be able to control them better, says Carl Zimmer. And who knows, the day might come where we can treat them as friends not enemies.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Will Big Data Prevent Disease?

Will Big Data Prevent Disease?

Think of ways to improve global health and you might suggest increasing the number of vaccinations, finding new drugs or employing more doctors.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Sherry Turkle - Tackling Technology Overload

Sherry Turkle - Tackling Technology Overload

Are social media and electronic devices taking over our lives?
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Silicon Valley - Can Games Create an Education Fit for the Future?

Silicon Valley - Can Games Create an Education Fit for the Future?

Imagine a school where playing video games is encouraged during classes and may even replace exams. A new educational programme uses SimCity to test children on vital problem-solving skills.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Touch Screen Tech to Reboot A Space Station

Touch Screen Tech to Reboot A Space Station

Astronauts on the International Space Station have to use a computer system far more cumbersome and far less flexible than our everyday gadgets. Can we bring the ISS into the iPad age?
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Temple Grandin - Rethinking the Way We Think

Temple Grandin - Rethinking the Way We Think

Society must recognise that different people think in different ways.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Why We Need to Make Good Processed Food

Why We Need to Make Good Processed Food

Can we create meals that are both satisfying and enjoyable, but more convenient and better tailored to our physical needs? Glenn Zorpette thinks so.
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Will Men and Machines Merge?

Will Men and Machines Merge?

Will we one day be able to access all of human knowledge directly from a chip implanted into our brains?
BBC Future
Future Thinking - Robot Subs Beam the Oceans to Your Homes

Robot Subs Beam the Oceans to Your Homes

OpenROV is a simple submarine designed to explore the deep for little cost. In the first in our Future Thinking: Next Generation series, OpenROV founder David Lang explains how his creation may help a new generation get excited about our oceans.
BBC Future