World peace through sharing electrons
One of Buckminster Fuller's seldom-discussed ideas involved interconnecting the world's electrical grids. Surprisingly, this could lead to cheaper energy for everyone, and maybe even better international relations.
Putting information processing in its place
By thinking first about the tasks humans need to accomplish, technology companies can adapt computers and electronic devices to be more like appliances, fading into the background and requiring less of our attention.
A new angle on photo identification
Your eye's iris patterns are more likely to be unique than your fingerprints, making iris scanning a promising biometric tool for verifying that you are who you claim to be.