Kevin Lepton

I am the writer, editor and publisher behind this future technology blog and I predict you will keep reading to see what is coming right around that metaphorical corner.

Jul 172014

The old joke about hydrogen cars is that they are always 10 years away. But, the naysayers have nothing to joke about anymore.

In the past few years, Honda and Daimler have leased their hydrogen cars to consumers and fleets. In June 2014, Hyundai introduced the first production line H2 vehicle to be sold through a dealership in the United States.

The Hyundai Tustin dealership in Orange County, California was the first to lease one of these vehicles to Mr. Tim Bush and family. Bush is a St. Farm agent in Newport Beach, California. I was there for this event and took this photo at the top of this post. And, yes, these ix35 Hyundai hydrogen cars look just like regular vehicles – until you look under the hood that is.

And, so, this is just the beginning. In December 2014, Toyota is expected to start production on their commercial fuel cell vehicle. The other major car companies are soon to follow after that.

So, what is the future for hydrogen cars say 5 or 10 years down the road? It’s anyone’s guess, but as long as the building of cars and supporting infrastructure take place in parallel, then the future is bright for this long range EV.


Jun 252014

The Guardian has a good read concerning how future tech will change jobs in medicine, law and architecture.

Here are 3 of the key points:

  • Medical computer diagnostics will take the place of some doctors for diagnosing common illnesses. Computers will be able to quickly cross reference millions of documents to come up with accurate diagnoses. Robotic surgeons will also play a bigger role in future medicine.
  • Virtual courts will appear online for many forms of mundane legal cases such as traffic tickets. The traditional and current use of the courts is very inefficient and moving to an online system will save time and money for all parties involved.
  • With access to cloud computing one-man architecture firms will become more prevalent and will architectural teams that collaborate among different continents.


May 152014

Future robots will not likely be like the lead in the “Terminator” movies. Many Internet of Everything robots already exist in some homes in the form of household appliances, thermostats and even automated vacuum cleaners.

According to the Moscow Times, Russia is behind the curve when it comes to developing future robots. And, when they are designing and building bots, a lot of the work is outsourced to other countries such as China.

Before Arnold Schwarzen-governor goes back to the future in search for John Connor, there will be many less sophisticated bots helping us with our daily lives.

The Moscow Times says, “While industrial and household, or service, robots are a fast-emerging new global market, Russia so far has acquired only a small portion of it. It buys robots each year by the hundreds, while according to the International Federation of Robotics, in 2012 about 3 million robots were sold worldwide for personal and domestic use and almost 160,000 for industrial application.”

It has now come to the point in our world’s development that the U. N. is considering banning killer robots. This includes fully autonomous killer land bots and well as drones.

I predict there will come a time when we’ll be able to put 100 robots in a room randomly typing at their keyboards an create the Great American novel.