There is a huge amount of time, effort and money being poured into the next generation of scientific breakthroughs and quite often the sci-fi writers’ imagination is going to be the reality of the future.
I’ve written about 3D printing in the past, predicting its rise in 2014, and it has started to revolutionise medicine with the creation of replacement jaws, hips, backbones, skulls and in the next decade; hearts. It has also been used to create low cost housing in a very short time, suitable for a growing population and disaster zones.
With a population that is predicted to hit 10 billion by 2050, it will be imperative that technology and science help us manage the future of our planet, and to this end Super Photosynthesis will help to increase crop yields and help feed the world. Synthetic foods will also help, with laboratory grown beef being created from stem cells (20,000 thin strands of muscle tissue being used to create a synthetic burger), and this mass food production is predicted to be possible within a decade with positive environmental consequences.
With energy being at a premium, with less fossil fuels being used, there have been some leaps and bounds in terms of artificial energy. Lasers being fired at frozen hydrogen atoms to create mini stars through nuclear fusion, creating more energy than that being used to make them.
With medical science innovations and breakthroughs happening all the time, here are some of the most interesting; cybernetic immortality – human consciousness, personality and intelligence into robots, telepathy – brain-to-brain communication, gene editing – modifying human embryos to correct genetic diseases, suspended animation – used in surgery to stop the body functioning normally to allow more effective surgical techniques, as well as artificial lifeforms – building bacterial genomes to improve medicine.
The military is always looking for more effective ways in which the soldier on the ground can be better at their jobs; with the advent of exoskeleton suits, which may be bullet-proof, but also help paraplegics walk again and help clear up disaster zones.
Although scientists are continually making breakthroughs, it often takes longer than predicted to see them in reality; some may fail but undoubtedly some will come to fruition and change the way the human species evolves and exists in the near future.