Future Technology of Transportation / China Straddling Bus

China will build some huge buses that will allow smaller cars to pass by under them in order to relief urban traffic. The design of electric “straddling buses” lets cars drive underneath them, and can help reduce air pollution. Also known as a land airbus, the new invention is less costly than subway systems.

The electrolyte has been the trouble spot for magnesium-based batteries, but Toyota's researchers may have cracked that, paving the way towards their production (Credit: Toyota).

Toyota battery breakthrough means magnesium could eventually replace lithium

For anyone (i.e. everyone) who’s ever panicked when their mobile device chirped, “low battery,” the future could be far less stressful, thanks to the advanced battery research of scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA).

Alex Kipman: The dawn of the age of holograms

Alex Kipman wants to create a new reality — one that puts people, not devices, at the center of everything. With HoloLens, the first fully untethered holographic computer, Kipman brings 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content.

Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: “Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.” Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?