With the huge advancements made in science and technology over the years, the world is fast changing and making a huge impact on our lives. There are plenty of ongoing
In this article, we look at some of the top growing industries of the future and learn some fascinating facts about them:
10. In Vitro Meat (Agriculture)
In Vitro Meat is also known as cultured meat and is actually an animal flesh product that has never been a part of a living animal. The current system of acquiring meat is not the best as it plenty of resources are being wasted on feeding, slaughtering and transporting the animals. Besides, the large quantities of methane gas produced by these animals have also contributed to climate change and environment-related issues.
On the other hand, In Vitro Meat can be grown in the lab which is a product of tissue engineering from the field of biotechnology. Over 30 laboratories around the world announced that they have been involved in doing research work on In Vitro Meat in 2012. However, the high costs of production involved could be some of the hindrances in bringing out this product. There are companies such as Modern Meadow and New Harvest that are working on making this product a reality.
9. Powered Exoskeletons (Robotics)
This is a revolutionary product that can be of great assistance to people with spinal cord injuries and allows paraplegics to stand and walk with increased mobility to lead a healthier lifestyle. They can be the best alternative to a wheelchair for disabled people and at present there a few products such as ReWalk, Tek RMD.
One of the proposed applications of larger and more powered Exoskeletons is to allow them to lift large amounts of rubble and save survivors from collapsed buildings or rockslides. The US military is working on funding different exoskeleton projects that will enable soldiers to lift heavy objects between 80-300 kgs while running or even climbing stairs. There is also a lot of research being carried by the German Research Center on using exoskeletons as wearable robots.
8. Brain Controlled Computers (Healthcare)
Brain-controlled interface technologies enable the software to read and interpret signals directly from the human brain. Computers and devices that can be controlled by the brain can be very useful for people, without arms or legs to enable them to control their exoskeleton, prosthetic or any other device. Scientists are also working on the possibility of reading and harnessing the brain waves that can operate computers, TV’s and even cell phones. The brain waves can be harnessed by implanting sensors in human brains.
7. Hyperloops ( Transporation)
Hyperloops are high-speed transportation systems and will enable people to travel from one place to another faster than ever before. Imagine traveling by plane which can take anywhere from 14-18 hours depending on the location, but all that can change with the introduction of this unique and revolutionary transport system.
Yet another new concept which the researchers are interested is the Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT), which is actually an airless and frictionless system. This system could put people in the tube and shoot them off to their required destination.
6. Genome Editing (Bio Technology)
The idea behind genome editing is to replace the defective genes that are responsible for causing many of genetic diseases among humans. Many biotech companies have been involved in the research of this latest technique that can replace specific genes and replace them with the good ones. Yet another method is to remove the cells from the body and treat them using modified virus and re-insert them back into the patient’s body.
These DNA altering techniques could be a scientific breakthrough and can give a further boost to fertility treatments.
5. Solar Power ( Energy)
Companies investing in alternative sources of energy have become more popular and one such area of future growth is solar energy industry, which has a huge potential. Solar panels have existed since some time, but they are not completely efficient and there is more scope for further improvement. Experts are of the view that solar energy has the capacity to compete with fossil fuels in the future. Even technologies such as nanoparticles, spray on solar cells, transparent solar panels may have many future applications.
4. 3D Printing (Industrial Manufacturing)
3D Printing also known as additive manufacturing is manufacturing without the use of tools, assembly lines or supply chains. Although 3D printing has existed for decades, the latest idea is to focus on how it can be applied to the area of manufacturing to revolutionize the whole process. The use of new materials and techniques and linking them all to the Internet can open up new possibilities for creating innovative products in the future. Most of the new 3D printing processes have also made the possibility of prototype testing much faster for designers and engineers to create and test prototypes.
3. Drones (Aviation)
Aerial flying vehicles or drones which are unmanned have many applications for surveillance, entertainment, agriculture, delivery for emergency aid etc. These drones have human pilots that operate from the ground and control the vehicles. The next step using this technology is developing machines that are capable of flying themselves which can increase their future applications. There are many challenges involved as the drones must be able to sense and respond to the local environments and adjust the height and flying trajectories to avoid colliding with the objects.
2. Next Generation Robotics (Robotics)
Robots have been used to manage the assembly lines in factories and other controlled tasks, especially in the automotive industry. There has been advancement made in this technology to make robots more flexible and adaptable to better respond to the human environment. The new age robots can manage a variety of tasks such as precision engineering in agriculture that can be used for weed control and harvesting activities. These domestic robots may be even capable of even doing household chores in the future.
1. Fuel-Cell vehicles (Automotive)
These zero-emission cars that run on hydrogen may be the vehicle of the future and may even be launched by automotive companies. Unlike batteries that need to be charged using an external source, these fuel cells are capable of generating electricity directly using hydrogen. These vehicles will have long cruising capabilities up to 650 kilometers per tank and they can prevent air pollution to a great extent by using low carbon sources.