16. Floating Cities
The Floating Ecopolis, also known as the Lilypad, is a proposed project designed by Vincent Callebaut for future climatic refugees as a long-term solution to rising water level. This city can accommodate 50,000 people and runs on renewable energy.
The floating structure has a capacity to shelter 50,000 individuals. It consists of three marinas and three mountains, which are meant for entertainment purposes, surrounding a centrally located artificial lagoon that performs the task of collecting and purifying water.
It runs on renewable energy sources (wind, sunlight, tidal forces, and other alternative energy sources), and even collects rainwater.(source)
17. 3D printing organs for transplant surgeries
Scientists are working on finding the right way to 3D print viable organs that can be used as donor organs during surgeries.
The organ 3D printing technology has already seen major developments. It uses cartridges filled with a suspension of living cells and a smart gel that provides structure. The living cell suspension and the gel are used alternatively to create a biological tissue. When the printing is done the gel is cooled and washed off leaving just the cells. The researchers are working on solving the complexities involved in creating an organ that can successfully mimic the actions of a normally grown organ within the human body. Once that impediment is overcome, we might not have to worry about waiting for donors.(source)
18. Bionic Insects
Scientists are developing bionic enhancements for insects that allow them to be controlled and navigated to places hard to reach to find victims of earthquakes and other disasters.
The cockroaches’ antennas are wired to small radio receivers strapped to their backs. The insects use antennas like a blind person would use walking stick feeling what’s in front of them before going ahead. So, the researchers control the movements of the insect by sending small pulses of electricity to the antennas, thus directing them.(source)
19. You might be able to record your dreams
Scientists have managed to reconstruct YouTube videos by scanning the visual centers of the brains of the person watching them. In the future the technology would be advanced enough to be able to record dreams.
The brains of three of the team members who are part of the project were scanned using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) while they were watching video clips on YouTube. They then interpreted the data using a mathematical model that acted as a “brain-movie dictionary”. The dictionary later reconstructs what the volunteers saw by scanning random clips and find the ones that match the burst of brain activity. Though the reconstructions are anything but clear, the scientists hope that in future it might be possible to do it better.(source)
20. Better chances of finding extraterrestrial life in space.
China is finishing the world’s largest radio telescope, “FAST”, with a reflector the size of 30 football fields and consisting of 4,450 panels, to observe the space for extraterrestrial life.
The technicians are assembling the gigantic telescope in Guizhou Province, China, beating the Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory whose diameter is 300 meters. The telescope has a whopping a diameter of 500 meters and a perimeter of 1.6 kilometer which takes 40 minutes to walk around it. According to the Chinese scientists, the telescope is expected to enhance the capacity to observe outer space.(source)
And we will leave you with this..
A Cambridge gerontologist believes that if technology continues to advance at its current rate, it is possible that the first person who will live to 1000 years old is alive today.
Gerontologist, Aubrey de Grey, is working on a therapy that would kill the cells that have lost the ability to divide, letting the ones that are healthy multiply and replenish. The therapies would be good enough, say, to help 60-year-old people stay the same for 30 more years until they are chronologically 90. The process is repeated again to buy 30 more years until they are chronologically 120 or 150, and so on.
According to Mr. de Grey, this technique has far better chances of being viable in six to eight years from now than the theories being explored by other gerontologists. So, buckle up. You might be able to fulfill your fantasy to be young forever in the future after all.(source)