Welcome to Mcity: The Fake Town Built for Testing Driverless Cars

It’s been a tough road for driverless cars: We recently learned, for example, that all of the crashes involving Google’s test-phase autonomous vehicles have been caused by humans. Which is one of the reasons experts have just opened up a testing center in Michigan that’s trying to recreate the chaos of the human-built… » 7/21/15 7:30am 7/21/15 7:30am

Morgan Stanley Thinks Self-Driving Cars Will Bring Utopia by 2026

The term "techno-utopian" is helpful for referring to people who believe technology alone can solve the world's problems. The term is rarely used literally. But if the financial services company Morgan Stanley is to be believed, driverless cars will literally bring about a utopian society in just over a decade. » 2/25/14 4:40pm 2/25/14 4:40pm

Asimov's 2014 Predictions Were Shockingly Conservative For 1964

In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,… » 8/29/13 1:32pm 8/29/13 1:32pm

If You Can Read This, Then Robot Cars May Be Close?

With the election less than three weeks away, the liberal blogosphere is debating furiously... about driverless cars. Picking up on an article » 10/15/08 1:00pm 10/15/08 1:00pm by Tim Lee over at Ars Technica, Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress by the idea that self-driving cars could eliminate the need for much parking space. After all, cars could…

Driverless Cars Conquer The Ice Caps And A Volcanic Landscape

Click to view » 8/06/08 10:30am 8/06/08 10:30amRobot cars are making huge leaps forward, judging from the fact that driverless vehicles are conquering two very different types of terrain. A driverless car will ferry visitors through the volcanic wasteland of Vulcania, and a robot snowmobile will race around the Antarctic, surveying regions humans…

Consumer Scandals Of The Future: A Chronology

The next few decades will see miraculous improvements in consumer technology — and new and better rip-offs to go with them. No matter how advanced our science, corporations will still find ways to spam, scam and invade your privacy. Those shiny new toys will break down... or break your neck. Here's our future history… » 3/20/08 4:02pm 3/20/08 4:02pm