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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 7 days ago
Video games shape modern battle plans; drones carry more than weapons; scientists find a way to make tomorrow's army invisible.
aired 14 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 21 days ago
Canada's new plastic money; local communities print their own money; digital money.
aired 28 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 35 days ago
Electric clothes; wearable technology uses the body's own energy to charge a phone; the sneaker of the future.
aired 42 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 49 days ago
Creating operas with robots; virtual reality games; simulated environments.
aired 56 days ago
Turning to the ocean as a renewable source of power; floating islands big enough to support cities.
aired 63 days ago
Uses of 3-D printing: home products, recycling, body organs.
aired 70 days ago
Robotic cars; electric cars; solar-powered vehicles on the moon.
aired 77 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 84 days ago
A neighborhood running on solar power; underwater homes; living in caves on the moon; homes built in tiny parking-spots.
aired 91 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 98 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.
aired 105 days ago
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.
aired 112 days ago
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.
aired 119 days ago
Keeping Earth's fast-growing population fed; foods of the future.
aired 126 days ago
Astronauts, designers and factory workers tell how the robotic revolution is affecting the way people work; a robotic butler.
aired 133 days ago
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.
aired 140 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 147 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.

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