A feature aimed at kids in the online edition of National Geographic called What will life be like in 2035? has a few interesting insights. The magazine first details the technological marvel that’ll be all the rage in 2035, the self-driving car:

Relax, play a video game, watch a DVD, or catch up on your reading while you’re driving downtown. What? While you’re driving? Yep, because you’re in your self-driving car. This car makes smart, safe driving decisions by communicating with other vehicles, joining car caravans, and navigating around construction and road debris. All you have to do is tell your smart car where you want to go and it gets you there.

No way! Really? It’s just like public transport … but not. I so can’t wait for the future.

And as if that wasn’t cool enough, National Geographic also profiles a real kick-ass technology sure to foil the alibis of many a future criminal with science: “brain fingerprinting.”

The world is safer for law-abiding citizens, thanks to Brain Fingerprinting (BF), a way to peek into a suspect’s mind to verify if he was at the scene of a crime. How? Sort of like a lie detector test, but BF reads a person’s involuntary response to a memory. It measures and records specific brain waves that are only active when a person has memories of an event or place. If those brain waves don’t register, the person doesn’t know about the crime. If memories of the crime do show up, the criminal is busted, and the streets are safer.”

I especially like how in the future criminal justice is far simpler. If your brain says you were there, you obviously committed the crime. Busted!