Archive for the 'Future Tech' Category

Passwords suck. Here’s what you can (and can’t) do about it

Last June, 6.5 million Linked-In passwords were stolen by hackers and posted online. eHarmony lost 1.5 million passwords; Yahoo Voice another 450,000. Among the most common passwords used: 123456, welcome, and the ever popular “password.” The problem isn’t that these sites should have done a better job protecting user data (though they should have). It’s [...]

Auto Robotica: What will we do when our cars are smarter than we are?

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the IFA 2012 consumer electronics show in Berlin as a guest of the IFA organizers. When not drinking Pilsner and eating bratwurst I managed to squeeze in a panel on the future of the car, featuring representatives from Ford, Microsoft, Inrix (the leading provider of aggregated traffic [...]

Is there a sexbot in your future?

I can’t remember who first said it, but it seems truer every day: The future just ain’t what it used to be. Here we are in 2010, and I’m still waiting for my personal jetpack, let alone a transporter. Flying cars? Fahgeddaboutit. Phasers? Not even close. I want Rosie the Jetson’s robotic maid; instead I [...]

10 years later: What will the tech world look like in 2020?

It’s kind of hard to believe the first decade of the third millennium is almost over. Seems like only yesterday we were pulling out our hair worrying about Y2K; now we worry about whether enough total strangers are following the minutiae of our lives on Twitter and Facebook. The last ten years have been dominated [...]

Six Technologies That Will Change Your Life

In the next decade, we might not whiz around in jet cars or own personal robot servants, but we will whiz around in 3D virtual worlds and have access to the Internet from everywhere. (A version of this story appeared in the March/April issue of Consumer Digest magazine, which has no real online presence – [...]

Auto Tech: Same Gear, New Services

For this year’s cars, personal navigation and search services will be in the driver’s seat. (This entry originally appeared in my Gadget Freak column in the February 2008 issue of PC World. Washingtonpost.com also ran it — and this time they managed to include my byline.) by Dan Tynan You may drive a sporty new [...]

Remains of the Day: Bit by Bit

(A version of this story originally appeared in the March 08 issue of PC World magazine.) by Dan Tynan We have met big brother, and he is us. Incredibly small cameras and wireless Net connections may herald an era of “sous-veillance” — literally, observation from below – says CRN’s Jaime Cascio. Tiny cameras and microphones [...]

A Factory on Every Desk?

(A version of this story originally appeared in the March 08 issue of PC World magazine.) By Dan Tynan One day you may order a new coffee pot or clock radio from Amazon and never have to wait for Fed Ex or UPS. Instead, you’ll download and build it using a printer-sized factory on your [...]

Five Sci-Fi Scenarios That May Actually Happen

(A version of this story originally appeared in the March 08 issue of PC World magazine.) by Dan Tynan Sure, it looks great in the movies, but what about inside your living room? DC-based Virtual think tank TechCast polls hundreds of futurists and deep thinkers, then calculates when emerging technologies will are likely to be [...]

The Next 25 Years in Tech

The Next 25 Years in Tech PCs may disappear from your desk by 2033. But with digital technology showing up everywhere else–including inside your body–computing will only get more personal. Dan Tynan (This story originally appeared in the March 2008 issue of PC World magazine.) The future ain’t what it used to be. In the [...]