Future Health Insurance: Preparing for Dr. Big Brother. According to OECD predictions, exceeding budgets on health spending remains an issue for OECD countries.
Maintaining today’s healthcare systems and funding future medical advances will be difficult without major reforms. Public expenditure on health and long-term care in OECD countries is set to increase from around 6% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) today to almost 9% of GDP in 2030 and to 14% by 2060. This will be the harsh reality unless governments and private companies change the structure of how healthcare is funded. In countries with private health insurance, certain treatments such as cancer care are so expensive that only the privileged with good insurance plans can afford them. In countries with socialized medicine, where everyone has access to basic care, new innovations are hard to roll out nation-wide as the system as a whole cannot afford it. A key factor is that people are not motivated to stay healthy.
Health insurance is one of the most risky businesses nowadays. Edible CRISPR Could Replace Antibiotics. As resistance to antibiotics grows in the U.S., researchers are looking for new ways to fight germs like Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause fatal infections in hospitals and nursing homes.
Bioprinters Making It Easier to Fabricate 3D Flesh & Bone. The ideal 3D bioprinter, says tissue engineering expert Y.
Shrike Zhang, would resemble a breadmaker: “You’d have a few buttons on top, and you’d press a button to choose heart tissue or liver tissue.” Then Zhang would walk away from the machine while it laid down complex layers of cells and other materials.
Energy. Construction. Food. Cycling Around the UK in VR using Google Street View. Gene Editing Can Change An Entire Species Forever. In Brief CRISPR has opened up limitless avenues for genetic modification.
From disease prevention to invasive species control, Jennifer Kahn discusses the discover, application, and implications of gene drives. Every Town Needs a Remakery. The Edinburgh Remakery is a social enterprise that teaches repair.
Economically Viable Large Scale Space Colonisation Gets Closer. Al Globus and Joe Strout have an analysis that space settlements in low (~500 km) Earth equatorial orbits may not require any radiation shielding at all.
This is based on a careful analysis of requirements and extensive simulation of radiation effects. This radically reduces system mass and has profound implications for space settlement, as extraterrestrial mining and manufacturing are no longer on the critical path to the first settlements, although they will be essential in later stages. It also means the first settlements can evolve from space stations, hotels, and retirement communities in relatively small steps. What Could CRISPR Do Tomorrow? Crispr Makes It Clear: The US Needs a Biology Strategy, & Fast.
Biology has emerged as one of the most important technology platforms of the 21st century.
With the arrival of the gene-editing technology Crispr, biology will soon converge with everyday medicine, big agriculture, and artificial intelligence to influence the future of all life on our planet. Crispr, which allows scientists to edit precise positions on DNA using a bacterial enzyme, is already transforming cancer treatment, preventing the spread of disease, and solving global famine. Its trajectory necessarily involves government agencies and commissions, our elected officials, and the courts—and none of them are prepared for what’s coming. 3-D Printing the Way to Bionic Humans. A pressure sensor printed directly on a hand is a step toward new biomedical devices, "on the fly" wearable technology, and more.
(Inside Science) -- Wearable technology may soon be at your fingertips -- literally. How to Travel in your Mind. The Maker Movement Can Help Catalyze a Manufacturing Renaissance. Amid the hoopla of celebrating a deal to save 800 jobs at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indiana last month, President-elect Donald Trump promised to usher in a “new industrial revolution“—one that sounded as much like a social awakening as a manufacturing one.
How will the nation achieve that renaissance, though? If past is prologue, the Trump administration will lean on high-profile tweets and one-off job-retention deals combined with moves to renegotiate some trade deals to give U.S. workers a leg up. And maybe those gestures will help. However, there is another way to think about touching off an industrial revival in America that brings back economic growth, opportunity, and decent jobs for blue-collar workers. That approach would embrace the Maker Movement as a deeply American source of decentralized creativity for rebuilding America’s thinning manufacturing ecosystems. To help with that, here are five ideas for getting started:
Robots Could Soon Have More Sensitive Skin Than You Do. The coupling of solar panel technology with artificial skin is a huge breakthrough, but Dahiya and his team aren't stopping there.
