In the 1989 hit move Back To The Future Part II, our protagonist Marty McFly travels to what was then the strange and distant future day of October 21, 2015, encountering all sorts of strange modern technologies, like hoverboards, dog-walking drones, and Nike shoes that lace themselves up That's today (US time), and while our hoverboards are far from cinematic perfection, Nike has gone ahead and brought the shoes from the movie into real life.
Last night was the first debate for the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates, but it was also the first presidential debate in history that could be viewed in virtual reality. CNN teamed up with software company NextVR to broadcast the event live in a 360-degree virtual reality video accessible only to users of Samsung's Gear VR headset, which is available now for $99 on the Samsung Store, and requires a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone as the viewer.
Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the lettuce cheaper and better for the environment.
Elon Musk has often been compared to Tony Stark. The billionaire entrepreneur is the brains behind SpaceX's reusable rockets, Tesla's electric cars, and the solar power provider SolarCity. But last night when comedian Stephen Colbert pressed Musk to decide whether he's a superhero or a supervillain, Musk was evasive.