It seems that technology is changing our world on a daily basis. While that may be a slight exaggeration, it’s really not far from the truth. Here are just a few new innovations that are changing the way we live our lives.
In Vitro Meat
Vegans won’t eat any animal-based foods, while meat-eaters scoff at the idea of giving up steak, pork chops, and burgers. What if there were a compromise? Enter in vitro meat. This is meat synthetically created in a laboratory that can take on the look, taste, and texture of real meat. The primary difference is it eliminates the need to feed, raise, and slaughter farm animals, saving on expenses and eliminating issues of animal cruelty.
We’re well on our way to developing computers that can be controlled by our thoughts. While the entertainment value is limitless, it’s the healthcare field that is most enticed by this concept. Already, there are projects underway to combine brain-controlled computers to prosthetic limbs to give disabled persons more natural mobility.
We’ve known for decades that our genetic makeup can make certain people predisposed to developing certain types of cancer and other diseases. Now, studies are underway to develop technologies that will let scientists edit an individual’s DNA to remove harmful genes. In that way, the disease may never even develop.
Our freshwater supply is running perilously low. One alternative is to remove the salt from sea water, but, while that technology does exist, it has previously been too complex and expensive to be feasible. That’s changing, now that we’re developing new ways to remove the metals from the brine (salt) that’s leftover from the desalination process. If those metals can be harvested, desalination will become more worthwhile.
The Real Tricorder
The idea of creating a real tricorder, like those seen in the Star Trek universe, has long been theorized, but it may soon be a reality. Qualcomm is completing a competition for inventors to submit their designs for a real tricorder and the finalists have already been selected. The winner will record vital signs and be able to diagnose up to 12 diseases.
There are many more new technologies set to be unleashed. As we advance the technology of our world, we are better able to improve and lengthen our lives. While we may not have flying cars yet, we are definitely living in a science-driven age.