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Learn a language by…eating a pill?

Learn a language by…eating a pill?

The task of learning a language has never been simple, despite efforts to make it so. Hundreds of programs, methods, and pseudoscience applications have cropped up over the course of spoken existence aiming to simplify the acquisition of the skill, but few have succeeded. MIT Media Lab's founder Nicholas Negroponte is confident that will change in the future, however, and how he anticipates we'll acquire new languages is very unique.

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Smart cities: present tech efforts hint at our collective future

Smart cities: present tech efforts hint at our collective future

The tech industry is scrambling to make us all smarter. Electrode-laden headsets have been crafted promising boosts in brain power. Homes are being connected to the wireless hivemind one accessory at a time. Cars are being taught to drive themselves. And amongst it all is the bigger picture as a whole, one that has received comparably less attention but that will affect us all together, for better or worse.

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Waiters need not apply: New Zealand cafe uses pneumatic tubes for straight-to-table delivery

Waiters need not apply: New Zealand cafe uses pneumatic tubes for straight-to-table delivery

The C One Espresso (sometimes called the C1 Cafe) in New Zealand has brought a bit of The Jetsons' world to its customers, ushering in an altogether futuristic dining-out experience while giving those afraid of the future reason cower under the efficient foreshadowing of our eventual robotic overlords. How did the company do this? With a direct-to-the-table pneumatic food delivery system.

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What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

This past Monday, Apple released a commercial depicting what initially appears to be a disaffected teenager ignoring his whole family on a holiday get-together as he stares and thumb-pecks at his iPhone the whole time. In the end, it turned out he was actually shooting footage of his family as a Christmas gift. He edits the footage into a home movie, screencasts it to the living room TV via AirPlay, and the whole family has a Tiny Tim moment as they watch themselves interacting onscreen. Even Grandma is crying tears of joy.

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Ford talks integration and innovation with smart devices

Ford talks integration and innovation with smart devices

A lot of the discussion going on at during Ford's Trends conference today has been amount smart devices and how they can all integrate and communicate with one another. During a panel discussion, Ford's John Viera and Andrew Hoffman of the University of Michigan discussed what the future might bring as far as smart devices are concerned, as well as general innovations.

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