10 Glimpses Into Our Future

1. IN-VITRO MEAT

Eating meat is disgusting and abhorrent, and I eat it nonetheless. But for those vegetarians who struggle with vegetarian nutrition, and avoid meat for mainly animal welfare reasons, would you eat meat if it were grown in a lab?

2. WHAT’S REAL, WHAT’S NOT?

Live augmented reality at the mall, from National Geographic. So we all know that augmented reality is coming. But how is it going to change our everyday lives? See this video at GOOD Design Daily.

3. IN THE FUTURE, WILL THERE EVEN BE PRINTERS?

Let’s ‘tan’ our paper instead. I’d love a world with no printers. My computer hardly ever goes wrong, but when it does, it’s probably to do with the printer.

4. MICHIO KAKU’S PREDICTIONS

of life in the year 2100. It all sounds better coming from someone with a Japanese name, amirite?

5. POP UP ORB CITIES

could house lots of people in a very short space of time, from io9. And from co.exist, here are 100 Urban Trends You Should Know About. (I know about none of them.)

6. TECH SAVVY TOILETS

Bacteria colors your poop to diagnose what ails you, from io9. Also, have you heard of transpoosions? Poo isn’t necessarily the useless disgusting gunk we think it is.

7. WILL EVERYTHING BE A TOUCH SCREEN MADE OF GLASS?

See this futuristic video from Mashable. Oh hang on, I seem to spend all day on an iOS device, and have been seen prodding plastic shiny things which aren’t actually touch screens.

8. HOLIDAY TO THE MOON, ANYONE?

Japanese company to construct a space elevator by 2050.

9. EDIBLE PACKAGING

In The Future, You Will Eat Your Food Packaging, And It Will Be Delicious, from FastCoExist. I’m not so sure about this one. I’m hoping for a back-to-real-food movement. But you never never know…

10. THE PALEOFUTURE

A Smithsonian Blog, in which former visions of the future are revisited. Isn’t it interesting how the creators of the Jetsons were totally unable to foresee a future in which women were men’s equal.

See also: What The World Will Look Like in 2030; 8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025; We’ll use bacteria to clean.

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