6 New Technologies You Need To Know About In 2017
Here’s a list of six of the most futuristic technologies in development that you may not have heard of.
“You are what you eat” – everybody’s heard the saying, but the field of nutrigenomics (or nutritional genomics) is taking that phrase quite literally. In a nutshell, nutrigenomics studies the way our DNA is affected by our diet. Scientists are trying to figuring out if the food we eat can support, enhance, or even change our genetic makeup. The ultimate goal of this venture is the ability to develop an ideal diet for each individual based on their DNA. In theory, they should even be able to prescribe particular foods to alter our genes.
- Redox Signaling Technology
Redox signaling molecules carry messages in our cells that explain how to protect, rejuvenate, and restore cells. As our bodies age and exposure to toxins and stress accumulates, the body’s natural ability to produce a sufficient amount of redox signaling molecules deteriorates. Essentially, these molecules help to repair and restore your body’s aging cells. Knowledge of these molecules has been around for over a century, but it’s only in recent years that they’ve gained traction. ASEA is a company that has managed to develop a consumable form of redox signaling molecules, allowing people to supplement their body’s production.
- Synthetic Biology
This is basically the study of manufacturing biological lifeforms using technological means. As of yet, scientists have only been able to create a synthetic cell, but the science is advancing exponentially every year. The possibilities are exciting – with the ability to design and manufacture totally new organisms, scientists may be able to develop personalized medicine for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases.
- Self-Driving Trucks
These could be a reality within the next 5 to 10 years, according to MIT’s Technology Review. Multiple companies are already testing self-driving trucks, and though there are numerous ongoing technical problems, advocates of the trucks claim that they’ll be safer and cheaper than driver-operated trucks.
- Facial Recognition
Companies in China now use face-detection technology to authorize payments, grant access to locked facilities, and locate criminals. In recent years, computers have improved markedly at recognizing faces, and it is only now that the technology is considered accurate enough to be used in secure financial transactions.
- Hot Solar Cells
The first solar technology consisted of inefficient slabs of silicon that could only absorb a tiny percentage of the energy in sunlight. But now scientists have discovered a new way to capture the sun’s energy, and in essence, the trick is to first turn the sunlight into heat before converting back into light. This MIT thermophotovoltaic device is the first one of its kind that is able to absorb more energy than a photovoltaic cell. This could mean substantial improvements for solar energy’s efficiency.