6 inventions that could change the world

These recent achievements aren't just prototypes. They really work, and provide a glimpse of where technology is going.

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Jun 17, 2014 9:39PM
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O.K., progress is fine but this Hyperloop thing needs more work. I cannot imagine 250 people hunkered down in a tiny tube for an hour trip and no one having to use the "facilities". I've never been on an airplane without seeing a line at the restrooms 2 minutes after liftoff.


Just sayin'.... 

Jun 18, 2014 3:20AM
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Nah, here's what will really change the World.

1)Tesla and the Giga Factory
2)Homes running off of Alternative Energy
3)Comprehensive Public Transportation System
4)Ending GMO Foods
5)3D Printing
6)Eating Healthy and Regular Exercising
7)AI intelligence
8)Giving Workers a Living Wage


Jun 22, 2014 10:47AM
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The Home Choice Dialysis machine makes life NORMAL for folks without a Kidney. I use one, every day.
Jun 21, 2014 10:39AM
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By all means, let's have more inventions that allow us to work more.
Jun 22, 2014 5:01AM
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Interesting set of gadgets but nothing I saw is likely to 'change the world' even if it ever gets built.
Jun 22, 2014 8:54AM
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I must agree it is impossible to predict what crazy people will fall in love with and can't live without.... Obama the most recent example.
Jun 22, 2014 7:54AM
Jun 21, 2014 4:08PM
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"Back injuries, typically caused by lifting, affect 600,000 workers per year, costing at least $50 billion, according to the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration."

This device helps your arms, shoulders, and upper back, but your lower back and legs are putting in MORE work than without it since it has to lift your upper body, the object you're lifting PLUS the weight of the "upper-body robotic exoskeleton."

Why no discussion about that?  The claim is 40 more pounds can be lifted BY THE ARMS.  But what are there force and torque numbers for the rest of the body?  As my research advisor in college often said, "If you can't put a number on it, you don't know what you're talking about."

Jun 22, 2014 8:18AM
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yes, I can just see everyone walking around with $10,000 dollar 'titan arms' on.

along with their braces for the injured backs caused by lifting even more weight improperly.....


Sigh.   "change the world'?   more like a geeks fantasy

Jun 22, 2014 1:00PM
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I don't like the idea of self driving cars because something could go wrong, especially with newer models that don't have the kinks worked out, and a self driving car might make people less likely to pay attention to the road. I think it would be better if people just learn how to drive cars correctly.
Jun 22, 2014 11:38AM
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What is really going to change the world is the bloody revolution that is coming to the USA.
Jun 22, 2014 8:41AM
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How about food and drink discoveries and tech inventions?  Like maybe fresh donuts that don't turn you into Hugh Jass,  delivered through a pipe right to your couch,  and wine that doesn't give you a hangover. 
Yeah,  they can meter it right at the house and send you a monthly bill to be paid automatically from your unemployment and food stamp accounts.
It's going to be a great new world.

Jun 22, 2014 12:52PM
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As the American sheeple continues to slide deeper and deeper into the muck of poverty because we have no jobs, just who is it that will be able to afford these new inventions/technologies, or any other, for that matter? No jobs = no $ = no consumerism = no economy = no America for the bottom 75%.
Jun 22, 2014 7:06AM
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Prediction..."self driving cars" will be made illegal.
Jun 18, 2014 7:29AM
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I refuse to click through 8 pages just to get your click rate up.
Jun 22, 2014 10:02AM
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I get tired of these "could" articles.  they say nothing except they WILL cost you.  Sounds like an "ask your doctor" ad.  this stuff could help, might help, could kill you but they will cost you.  Ask your doctor today.  Why does  the population put up with it silently?
Jun 22, 2014 10:00AM
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It's not going to matter if the car can drive itself or not...you are still going to have as many cars on the road as before...still going to have congestion!  Still going to have people texting, shaving, putting on makeup, reading the paper, etc. as before...and you know as well as I do that technology fails, computers lock up, things go off-line without warning.  Then what will you do with a vehicle that drives itself?  Get stuck in traffic like always?   Crash and burn like always?  It's just another invention that kills people.
Jun 22, 2014 10:06AM
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Most of thees are just adaptions to existing products. Except for the Titan Arm, which would be helpful, and the Hyperloop.  The big problem I see with the hyperloop is there are no bathrooms!

When I think of world changing inventions I think of things like the light bulb, internal combustion engine, computer, and printing.  Things that profoundly changed the way we live.  There are many others I could name but an in home dialysis machine is not going to change the world. 

I never liked the idea of self driving cars. Seems like it would replace lots of people.  Bus, taxi, truck, and train drivers would all be out of work.  And if my self driving car has an accident with your self driving car who it to blame?

Jun 22, 2014 1:37PM
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At my age I am getting reluctant to drive. Will someone give me one of those self-driving cars?
You young kids can hot-rod it around, us older folks want to slow down.
Jun 22, 2014 11:20AM
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I cannot believe the love people have for "ask your doctor" ads!!!  We are an addicted country!!!!!!!!!!  See my earlier post about the kidney machine.  Posted for one hour, three gave me a dislike while only one gave me a like.  The likes, dislikes are not what matters.  What matters is our country is addicted to pills.  Health does not come in a bottle.  You hurt, you eat a pain pill even if a slight discomforth.  You think it healed you. You love it.  the truth is you still hurt but it is covered up, destroying your brain as it covers the pain.  You hurt but you brain has been altered to not feel the pain.  I am not a doctor but that is how I see it. I have seen too many people destroyed by pills.
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