1. 7 far-out technologies closer than you think
If it's cliché to say that yesterday's science fiction is today's off-the-shelf tech, it's only because it's come true time and again. That process of transforming the crackpot into the practical hasn't come to a standstill. There's a fresh crop of tech on the way that makes use of everything from quantum mechanics to carbon nanotubes. Here are seven technologies, once either at the bleeding edge or entirely off the map, but now emerging as realities or soon-to-be realities on the desktop and in the data centre.