The Future is Now

How Bees Could One Day Be Replaced by Tiny Drones

As most people have been made aware, bee populations have been in serious decline for quite some time now. Though scientists have yet to determine the specific cause for the dwindling numbers of these important pollinators, other scientists apparently aren’t waiting around to find out: Instead, a team of researchers from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have opted to work on a potential automated solution: a tiny robotic bee drone.

Say Goodbye to Food Labels: Your Produce Could Soon Be Laser-Imprinted

Food sticker labels could soon be a thing of the past. Brands, dates, origins, and even images could soon be laser-printed directly onto pieces of produce.

Starbucks Launches Voice Ordering on Its Mobile App and Alexa

Over the past year, Starbucks’ mobile ordering has seen impressive growth, with seven percent of customers now using the feature, more than double the amount last year. Using the Starbucks app easily allows customers to get their caffeine fix at the touch of a button. But for those customers who are sick of having to touch buttons, even better news: Starbucks has announced voice ordering.

KFC China Attempting to Predict Customers’ Orders with Facial Recognition

Would you like fries with that? KFC hopes it may already know the answer. The fast food chicken chain has just started testing its first “smart” restaurant in Beijing where, upon entry, patrons can be identified using facial recognition software.

This Techy Food Recycler Will Fight The Food Waste Problem

I won’t go as far as to claim that food waste is a problem that stems directly from our collective laziness, but I think it’s safe to say that a lot more people would get on board with composting if the process was easier. Whirlpool thinks it may have the solution: At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the brand debuted its Zera Food Recycler – a “revolutionary kitchen appliance [that] transforms food waste into sustainable homemade fertilizer within 24 hours.”

Morgan Freeman Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Robot Butler

Freeman was selected by popular demand on Facebook

Netflix’s CEO Says Entertainment Pills Could Make Movies and TV Obsolete

"Movies & TV shows will be like the opera and the novel."

Danny Meyer to Integrate Apple Watches into Service at Union Square Cafe

Danny Meyer clearly sees himself as a progressive innovator in the restaurant world – and the actions his company Union Square Hospitality Group has taken in recent years certainly backs that up.

Kraft Heinz Filed a Patent for a Crazy Pill That Makes Layered Instant Beverages

Imagine dropping a single pill into a glass of water and, before your amazed eyes, having it instantly turn into a distinctly three-layered beverage – similar to something between a parfait and a cappuccino. It sounds a bit crazy, like something out of a future only imagined in The Jetsons… but Kraft Heinz has filed a patent for it.

New Device Lets You Order Beer Online with the Push of a Button

That was easy.