We’ve Been Dreaming of These 10 Inventions, and They’re Almost Here

We’ve Been Dreaming of These 10 Inventions, and They’re Almost Here

Innovation is moving so quickly that technologies bordering on science fiction may be within our reach shortly. Creative minds are able to think beyond size and cost limitations to build some truly stunning prototypes quickly and efficiently. Even projects that start out as mere concepts can become reality when the right minds and technology are blended. Take a look at these 10 future inventions that might be on the horizon, thanks to modern breakthroughs in science and technology.

1. Thought-Controlled Computers


    What if you didn’t have to lift a finger to interact with your computer? We would be able to save so much time and energy typing out documents and building user interfaces that cooperate with mouse and keyboard inputs. How will future website look when you can control your computer with your mind?

    Just search for “brain-to-computer” interface, and you’ll discover many devices that already use inputs from our brains to perform tasks. For example, the New York Times describes how gaming companies, such as Emotive and Neurosky, are pioneering the brain-to-computer field by creating wearable brain-wave monitors that allow you to control virtual games. So far, the games are extremely simple. However, this technology could pave the way for entire computer systems controlled by our thoughts.

    2. Bionic Contact Lenses



      TVs and computer monitors cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. They aren’t always portable, and we have to replace them every few years as they wear out. But what if you could replace these machines with bionic contact lenses that project images directly onto your eyeball? This could give you an extremely private and personalized view of electronic content.

      Google Glass is probably the most accessible consumer product that gives us an inkling of what it could be like to have a wearable digital display. However, it’s possible that Glass is just the beginning. Researchers at the University of Washington are currently working on “microlenses” that project images directly onto the cornea of the wearer. So far, the bionic lens project has passed through animal trials, but has not been made available for human testing.

      3. Automated Cars


        Think of all the hours you spend sitting in traffic. For drivers, the wait might not be so unbearable if you could take your eyes off the road and do something else during that commute. Perhaps you will be able to, soon. Google is working on a line of automated cars that might hit our future roads. The Google Self-Driving Car has already received road testing approval in four states: Nevada, Florida, California, and Michigan.

        4. Consumer Space Travel



          Are you looking for your next relaxing getaway? Or perhaps you’re a thrillseeker, looking for some adventure. Soon, you might be able to escape Earth’s orbit and get a closer look at the stars. Programs like Virgin Galactic seek to bring everyday people out into space. Despite the recent space-plane crash tragedy, Virgin Galactic plans to continue to move forward with flight testing and development.

          5. Android Bodies


            Soon we’ll be able to escape the mortality of skin, blood, and bones by escaping our corporeal bodies for cybernetic parts. Current innovations in prosthetic and robotic limbs are quickly transforming our concept of humanity. Just take a look at the LifeHand2, a prosthetic arm and hand that not only gives wearers greater motor control, but it also delivers sensory input directly into their brains, allowing users to actually feel shapes and movements.

            6. Water-Makers


              Potable water is a commodity that many of us take for granted. While the Western world is inundated with taps that give us quick access to drinking water, there are many people around the globe who fear water scarcity. But what if you had a device that could somehow produce drinking water? Well, something like this already exists. Skywater has created a machine that pulls moisture from the air and turns it into drinking water. This company suggests that these machines can be used to provide emergency relief or in remote locations where water can’t be easily accessed.


              7. Cancer Cures


                Many believe that a cancer diagnosis would be one of the most terrifying things to hear at a doctor’s office. However, medical researchers have made leaps and bounds in early detection, treatments, symptom management, and risk mitigation. These factors have been turning the tides in fatality numbers and helping even more people survive a fight against cancer. These steps are helping us get even closer to a true cure for cancer. Organizations like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center continue to move forward with treatment development and testing.

                8. Age Reversal


                  Being able to undo the damage of the years, restore your vitality, and remove wrinkles sounds like a sci-fi fantasy. However, it might soon be reality. Google is funding an anti-aging research company known as “Calico,” which is attempting to solve some of humankind’s biggest obstacles when it comes to aging: neurodegenerative disorders. This organization has partnered up with a pharmaceutical company to develop drug treatments that could prevent the loss of our cognitive abilities in old age.

                  9. Artificial-Reality Escapes



                    Sure, many of us are used to escaping mundane life by playing video games or watching TV. But as graphics and haptic technologies become more sophisticated, we have the potential to create even better virtual worlds. Luckily, Kickstarter seems to attract a significant amount of artificial-reality projects. Two noteworthy developments include the Oculus Rift 3D gaming headset and the Omni movement controller. Oculus Rift’s expansive field of view allows you to become immersed in the graphics of a game, blocking out all visual distractions. And the Omni platform controller enables you to run, jump, crouch, and walk through virtual environments unimpeded. You might even get to burn some calories while exploring your favorite first-person shooter.

                    10. Post-Scarcity Food Supply


                      As human lifespans get longer and the world’s population grows, many of us wonder how we’ll be able to sustain the human race with enough food. There are already global populations who suffer from starvation, while other societies waste food products. What if we could find sustainable ways to create an abundance of food? While it’s not a magical meal in a pill, projects like the Soylent food substitute indicate that we might be able to distill all the nutrients we need into a single drink.

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                      How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

                      How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

                      Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

                      If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.


                      A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

                      So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.


                      For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

                      Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.


                      To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

                      1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
                      2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
                      3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
                      4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
                      5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

                      If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.


                      Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

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