Once in a while, technological innovations that could change the future spring up. It is nothing new, given that inventions that sounded like science fiction are now a mainstay. So, we have come up with a list of nascent technologies to watch out for in the future. Given the pace at which technology is developing, the future can only get brighter.
1. Research into Bacteriophages
Over the years, scientists have been researching viruses that could kill bacteria and cure diseases. This area of research is especially important when it comes to curing ailments caused by an antibiotic-resistant bacterium. A good example is the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which resists multiple antibiotic remedies.
Bacteriophages are one of the technological inventions that have been in the pipeline for a while. In the former Soviet Union, the technology was in use in hospitals in 1988. However, it only came to the West in 2012.
2. Gene Therapy
Science fiction has, for years, featured gene therapy as a possible remedy for various ailments. With continued research and development, the technique is now a reality. For instance, gene therapy can help restore the sense of sight by editing out problematic genes.
Also, scientists are using it to teach engineered immune cells to fight cancer using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. The good thing is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved many gene therapy procedures. So, you can confidently use them, knowing you are safe.
3. Carbon Grids Replacing Rhodium
The vehicle you drive has a catalytic converter made from rhodium. However, rhodium is costly – an ounce of the rare metal goes for $13,000. Yet, it plays such an important role in automotive technology.
Luckily, scientists have developed carbon grids that can work in catalytic converters. With that, manufacturers don’t have to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to get the rhodium they need. Who knows? The use of carbon grids could make cars more affordable in the future. Even so, you may have to choose between an electric vehicle and a fuel-driven one.
4. Lithium-sulphur Batteries
Lithium sulphur is the latest technology in battery making. Even though better than lithium-ion and lithium polymer batteries, it is expected to cost much less. Therefore users will get more significant storage for a lower price. Lithium sulphur batteries will certainly make electric cars better than they have been.
5. Printed Human Organs
One of the most interesting technological inventions is the advent of printed human organs. Thanks to 3D printing technology, it is now possible to reproduce organs for implanting in humans. For example, scientists have managed to print a trachea tube recently. So far, the technology is still rudimentary and promises to improve significantly in the future. It is interesting where this technology is headed, and all should keep eyes open.
6. Deepfake Technology
Deepfake is a new technological invention that people can use to create fake videos. Just like Photoshop for photography, Deepfake completely alters the details contained in a video. Observers are worried that making the technology widespread would render video evidence inadmissible in a court of law.
If anything, technology has taken fake news to a whole new level. That’s why scientists are already thinking of technologies to authenticate videos used as evidence in court. We can only wait and see if they will succeed at that.
7. Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems
Drip irrigation systems help deliver water directly to the roots of plants. It relies on a network of pipes spread throughout the field. The system has a pump that pushes water to where it is needed. Drip irrigation systems are more efficient since they do not allow infiltration, runoff, and evaporation. Thus, they help you save on water consumption.
Now, scientists have invented a drip irrigation system that solely relies on solar power. With that, you save on two fronts – energy and water consumption. That should be good news for farmers working in off-grid locations.
8. Solar Panel Glass
Traditional solar panels were separate systems that required placement on roofs to capture sun rays. Now, scientists have developed solar panel glass, which is transparent and can go onto windows. You can install the glass on city skyscrapers and generate your electricity. In short, the glass serves two purposes – it is a window and a solar panel at the same time. In addition to skyscrapers, they are great for homes and vehicles.
9. Implants That Grow
One of the best technological inventions of recent times is the implants that grow with the individual. For example, a kid can get new heart valves and use them for a lifetime. That’s because the implants grow with the child into adulthood. However, chemical engineers are yet to perfect the technique that would make the implants work perfectly. When it is finally out, the technology will remove the necessity of having to undergo multiple surgeries.
Betavoltics are batteries with nuclear waste and can last for thousands of years on a single charge. Scientists in the UK are already doing trials on these batteries before launching them out on the market. Even though they hold charge for long, the batteries only release little power at a time. In the past, betavoltaic have featured in nuclear pacemakers that give life to heart patients indefinitely.
Scientists are working hard to come up with all sorts of technological inventions. They are improving on contemporary technologies, making them better for future generations. We can only sit back and wait for these technologies to become fully functional. To reiterate, the future can only get brighter!