TECH OF FU­TURE PAST

HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Note - Zachary Chan EDI­TOR

Yes, we’re do­ing cliché movie lines for this is­sue. Why? It has al­ways seemed cus­tom­ary in Jan­uary that we try to pre­dict what will hap­pen for the year tech-wise, but 2015 is spe­cial though be­cause is the year that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in Back to the Fu­ture Part II. In­stead of look­ing ahead, we thought it would be a great (per­haps the only) op­por­tu­nity to use the iconic movie as a bench­mark to see how much of its tech pre­dic­tions—made 25 years ago in 1989—have ac­tu­ally come to pass.

And while we’re on the topic of the fu­ture, we’ve also re­cently had an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence For­mula-E rac­ing to take a closer look at the devel­op­ment of green en­ergy tech­nolo­gies. Our re­porter learned a few valu­able lessons there, chiefly be­ing that elec­tric race cars sound like a vac­uum cleaner. How­ever, one of the in­no­va­tions we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to is au­to­mo­tive wire­less charg­ing—yes, sim­i­lar to what’s avail­able to­day for smartphones, but for a car. While hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles are no longer new on roads, they’re still more in­con­ve­nient than the gas-guz­zlers we’re used to. Wire­less charg­ing how­ever, could very well change city driv­ing.

Where does that leave us? Hope­fully with a very pos­i­tive start for the new year, and as tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to in­vade ev­ery as­pect of our lives, you can look for­ward to HWM cov­er­ing wider scope of sto­ries. Thank you for all the sup­port given and have a Happy New Year.

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