1) DEMENTIA DECLINES : Understanding of the human genome and genetic mutations leads to improved detection of, and prevention methods for, the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
2) SOLAR IS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF ENERGY ON THE PLANET : Methods for harvesting, storing and converting solar energy are so advanced and efficient that it becomes the primary source of energy on our planet.
3) TYPE I DIABETES IS PREVENTABLE : A versatile human genome engineering platform is a reality, paving the way for the modification of
disease-causing genes and helping to prevent certain metabolic conditions.
4) FOOD SHORTAGES AND FOOD PRICE FLUCTUATIONS ARE THINGS OF THE PAST : Advancements in lighting technologies and imaging techniques, coupled with genetic crop modification, provide an environment ripe for successful indoor crop growth and detecting diseased foods.
5) ELECTRIC AIR TRANSPORTATION TAKES OFF : Light-weight aerospace engineering coupled with new battery technologies power electric vehicle transportation – on land and in the air.
6) DIGITAL EVERYTHING…EVERYWHERE : From the smallest personal items to the largest continents, everything, everywhere will be digitally connected, and responsive to our wants and likes.
7) PETROLEUM-BASED PACKAGING IS HISTORY; CELLULOSE-DERIVED PACKAGING RULES : Bio-nanocomposites based on nanocellulose make 100% fully biodegradeable packaging pervasive. Petroleum-based packaging products will be no more.
8) CANCER TREATMENTS HAVE VERY FEW TOXIC SIDE EFFECTS : Drug development is so much more precise, binding to specific proteins and using antibodies to give exact mechanisms of action, that the debilitating effects of toxic chemicals on patients is significantly reduced.
9) DNA MAPPING AT BIRTH IS THE NORM TO MANAGE DISEASE RISK : The evolution of micro-total analysis systems (singlecell
analysis) and advancements in nanotechnology, coupled with more widespread Big Data technologies, make DNA-mapping at birth the norm, as well as part of one’s annual physician exam.
10) TELEPORTATION IS TESTED : Kinematical techniques used to understand the Higgs Boson particles generated in the Large Hadron Collider advance such that quantum teleportation is more commonplace.
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BYU mechanical engineering professors Julie Crockett and Dan Maynes study superhydrophobic surfaces, or surfaces that are extremely
difficult to get wet. In layman’s terms, it’s the most extreme form of water proof. In their lab they’re analyzing how water beads up or
bounces off the superhydrophobic surfaces they are creating by etching microscopic ridges or posts onto CD-sized wafers.
Engineers like Crockett and Maynes have spent decades studying superhydrophobic surfaces because of the plethora of real-life
applications. And while some of this research has resulted in commercial products that keep shoes dry or prevent oil from building up on bolts,
the duo of BYU professors are uncovering characteristics aimed at large-scale solutions for society.
Their recent study on the subject, published in academic journal Physics of Fluids, finds surfaces with a pattern of microscopic ridges or posts,
combined with a hydrophobic coating, produces an even higher level of water resistance–depending on how the water hits the surface.
Facebook looks to drones, lasers and satellites for Internet access
(CNN) — Two thirds of the world population does not have Internet access. Facebook already has more than a billion users on its service, but before it can sign up the rest of world it needs to get them online.
The social media company announced a new step in its ambitious plan to bring affordable, basic Internet access to “every person in the world.” Facebook’s new Connectivity Lab will research and test experimental technology including drones, satellites and lasers to spread the reach of the Internet to isolated locations that currently do not have Internet.
“We’ve been working on ways to beam Internet to people from the sky,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post announcing the new effort.
Last year, Facebook announced Internet.org, a coalition of major tech companies working together to lower barriers to Internet access using more traditional methods, such as making it cheaper to get Internet on cell phones. Those efforts have been responsible for getting 3 million more people online, according to Zuckerberg.
This new initiative focuses on experimenting with new technology. The group is working with drones that can stay in the air for months at a time, bringing Internet connections to suburban areas. In more rural spots, satellites will be tested as a way to beam connections to the people on the ground. The group will attempt to make speedier long distance connections using invisible infrared laser beams.
The developers who keep redesigning your Facebook news feed will not be dabbling in satellites and drones. Facebook has brought on aerospace experts from NASA and the team who built the Zephyr solar-powered drone.
Internet access is a cause major technology companies can easily get behind. It’s a smart business investment that doubles as a charitable cause.
Google announced plans to tackle the issue last summer with its own ambitious Project Loon. Instead of drones, the company is testing giant balloons that travel in the earth’s stratosphere for 100 days at a time. Using specialized antennas, the balloons will deliver Internet at 3G speeds.
Both companies frame their plans to bring the Internet to the entire world as altruistic, not as a land grab. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates dismissed some of these efforts in an interview with Bloomberg in 2013, saying “when a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that.”
In many of the world’s most remote areas, poverty is a more pressing concern than Internet connectivity. People cannot afford electricity or clean water, let alone phones. However, humanitarian organizations have been pushing for more access in these remote areas to improve the efficiency of aid work. For example, it would make it easier to set up remote health care stations in situations where the nearest doctors or hospitals are hours or days away.
In countries where the Internet is already more widespread, unfettered access allows for freedom of speech and expression. So much so that the United Nations declared access to the Internet a basic human right in 2011. Governments can still censor or filter access to control what information is disseminated, as the Turkish government is doing with its recent attempts to block Twitter and YouTube.
For now, the Connectivity Lab is focusing on the technical challenges of delivering the Internet to geographically tricky spots. Eventually, low cost Internet and cell phone use could spread to the populations in these areas and when it does, maybe they’ll sign up for Facebook.
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” —Bertrand Russell
By Jordyn Taylor at betabeat Observer.com
WHO WILL WIN?
In a few weeks, man will face off in an epic battle against machine — in a game of ping pong.
At the beginning of March, robot manufacturing company KUKA Robotics will open its first plant in Shanghai, China. To celebrate, KUKA has recruited ping pong pro Timo Boll to challenge the company’s fastest robot to a table tennis battle royale, which will ultimately determine whether humans or robots will win the race for world domination. Just kidding. It’ll probably just show that KUKA’s “Agilus” is a really freaking fast-moving and powerful robot.
The showdown will take place during KUKA’s Shanghai Grand Opening festivities on March 11.
“There will be an introduction to the highly skilled KUKA Team, an overview of KUKA products produced in the new plant, and the opportunity to meet table tennis legend Timo Boll,” the event’s official site says. “The capstone will be the thrilling duel between Mr. Boll and KUKA’s lightning-fast Agilus robot. Who will win? Stay tuned to find out!”
To further highlight the significance of the event, the company put together this extremely intense YouTube video, which looks kind of like a trailer for some dystopian version of Balls of Fury wherein Christopher Walken’s character has been transformed into a crazy robot.