Charles Dickens famously pointed to a moment in time that was both the best and the worst of times, but today we quit equivocating and ask ourselves once and for all: are we now living in the best or the worst of times?
Harnessing the power of the radioactive spider bite for mass production may not be within our grasp yet, but there are still plenty of technologies — from the all-knowing power of Google to a simple pair of binoculars — that make us better, stronger, and faster than just plain old human.
A couple weeks ago, we asked you to introduce yourselves to us in the comments. Then, we followed-up by asking you to spill your very best trade secrets to the community at large. But today, we want to know about the things that inspired you to become who you are.
Over 100 years ago, they had the first blocks of margarine and packets of Jell-O. Now, we have the cronut and the Doritos Locos Taco. Today, we want to know what you think people will eat in the future.
Usually, fond reminiscing is reserved for times that we've lived through. But, today, we want to know about the times and places that make you feel a sense of false nostalgia (nostalgia for a time or place that you did not / could not have lived through.)
Over 35 years ago, NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 into space, and with them two records filled with a variety of sounds and images designed to be a crash course in human experience. Today, we want to know what you would want to send into space to tell other civilizations about Earth.
We think about technological progress as moving us forward, but for every giant leap, there are just as many awkward sidesteps. Today, we want to know about the technological advances that time (justly!) forgets.
Some innovations and technological developments aim to make lofty, earth-shattering changes in the way we live, and then there are those whose goal is just to make life a tiny bit more fun. Today, we want to know what the most entertaining inventions of the last 50 years have been.
Time marches on in one direction at a steady rate, but today, we want to know where in time you would travel to if given the choice.
There are two kinds of inventions: the natural steps up from existing tech and then there are the ones that are so transformative we don't even realize how much we need them until they already exist. Today, we want to know your nominee for the most life-changing innovation of the last 100 years.
Yesterday, we asked you what made you feel like you were living in the future now and you responded with things both wonderful (smart phones! internet! video-chat!) and unfortunate (smart phones again and a shuttered government). Today, we turn our attention backwards, and ask where the promises of the future are…
Do we already live in the future? Sometimes, it seems like yes (smart phones and super fast trains!). Other times, it seems like no (freeway traffic and not that many robots). Today, we want to know what currently existing technology makes you feel like we might already be living in the future.
From the invention of the telephone approximately 150 years ago to tapping out little messages on devices that also simultaneously edit our photos, store our grocery lists, and help us locate ourselves, the way we communicate has changed. Today, we want to know what you think the next century will bring for…
3D printing: It's been suggested as a possibility in the not-too-distant future for everything from building homes to cooking to medical tech. Today, we want to know what you are most looking forward to 3-D printing.
Yesterday, we asked you to introduce yourselves in the comments and you told us that you are: molecular biologists, HAZMAT specialists, puppeteers, writers, park rangers, 3-d animators, librarians, fans, hobbyists, and relentless enthusiasts. Today, tell us one thing you'd like people to know about your area of…
We've talked about scientists, artists, superheroes, and robots with practically human feelings. But today, the fascinating individual that we want to know more about is you. Please take a moment to introduce yourself in the comments below, along with any details you'd like us to know.