3. Creating electricity in space
The idea of beaming solar power down to Earth from space was popularized in a 1941 Isaac Asimov short story in which the machinery was controlled by a robot called Cutie. Today, solar space stations still sound far-fetched, but scientists in the U.S. and Japan are pursuing modern versions of the system, which are becoming more feasible as space flight and solar panels promise to become MOREJan 5, 2012 5:00 AM ET
As the world population expands, cities will have to transform to meet the challenge. Here come foldable cars and flexible apartments.
By Alex Konrad, reporter
FORTUNE -- A small vehicle that looks like a Jetsons version of a smart car rests in a room at MIT's Media Lab. Here's how it works. When parking, the rear of the electric CityCar slides under the chassis, allowing the body to fold up into a MOREJan 4, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The one-man brand produces TV, chats up stars, and woos advertisers. He's an emblem of where show biz is headed.
By Daniel Roberts, reporter
FORTUNE -- Get ready to see more Kim Kardashian. If television executive and personality Ryan Seacrest represents the future of media -- and many entertainment moguls think he does -- then the world should gird itself for more reality TV and more shows like Keeping Up With the MOREJan 3, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Supercomputers that fit in the palm of your hand. Meat that grows in labs. Foldable cars. Solar power -- from space. Welcome to the year 2022. It's not your grandfather's future. Let Fortune be your guide.
By Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Steve Jobs once said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. That's a clever way of dancing around the dangers inherent in the business MOREJan 3, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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