Named 22 technologies of the future that will change our lives Some of them will help cope with the climate crisis
The UK edition of BBC Science Focus hinted at the developments that await us in the future.
Technological progress, according to the text, is very advanced. Therefore, we expect a series of discoveries. About some of them, below.
1. Laboratory milk products.
More and more companies are looking for ways to artificially manufacture animal products. One of the reasons is that the production of milk and milk products cannot be called environmentally friendly. They are also easier to produce in the lab than meat.
2. Digital “Twins” that monitor health.
A scanner has already been developed in the United States that will scan hundreds of people per hour. In the future, the developers want to produce a special digital avatar of a person – a kind of digital twin that updates with each new scan. This allows doctors to determine which patient to treat first.
3. Green Burial.
People are buried in the most environmentally friendly way. In the US state of Washington, for example, there is already a similar method: composting. There is also an alternative – burial in a special accumulation of fungi and other microorganisms. The third option mentioned in the document is alkaline hydrolysis.
4. Artificial eyes.
In January this year, Israeli doctors implanted an artificial cornea in a 78-year-old patient for the first time. In 2020, scientists developed an artificial iris that fits into smart contact lenses to correct low vision.
5. Airports for drones and flying taxis.
The first such airport is currently under construction in Great Britain.
6. Smart dots detecting infection.
Dacia Taylor, a 17-year-old college student, developed plaques that turn dark purple when the wound becomes infected. There are also points that analyze the condition of the wound and send information to the smartphone.
7. Energy Saving Bricks.
A study is currently being carried out into which the bricks can store energy like a battery.
8. Smartwatch that works with sweat.
Scientists from the University of Glasgow have developed such a device. You can replace batteries that contain many toxic substances.
9. “Living Concrete” self-healing.
University of Colorado at Boulder developed this material using sand, gel and bacteria. In their opinion, the invention is more environmentally friendly than conventional concrete.
10. Living Robots.
In other words, they are programmable living organisms. The developer of such robots, Joshua Bongard, says they could help collect microplastics or examine the human body in the future.
11. Touch virtual reality.
Northwestern University has developed a prototype device that makes touch tangible in virtual reality. A special flexible material is used for this, which contains small vibrating parts that are attached to the skin.
12. Universal Internet Access.
It turns out that today, the author writes, only about half of the entire population of the planet has access to the Internet. Big companies (like Google) are trying to solve this problem.
13. Heart Rate Monitor T-Shirt.
KYMIRA has created such a development. The system determines your heart rate and uploads the results to the cloud via Bluetooth.
14. Create new products from coffee grounds.
Bio-bean already does this. His employees collect coffee leftovers and transform them into aromas, bioplastics, biofuel logs in a special way.
15. Extinguish fires with sounds.
Drones will fight forest fires in the future. They direct loud noises toward the trees, thereby blocking the fire’s access to oxygen.
16. Researchers of artificial intelligence.
Scientists from Tufts University (Massachusetts) have created an artificial intelligence capable of autonomously understanding how the seaworm regenerates in 42 hours.
17. Car batteries that charge in 10 minutes.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have come up with a new design that can fully charge a car in just 10 minutes. The results of the studies are published in joules.
18. Driverless trucks.
You can cover longer distances in less time, drive more smoothly and use less fuel. Mercedes and Peloton are already planning to implement these developments.
19. Artificial neurons on silicon chips.
Researchers have discovered how to make human-like neurons. The development authors hope that such chips will be used in future implants that will help treat Alzheimer’s and heart failure.
20. Floating farms.
The farm will have three levels, on the first there will be solar panels, on the second – beds with vegetables, on the last – a closed room with fish. According to the specialist’s forecasts, the company will produce 8.1 tons of vegetables and 1.7 tons of fish per year.
21. Pleistocene Park.
This is a project by Russian scientist Sergei Zimov. The park is a space reminiscent of the ecosystem of the gigantic steppe.
22. Almost total isolation.
For this, aerogels are used – special materials for thermal insulation.