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The 12 best advanced science projects

These experiments could change the way we live

From robots that eat and shrink to invincible soldiers and smart drones, advanced science projects will alter our universe. We look at 12 of the best.

The Jetson pod

It looks a little like the flying car belonging to cartoon characters the Jetsons but it travels on magnetically levitated highways.

That's one vision of a future commuter system that could be developed by a marriage of NASA robot-control software and car-like pods from Unimodal Systems.

Specifically, Unimodal's SkyTran will use small vehicles running on elevated, magnetically levitated (maglev) guideways, which distinguishes it from other railed systems.

The vehicles are lightweight, personal compartments that can transport up to three passengers, according to Unimodal.

Travellers board the pod-like vehicles and type their destinations into a small computer. Using intelligent control system software, SkyTran will run non-stop point-to-point service without interrupting the flow of traffic, the company said.

Fly by droning

By 2047 the US Air Force says unmanned aircraft with blazing artificial intelligence systems could fly over a target and determine whether to unleash lethal weapons - without human intervention. Nothing could go wrong there!

Such intelligent unmanned aircraft were described in the Air Force's 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan 2009-2047' report, which outlines the service's future use of drones.

The Air Force said that assuming the decision is reached to allow some degree of aircraft autonomy, commanders must retain the ability to refine the level of autonomy the aircraft will be granted just as they set rules of engagement for the personnel under their command today.

NEXT PAGE: The all-consuming AI system and NASA and the micro-bots

  1. These experiments could change the way we live
  2. Going up and a vegetarian robot
  3. The robotic gardener and the dark side
  4. Buzzing and Big Brother
  5. The Jetson Pod and Fly by droning
  6. The all-consuming AI system and NASA and the micro-bots

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