10 Profound Innovations Ahead

We are living in very "wiggy" times.  Science fiction doesn't seem like fiction anymore.  We have robots that are increasing in complexity and sophistication; we are in constant real-time contact with virtually everyone in the world; and our bodies are becoming laboratories for longevity.

LiveScience.com has identified the following 10 Innovations already in the development "pipeline". They will undoubtedly have profound implications for what it means to be human.

1. Mind Reading Devices

Brain scans have allowed neuroscientists to predict what people will do
during specific task experiments, and even to observe when a person
will make a mistake up to half a minute beforehand.

2. Space Planes

Space planes that could take off and land like regular aircraft have begun undergoing serious development in the U.K. and United States

3. A Perfect Artificial Limb

Microprocessors can act as tiny brains to anticipate how a user will walk or move an arm.

4. Augmenting the physical world with digital information

Wearable devices will work together with embedded "smart" systems and tags to create an augmented reality, interfacing the physical world with digital information

5. Regenerating the Body

Patients can expect a growing array of therapies to repair or entirely replace organs in the human body.

6. Feeding the World

Scientists have moved to protect the important crops that feed most of the world

7. Eliminating Waste

New technologies look to turn all our trash into reusable materials.

8. Global Climate Control

Geoengineering has almost become reality, which raises the question of whether scientists and policymakers want to risk the side effects of such schemes

9. Tapping into fusion's unbeatable energy efficiency

Scientists want to recreate the power of the sun on Earth and finally tap into fusion's unbeatable energy efficiency

10. Reverse-engineering the brain

There are plans to create a functioning, artificial human brain within the next decade

Migrating through these particular quandaries will require that we imagine, collaborate, communicate, and adapt.

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