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2050 is still decades away, but what might the world be like in that year? What new technology will be available? Will robots be commonplace? Will space tourism thrive? "Xploration Earth 2050" investigates some of the questions. The host speaks with entrepreneurs whose businesses focus on futuristic ideas and products in automotive technology, consumer electronics and health care. Scientists, doctors and science-fiction writers also explore the questions posed. The show also looks at older sci-fi movies to see how many proposed ideas have come to fruition.

Latest episodes

aired 78 days ago
A 200-pound robot that is almost as graceful as a dancer; a robot makes deliveries in office buildings; a robot designed to educate toddlers of the future.
aired 85 days ago
Using millions of plastic balls to conserve water; figuring out ways for astronauts to survive on Mars; glaciers provide clues about Earth's water supply.
aired 92 days ago
Changing traditional methods of growing food; aquaponics; food waste.
aired 99 days ago
Future tech allows archaeologists to look into the ancient past; satellite imaging and 3-D sensing; prehistoric bones; an English king is identified after lying buried for 500 years.
aired 106 days ago
Law enforcement employs new technology to catch criminals; computer software detects forgery; DNA analysis reveals what a suspect may look like; forensic anthropologists put faces on the unidentified.
aired 113 days ago
Drone technology saves thousands of lives in disaster sites; drones bring vital medications to isolated communities; drone racers.
aired 120 days ago
An underwater tent allows people to spend days beneath the ocean's surface; explorers use the Utah desert to simulate what it may be like to live on Mars; quick, cardboard homes work in almost any environment.
aired 127 days ago
Video games shape modern battle plans; drones carry more than weapons; scientists find a way to make tomorrow's army invisible.
aired 134 days ago
Humpback whales show designers how to save energy; birds and bees wipe out killer mosquitoes in the Florida Keys; dogs learn to sniff out deadly diseases.
aired 141 days ago
Canada's new plastic money; local communities print their own money; digital money.
aired 148 days ago
Farms move from the countryside to the city; the vertical farm; the world's busiest airport is home to a honeybee colony.
aired 155 days ago
Electric clothes; wearable technology uses the body's own energy to charge a phone; the sneaker of the future.
aired 162 days ago
More people move to cities than ever before; apartments built on assembly lines; high-tech furniture; a house barely larger than a one-car garage.
aired 169 days ago
Creating operas with robots; virtual reality games; simulated environments.
aired 176 days ago
Turning to the ocean as a renewable source of power; floating islands big enough to support cities.
aired 183 days ago
Uses of 3-D printing: home products, recycling, body organs.
aired 190 days ago
Robotic cars; electric cars; solar-powered vehicles on the moon.
aired 197 days ago
Living on the moon and Mars; tourists traveling the solar system; asteroid-mining for precious materials running low on Earth; space elevators.
aired 204 days ago
A neighborhood running on solar power; underwater homes; living in caves on the moon; homes built in tiny parking-spots.
aired 211 days ago
Technology helps a colorblind visual artist to "hear" colors; a machine uses human brain waves to move objects; a high-tech skeleton helps disabled people to walk.
aired 218 days ago
Electronic skin keeps tabs on vital functions and warns of trouble; implanted devices powered by the body; a simulator shows how robotic surgery will soon save lives.

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