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18 Undeniable Signs The Future Is Actually Here

Hello future. We truly live in amazing times. This trip into the future is courtesy of the BMW i3.

1. We have a toy car on Mars.

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And it's taking selfies. SELFIES.

2. Russian scientists might clone a woolly mammoth.

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They have likely found suitable DNA from a frozen mammoth. Jurassic Park is just around the corner.

3. The selfie stick is about to go airborne.

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A company has created a drone wristwatch that will fly off your wrist to snap pictures and videos of you in the third person.

4. Your new dog walker is a drone.

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Imagine: an automated drone walks Fido three times a day, every day, while you are at work. No more dog walker fees. No more stir-crazy dog.

5. There's a hotel in China staffed almost entirely by robots.

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A robot waitstaff delivers cocktails, and the rooms are all futuristic space pods. The best part? Robo maids won't judge you for leaving your pod a mess.

6. Robot journalists are writing breaking news stories.

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A robot detected an earthquake in L.A. last year, typed up an announcement, and sent it to the Los Angeles Times, who published it. The timespan between the earthquake's occurrence and publication of the automated story? Three minutes.

7. Some dude 3D printed a robot that can beat any human in air hockey...

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And he did it in his spare time. Like, "NBD. My pet project surpasses the limits of human hand-eye coordination."

8. ...and we're 3D printing ears, jaws, organs, arms, and all sorts of marvelous things.

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3D printing isn't just for doodads anymore. It's changing lives.

9. Martha Stewart is even releasing a 3D printable collection of table decorations.

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Did anyone really ever see this coming?

10. Scientists uploaded a worm's brain into a robot.

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This robot thinks it's a worm. Yes. This is the real.

11. A venture capital firm promoted an algorithm to its board of trustees last year.

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The algorithm, named VITAL, will vote on investment decisions just like the other five human members of the board.

12. (Presumably hungry) scientists have created eternal pizza.

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The pizza keeps at room temperature for three years — no freezing or refrigeration required. This is the stuff of miracles.

13. You may soon be able to live like a villain from Spider-Man.

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Have you ever said, "I kinda have my hands full over here"? These Supernumerary Robotic Limbs give you the extra hands you need to get it all done. Can't wait to bring groceries into the house with these bad boys.

14. The magic "power laces" are finally coming in 2015...

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We have been very patient.

15. ...and the fabled hoverboards have already arrived.

You know that whole "doesn't work on water" thing? Mankind figured that out too.

16. But it's not all frivolous: "Telepresence" robots allow sick kids to attend school and disabled persons to go out into the world.

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17. Simultaneous language translation is coming soon.

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This is the stuff of science fiction: real-time audio language translation. Soon language barriers will fall, and the world will be much, much smaller.

18. And finally: mind control actually exists.

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Researchers were able to transmit human thought over the internet. One volunteer thought about pressing a button to fire a cannon in a video game. Another volunteer in another room pressed the button — without knowing he was controlling the game.

Oh, and one more thing: Electric cars are now awesome.

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Built in a wind-powered factory with the strength of carbon fiber and the agility of BMW performance, the all-electric BMW i3 redefines our idea of the automobile. Hello future.