Researchers at Germany's Frauenhofer Institute built this robot to move like a spider, keeping four legs on the ground at all times while the other four take steps. Just like real spiders, this critter will be able to fit into tight spaces, so it can find people buried under debris in emergency situations. Even arachnaphobes will breathe a sigh of relief when they see one coming their way.
Learn a language by…eating a pill? Negroponte's TED Talk kicks off with clips from his past talks over the last thirty years, showing off the ways in which he has correctly predicted the turns and avenues technology would take. At the end of that review lies his next prediction: learning language (and other things) by ingesting a pill.