Spray-on skin. Lab-grown ears. Human tissue grown in a petri dish. We’re going deep into sci-fi territory (and it is already happening).
Regenerative medicine is an emerging field that provides treatments to repair, regenerate, or replace damaged cells and tissue. The applications include therapies for Alzheimers, diabetes, cancer, and spinal injuries.
In the next few years, we may see dozens of new therapies hit the market. Here are a few companies on the leading edge: Continue reading
Here are the results of this week’s survey of inspirational source material for futurists.
(Courtesy of John Mahaffie and the APF.)
If you’ve ever used an ATM machine, pumped your own gas, paid for a bridge toll using EZ Pass, or had a gas meter read remotely, you’ve participated in the coming “internet of things.”
The first two versions of the internet connected five billion people and their social networks. Internet 3.0 is about putting the physical world on the web. As a part of that, we’ll see more everyday objects communicating to each other through basic machine-to-machine (M2M) interactions.
According to the research firm Analysys Mason, approximately 2 billion M2M devices will be connected by 2021, up from 100 million in 2011. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 36%.
Whole industries are already changing as a result of this. The possibilities are pretty remarkable… Continue reading
If you can sense the pattern (or rhythm) of things, you sometimes can get an understanding of what comes next. Cycles are useful in understanding how and when trends change.
History seldom repeats itself, but it usually rhymes. The economic malaise, social unrest, and realigning values of the current decade seem to echo themes from 1970’s, and the 1930’s. Is it possible that there is a forty-year cycle? Continue reading
Margarine, prescription drug, or petroleum product? Despite the confusing name, OLEDs promise to be the most disruptive display and lighting technology of the next two decades.
Organic Light-Emitting Diodes have been around since the 1950’s. These are carbon-based materials that create light when electricity is applied. Unlike traditional display technologies, such as LCDs and LEDs, no separated lighting mechanism is required. Also, there is no need for a flat glass backing. This changes everything. Continue reading
Image: Rethink Robotics
Tomorrow’s factory workers are tireless, don’t being to a union, take vacations, or ask for raises. They have no healthcare benefits and no embarrassing moments at the company Christmas party.
For basic jobs, robots are ideal employees. Robots will offer such significant cost benefits over time that companies not heavily invested in robotics may find themselves at a huge competitive disadvantage. Continue reading
Really nice to see the chapter that I wrote on the future of aging as a feature article in this month’s issue of The Futurist. Here it is, courtesy of the World Future Society.
Eldering – Aging With Resilience (click thru twice for file in pdf format)