10 PREDICTIONS OF INNOVATION
It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming.
As far back as one can look in history, humans have tried to predict everything from the weather and rise and fall of tides to, in more recent times, stock performance and who will reign as champion in a sporting event. From Nostradamus to Toffler to Kurzweil, academics, stronomers, economists, futurists, mathematicians, scientists, sociologists, sports enthusiasts and others have contributed to the science – and art – of predicting what is to come.
This paper is a compilation of 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025, based on research done by Thomson Reuters analysts using the company’s patent and scientific literature solutions.
What will be the major innovations impacting our world in 2025?
Understanding of the human genome and genetic mutations leads to improved detection of, and prevention methods for, the onset of neuro-degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
This work is vital to understanding human genetic variations and will enable scientists to begin to fix genetic malfunctions, such as those impacting dementia patients.
Scientific studies of dementia sufferers have been able to isolate specific chromosomes that cause different forms of the disease, including autosomal dominant frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), among others.
And, as the global population ages, preventing these diseases through understanding the genetics will become increasingly important.
SOLAR IS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF ENERGY ON THE PLANET
Methods for harvesting, storing and converting solar energy are so advanced and efficient that it becomes the primary source of energy on our planet.
Solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy (from new dye-sensitized and thin-film materials) will heat buildings, water, and provide energy for devices in the home and office, as well as in retail buildings and manufacturing facilities.
TYPE I DIABETES IS PREVENTABLE
A versatile human genome engineering platform is a reality, paving the way for the modification of disease-causing genes and helping to prevent certain metabolic conditions.
The human genome engineering platform will pave the way for the modification of disease-causing genes in humans, leading to the prevention of type I diabetes, among other ailments.
FOOD SHORTAGES AND FOOD PRICE FLUCTUATIONS ARE THINGS OF THE PAST
Advancements in lighting technologies and imaging techniques, coupled with genetic crop modification, provide an environment ripe for successful indoor crop growth and detecting diseased foods.
Imaging techniques such as three-dimensional displays coupled with hyperspectral imaging will also be able to provide early detection of mal-developing crops and diseased animal proteins before human consumption.
Because there is reduced risk of crop failure, price fluctuations and food shortages will become things of the past.
ELECTRIC AIR TRANSPORTATION TAKES OFF
Light-weight aerospace engineering coupled with new battery technologies power electric vehicle transportation - on land and in the air.
Getting from point A to point B will be significantly different in 2025 from how it happens today.
Cars and airplanes will still exist, but they will be smarter, battery-powered, able to travel longer distances and more light-weight.
As these new planes will be able to take off and land in much smaller spaces, getting a pilot’s license could become the new rite-of-passage to adulthood in the 21st Century.
From the smallest personal items to the largest continents, everything, everywhere will be digitally connected, and responsive to our wants and likes.
The digital world as we know it today will seem simple and rudimentary in 2025. If you think we’re electronically dependent now, you haven’t seen anything yet.
From cars and homes that respond to your every wish and want, to appliances that think for themselves, to interconnected geographies – from the most remote farmlands to bustling cities – we will all be digitally directed. Imagine the day when the entire continent ofAfricais completely, digitally connected. That day will happen in 2025.
PETROLEUM-BASED PACKAGING IS HISTORY; CELLULOSE-DERIVED PACKAGING RULES
Bio-nanocomposites based on nanocellulose make 100% fully biodegradeable packaging pervasive.
Whether for food, medicine, electronics, textiles or consumer products, all packaging will be made from cellulose-derived products.
Additionally, the new cellulosic packaging will play a part in pharmaceutical packaging that is ingested, such as in controlled–release medicines.
CANCER TREATMENTS HAVE VERY FEW TOXIC SIDE EFFECTS
Drug development is so much more precise, binding to specific proteins and using antibodies to give exact mechanisms of action, that the debilitating effects of toxic chemicals on patients is significantly reduced.
Just as Big Data is enabling companies to deliver personalized customer experiences, so too is life sciences moving from broad-brush drugs to very accurate and targeted treatments that result in significantly improved patient experiences.
The impact of these advancements will be that patients in 2025 will have much more targeted drug treatments that result in fewer toxic side effects.
DNA MAPPING AT BIRTH IS THE NORM TO MANAGE DISEASE RISK
The evolution of micro-total analysis systems (single-cell analysis) and advancements in nanotechnology, coupled with more widespread Big Data technologies, make DNA-mapping at birth the norm, as well as part of one’s annual physician exam.
Big Data will be embedded in society in the next decade, allowing medical researchers and physicians to use it to their advantage. In 2025, humans will have their DNA mapped at birth and checked annually to identify any changes that could point to the onset of autoimmune diseases.
TELEPORTATION IS TESTED
Kinematical techniques used to understand the Higgs Boson particles generated in the Large Hadron Collider advance such that quantum teleportation is more commonplace.
Although in 2025 we as humans won’t yet be able to teleport through space, a significant investment in and testing of quantum teleportation will be underway using other forms of matter.