10 new technologies that prove that we are already living in the Future.
Everything from the way we eat to the way we connect with each other has been challenged due to some technological advancements. In this article we will talk about ten new technologies that inventors and entrepreneurs have been working on to achieve what seemed almost impossible in the past. We could have never imagined in our wildest dreams that some of them will be real. There have been a rise of revolutionary technologies in the last 20 years that even science fiction could have never predicted.
1 – Beyond meat
Beyond meat is a food company that develops and manufactures a variety of plant protein-based food products. The vegan meat substitutes are made from mixtures of pea protein, rice protein, coconut oil, and other ingredients like potato starch, apple extract with a range of vitamins and minerals. The ingredients are mixed and fed into a food extrusion machine that cooks the mixture while forcing it through a specially designed mechanism that uses steam, pressure, and cold water to form the product’s chicken-like texture.
2 – Impossible foods
Impossible Foods started in 2011. In July 2016, the company launched its first meat analogue product, the Impossible Burger, which is made from material derived from plants. The company says that making it uses 95% less land and 74% less water, and it emits about 87% less greenhouse gas than making a ground beef burger patty from cows. The plant-based burger has more protein, less total fat, no cholesterol, and fewer calories than a similar-sized hamburger patty made with beef. It contains more sodium and more saturated fats than an unseasoned beef patty.
CEO Pat Brown said they are working on “whole cuts of beef”, including steak. “If we can make an awesomely delicious world-class steak … that will be very disruptive not just to the beef industry, but to other sectors of the meat industry.
3 – Starlink Satellites
Starlink is a satellite constellation development project underway by American company SpaceX, to develop and implement low-cost, high-performance new space-based Internet communication system. Its big goal is to connect the globe with reliable and affordable high speed broadband services.
On May 24th, SpaceX’s Falcon9 lunched 60 Starlink satellites to orbit, while they are targeting to put 720 satellites in orbit for continuous coverage of most populated areas on Earth.
SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s.
4 – News Reporter Robot
Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version of a regular Xinhua news anchor named Qiu Hao. The anchor, wearing a red tie and pin-striped suit, nods his head in emphasis, blinking and raising his eyebrows slightly.
China’s Xinhua state news agency has introduced the newest members of its newsroom: AI anchors who will report ‘tirelessly’ all day, every day, from anywhere in the country.
“Not only can I accompany you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news,” he says.
5 – Gene-edited human babies
One October night last year, two sisters entered the world prematurely by emergency caesarean section. The twins had a secret almost no one at the hospital knew about. One man who did know was there, researcher, Dr. He Jiankui, who had flown into town to see them.
The twins were his creations, the world’s first known gene-edited human babies. He had worked toward this for two years, altering their genes as embryos to try making them resistant to their father’s HIV infection. Dr. He gave them pseudonyms, Lulu and Nana.
“I’m 70% happy and 30% uncertainty,” he said in an English voice message to a colleague that night. When the news broke, peers in China and abroad condemned him for manipulating life’s building blocks using a relatively untested gene-editing tool.
Gene-editing trials involving terminally-ill adult humans are ongoing. But tinkering with embryos is more controversial because changes in them will pass to future generations, meaning a tiny blip could have far-reaching consequences.