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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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Futuristic Antarctic research station can walk on ice

Futuristic Antarctic research station can walk on ice

The Antarctic is a crazy place. The ice on the cold continent slowly moves toward the ocean at a rate of a quarter-mile every year, so establishing fixed structures isn't necessarily feasible. However, a new kind of research station that's set to open on February 5 has legs, and it can walk over the ice to avoid falling into the ocean.

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Woz on iPhone in 40 years: “I won’t want you humans”

Woz on iPhone in 40 years: “I won’t want you humans”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently touched down in Australia to give a speech at the QUT Business Leaders' Forum - on the same day the iPhone 5 released in the country, no less. While he was there, Australia's 9 News reports that he took some time to look to the future and consider the technology we'll be enjoying in 40 years. It turns out that he's excited for the AI era to arrive in force, talking about all of the advancements we'll have made in just a few decades' time.

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Google Glass tech’s dark side blasted in science fiction short

Google Glass tech’s dark side blasted in science fiction short

Google Glass is definitely something to get excited about, but do we want a world where everything is constantly connected through devices like it? A few years ago the notion would have seemed absurd, but now a future where everyone uses devices like Google Glass is certainly a possibility. A new short film named Sight by Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz examines such a future, and even though there are some exciting possibilities, there are also some pretty terrifying ones.

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