We live in an era that far surpasses anything seen so far in human history. Technological changes have enormous impacts on our lives, from the simple to the sublime. Whether we are looking at new techniques in hydrodynamic analysis that allows us to explore the oceans deeper and more completely or peering into our genetic makeup and finding new ways to tinker with it, our lives are being changed.
While it can be tough to keep up with the dizzying speed at which technology is changing the world we live in, there are a few areas that are worth taking a closer look at to anticipate how these will change our lives forever. Here are three we think are worth taking the time to look at just how fast we are moving in the new disruptive technologies around us.
Immunology and the New Engineering
While we all know that great strides have been made with genetic engineering, nowhere is this more evident than in cancer research. Recent experiments with DNA tinkering have allowed a few companies to finally realise their dream of rewriting the code to our cells in our body. The result is white blood cells that have been engineered to fight cancer cells. While still in the experimental stage, it has been used in a case where a little girl found herself at the end of her rope.
She had tried everything we had to offer and still her leukemia came back again and again. Using the experimental white blood T cells that had been designed with new DNA that could recognize and hunt down the type of cells that trigger runaway cell reproduction in cancer patients, she was victorious. We now know that this one success has led to a new way to fight cancer. It is just the start of a brave new world of technologies that may one day make cancer not only beatable but a dim memory for future children.
The New Farmer
As the world’s population continues to grow, the need to find new ways to feed it are always being explored. One winner is the latest technology that allows us to grow food anywhere, including in warehouses and on rooftops. This latest innovation will make it possible to grow food locally, in unused warehouses or other indoor spaces. One of the biggest advantages for this type of farming is that to do it we will no longer need to use pesticides or fertilizers, the biggest contributors to water pollution on the planet.
From producing local lettuce in Japan for half the cost of field raised lettuce to the Netherlands recent innovation in growing indoors that cuts growing time and increases nutrient value, local farmers are coming to the city. Cutting shipping costs, increasing food production and eliminating costly and dangerous chemicals from the process make this type of urban farming a winner for everyone.
Surrounded by Innovation
As you can see from just these two examples, everywhere you look there are new ways to look at what we have always done and improve on it with today’s technology. Whether we are saving lives with new cancer treatments or feeding millions with urban farms that grow indoors, technology is what makes it all happen. A brave new world indeed, and perhaps one that is an improvement on today’s world.