- Hydrogen powered cars
Also known as fuel cells, these cars run on hydrogen. But their fuel can be derived from a number of resources, including wind, solar energy and even garbage. Instead of producing harmful pollutants as a side effect of their process, these cars produce nothing but water from their tailpipes. Hydrogen vehicles are already being produced and distributed on a small scale while testing continues, with a small number of fuel stations available around the world.
- Meat Made from Stem Cells
With the increased awareness of the environmental impact of meat production as well as increased sympathy for the conditions faced by farmed animals, scientists have gotten innovative in their proposed solutions. This method of meat production involves no farming, and almost no animals; it simply uses cells harmlessly biopsied from animals to grow flesh in laboratories from stem cells and produce meat. Developers expect this product to hit public shelves in as little as 5 years.
- Floating farms
These futuristic triple-layer farms would float on the sea and would be almost completely self-sustaining. They would have fish farms on the bottom level, hydroponic gardens in the middle, and solar panels on the roof. Hydroponics, desalination, greenhouses and photovoltaic power would all be regularly occurring processes contributing to the self-sufficient operational aspect of these farms. They would essentially free up all the space on land which is currently used for agriculture – roughly half of all the land on earth.
- Hyperloop Train
This 700mph subsonic train is essentially a magnetic levitation train in low pressure transit tube. It would use tunnels and pods (or capsules) to move from location to location. These trains would allow people to span distances like London to Edinburgh or LA to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes.
- Water Omniprocessor
This process, already in operation, converts human waste into electricity and drinkable water. It would reduce bottled water, along with providing access to clean drinking water to the billions of people who do not have it. Currently, about 700,000 children die every year from poor sanitation related illness; omniprocessing would render that statistic drastically reduced.
- Sundrop Farms
This is a greenhouse farming system which already exists in South Australia which uses a combination of technologies to farm using far fewer resources than conventional greenhouse technology. The current methods use concentrated solar power, thermal desalination and steam-based electricity to operate the farm.
- Self -Charging Airplanes
Working similarly to an electric car, hybrid planes would recharge themselves – while flying. These conceptual planes would use a combination of an electric motor and petrol engine. They would only use fuel during takeoff, and would operate on electricity and charge themselves while in flight. These planes would significantly reduce aircrafts’ fuel demands, and are already in development.
- Artificial Intelligence (Robots)
Robots will likely be a multifaceted aspect of our day-to-day lives. Developers are already hard at work making robots who will be in service as waitstaff, medicine as surgical mini bots, security and law enforcement as surveillance, and schools as teaching assistants. There are even more far-reaching developments being made in Artificial Intelligence which would allow for life extension via transferred consciousness (WHOA).
- Driverless Cars
Self-driving cars may be a common occurrence in the near future. In fact, Finland has already launched this initiative by placing driverless busses in Helsinki. If we had driverless vehicles in every city, it would drastically decrease the number of cars on the planet by relieving people of the obligation of owning a vehicle. This would decrease fossil fuel consumption and pollution output, and would free up the roads (thereby preventing countless accidents).
- Brain print as password
To fulfill our ever-increasing need for better security measures, passwords are currently being replaced by or supplemented with biometrics. Current biometrics include fingerprints, voice recognition and iris scanning. But even these methods don’t guarantee security – they can still be faked. Science is looking to up its security game by measuring your brain’s reaction to acronyms in order to effectively identify you and gain you access to your accounts.