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.
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Uses of 3-D printing: home products, recycling, body organs.
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Robotic cars; electric cars; solar-powered vehicles on the moon.
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Living on the moon and Mars; tourists traveling the solar system; asteroid-mining for precious materials running low on Earth; space elevators.
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A neighborhood running on solar power; underwater homes; living in caves on the moon; homes built in tiny parking-spots.
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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.
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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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A robotic security guard; a softball-sized set of eyes and ears allow crime fighters to see danger long before it can hurt them; scanning brain waves to see if people are telling the truth.
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A search-and-rescue robot doubles as a tank; a therapy robot looks and acts like a real pet; a high-tech firemen's mask has more than X-ray vision.
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Keeping Earth's fast-growing population fed; foods of the future.
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Astronauts, designers and factory workers tell how the robotic revolution is affecting the way people work; a robotic butler.
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Designers use manta rays to change how people explore the ocean's depths; a mechanical bird's design helps factories become more efficient; a robotic hummingbird helps soldiers stay safe.
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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.
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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.
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Changing traditional methods of growing food; aquaponics; food waste.
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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.
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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.
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Drone technology saves thousands of lives in disaster sites; drones bring vital medications to isolated communities; drone racers.
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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.
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Video games shape modern battle plans; drones carry more than weapons; scientists find a way to make tomorrow's army invisible.
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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.
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Creating operas with robots; virtual reality games; simulated environments.
Americans have been fascinated by the cosmos for decades and rely on NASA to explore celestial bodies seen in the night sky to get a better idea of what is out there. In this series, former NASA employee Emily Calandrelli visits some of the agency's facilities, private companies and universities to speak with people knowledgeable about the topic to help "show off the coolest aspects of the space industry," to use her words. Technology, a potential manned mission to Mars and planetary tourism are some themes.
Philippe Cousteau Jr. is no stranger to exploration. The grandson of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, Philippe hosts and serves as executive producer of this half-hour earth science series that examines the planet. He visits diamond and gold mines to see how gems and metals are formed, travels to active volcanoes to observe what happens inside the Earth's burning core, and checks out weather stations in mountainous areas to get an idea of how weather phenomena form in the atmosphere.