How Crispr Could Snip Away Some of Humanity’s Worst Diseases. HIV has no cure. But it’s not quite the implacable scourge it was throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Education, prophylactics, and drugs like PrEP have cut down its transmission. "If you can’t beat a machine, become one." (Istvan) iStock A battle for the "soul" of the global economy is underway. The next few decades will likely decide whether capitalism survives or is replaced with a techno-fuelled quasi-socialism where robots do most of the jobs while humans live off government support, likely a designated guaranteed or basic income. Many experts believe wide-scale automation is inevitable. Will humans go the way of horse labor? The debate over what technology does to work, jobs and wages is as old as the industrial era itself. In the second decade of the 19th century, a group of English textile workers called the Luddites protested the introduction of spinning frames and power looms, machines of the nascent Industrial Revolution that threatened to leave them without jobs.
Since then, Each new burst of technological progress has brought with it another wave of concern about a possible mass displacement of labor. On one side of the debate are those who believe that new technologies are likely to replace workers. 3D Printing of Metal Objects in Mid-Air. Overcoming Limitations By Innovation From human bones to jet engine parts, products made through 3D printing technology have been increasingly transforming our world. Recycling through 3D Printing. Is Future Manufacturing Open Source? What Does Gene Editing Mean for the Future? There is a fine line between genetic engineering and eugenics. While eugenics purports to improve the genetic quality of the human population, genetic engineering is the modification of a genetic composition by artificial means, sometimes to treat inherited diseases or conditions.
This close relationship has brought the ethics of gene editing to the forefront. 3D Printing Startup Raises $23m to Disrupt Automaking. Divergent 3D, a Los Angeles-based startup that hopes to disrupt automotive manufacturing, has raised $23 million in a Series A funding round led by technology venture capital fund Horizons Ventures. The company will use the funding to help it commercialize its manufacturing platform, which uses 3D printing to produce the chassis of an automobile.
The platform produces 3D printed joints, which it calls a Node, that can be connected with carbon fiber structural materials to build a strong and light chassis. The platform is designed to reduce the cost, time-to-market, and environmental impact of building cars, trucks, and SUVs. The Future of Tea Looks Bleak, Thanks to Climate Change. An Era of Super Crops: How CRISPR Could Help Fight Famine.
Rocket Fuel From H₂O May Drive a Power Revolution on Earth. "I Don’t Believe Robots Will Eat All the Jobs" Creating Building Blocks to Tackle Plastic Waste. World's Largest 3D Printer Creates Zero-Cost Homes From Mud. Recycling Plastic Into New Products with DIY Machines. How Rayton Solar Will Change How Solar Panels Are Made. 3 U.S. Mini-Farms Are Sowing the Seeds of Global Food Security. How To Make the Most of The New Synthetic Biology Era?
Local Food is Great, But Can It Go Too Far? Soil-Less Farming: The Future of Agriculture. Tangible Media Group. Nanowires Offer Real-Time Monitoring & Control of Heart Tissue. Smart Dust Is Coming: New Camera The Size of a Grain of Salt. Environmental Enhancement Through Closed Loop Farming. Organs May Someday Be Printed Inside People. Bio-Printing Human Body Parts Will Redefine Medicine. Blockchains Could Help Restore Trust in Food. The $25,000 Open Source, Modular, Eco-Home. Solar-Complementary Solutions Coming For High Latitude Countries. UC Researcher Aims To 3D-Print Synthetic Wood. London Artist Taught Robots How to Paint. Even Bankrupt Shale Drillers Keep Pumping Oil. Climate Stressing NZ Agricultural Output. World’s Largest Desalination Plant Up & Running. How Do You Know Your Lab-Grown Burger Is Safe To Eat? FarmBot Seeds, Waters, & Fertilises Gardens With Life-Giving Precision.
Food Computer Creator Inspires Us to Be Future Farmers. Will Robots Change The Face Of Agriculture & Food Production? Plasma Wings Could Change Aeroplane Design & Flight. A Solar-Powered Sculpture Could Deliver Fresh Water to Millions. Can Organic Farming Alone Feed 10bn? UK Copyright Extension Challenges 3D Printing. Status Quo + Robots Will Create A 'Permanent Underclass' (Pew)
The Future Of Quantum Computing, AI & More. Putting A Computer In Your Brain Is No Longer Science Fiction. Millions Spent & No Vitamin A Deficiency Relieved. AIIB Aims to Build a Green Future. Bauwens: 4 Collaborative Economy Scenarios.