6 Promising New Technologies for Creating a Thriving Future

-by Paul A Philips

The saying, ‘we are the imagination of ourselves’ is worth remembering when inventing new technologies for creating a thriving future. Further, for visionary, innovative, outside-of-the-box thinking, inventors in their imagination must realize that possibility is not something to be judged in terms of a capacity to comprehend it, as this could seriously limit what’s really possible.

New technologies for creating a thriving future must contribute to changing our current pitiful world situation with its lack of human rights, mass poverty, hunger, environmental degradation… etc. Indeed, these circumstances are completely unacceptable.

Currently, the dark cabal are the rate limiting factor in our technological and evolutionary progress. They have suppressed certain technologies that could have created a utopian society. They have kept these technologies to themselves, so that they can have the advantage over us in their global domination: They have not only suppressed a number of life-saving humanity transforming inventions, but have also introduced technologies harmful to life, polluting our land, water and air.

Putting our cynicism and resignation aside, working together with the idea that anything’s possible for us, we must expose the dark cabal. Somehow they have to be brought down for any real humanitarian progress to be made.         

Putting the above in context, here are, however, 6 promising new technologies for creating a thriving future.

1. Genetically engineered yeast for removing toxic heavy metal pollutants

Genetic engineering has quite justifiably been met with much objection, with its health-threatening toxic genes, harmful effects on life, ecosystems and the environment... However, here’s a promising new technology involving genetically engineered yeast made from beer and bread. The yeast can be used for cleaning up our environment by removing toxic heavy metal pollutants.

Basically, it works on the principle that the yeast cells are genetically modified to make the heavy metals bind to their surfaces (cell membranes). This eco-friendly yeast is still, however, limited to the laboratory scale. Scientists involved in the project are working on how to make the yeast soak up heavy metals in real world settings, such as in water treatment plants. The scientists also have to overcome the problem of how to dispose the yeast-heavy metal complex formations.

2. Hemp in hempcrete for building houses

Hemp is extremely versatile. Hemp has been used to make a lime-based material called hempcrete for building houses. As a building material hempcrete is fire-resistant, waterproof, strong, highly durable and more versatile then concrete... Hence, it can be used to build floors, walls, roofs, insulation and much more. –In other words, as a superior material when comparing it to conventional building materials, cheaper to use hempcrete could revolutionize the construction industry.

3. 3D printing

Indeed, 3D printing is not an uncommon technology, but its use has grown immensely over the years. As each year goes by we find out that 3D printing has been able to produce something that was previously considered unthinkable or impossible. Consider this when relating it to the idea that camera lenses the size of a grain of salt can be created using 3D printing. Then consider that 3D printing can accomplish the building of house-sized objects in about 24hrs…

4. Fire ants

The study of fire ants is fascinating. Whether it’s through the threat of water, chemicals, flash freezing or the appliance of forces from objects.., their colonies have the most amazing ability to survive...  –In dealing with these threats they have the ability to group together as one. Thus, they can behave, for examples, as a solid fabric, a viscous elastic gel, form large structures… as their bodies’ link up and cluster together accordingly.

David Hu from the bio-locomotion lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology is interested in fire ants because of their decentralized collective actions. He believes that through studying the behaviour of the fire ants, breakthroughs in modular robotics can be achieved. Have a look at this fascinating video showing the fire ants’ unique behaviour.

5. The great Pacific Ocean cleanup

A highly ambitious technology has been devised to deal with the ever increasing build-up of garbage and micro-plastics accumulating in the Pacific Ocean and other seas. The build-up seriously threatens aquatic life and ecosystems.

A non-profit organization Ocean Cleanup plans to remove the garbage and micro-plastics through laying down a prototype highly durable polyurethane screen more than a mile long. This permeable trailing screen filter net will collect garbage and micro-plastic debris as small as 1 centimetre, but the aquatic life will not be harmed or affected. The aquatic life will either pass by or go underneath it.

Using computer generated modelling, it has been predicted that after a pilot setup in late 2017 half the affectionately known “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” will be cleaned up by 50% in the year 2022 using this technology.

-For more on this go, here

6. Seawater desalination plants

Over the years desalination plants have come a long way in terms of development. A modern industrial desalination plant at a Mediterranean beach just outside Tel-Aviv, Israel, hums around the clock, producing clean fresh water from the sea. The efficiency of this setup enables it to supply substantial proportions (around 20%) of this clean fresh water to the entire nation.     

Costing $500 million, Israel Desalination Enterprises (IDE Technologies) built the plant for the Israeli government.  The desalination works through the application of a process called reverse osmosis (RO).

This plant shows significant advances in RO technology from the point of view of cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

It’s staggering to know that something like 700million people throughout the world don’t have sufficient access to clean fresh water. Consider the use of this technology for supplying clean fresh water to areas where there are inadequate supplies and ever increasing populations.

Besides IDE Technologies, RO technology is being developed by other companies in different parts of the world including Singapore, a number of countries in the Persian Gulf and Australia… Some areas have developed the technology out of pure desperation where there are severe water problems.

 

-That concludes just 6 of a number of promising technologies for creating a thriving future


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