DNA Dreams, designer babies of the future

DNA Sequencers at BGI

In her film DNA Dreams, documentary maker Bregtje van der Haak gave us a magnificent view into the world of young scientists eager to unravel the mysteries of our genome. She presented the dreams of genome researchers and their vision of the future. It all happens in China and on … Continue reading

Living and sharing in the gig economy

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The permanent job contract is losing out. Over the last ten years there was a steady drop of people with a permanent job contract across the population and this trend will probably continue in the coming decade. A “job for life” seems even more “so last century”. People are much … Continue reading

The future of home diagnostics and remote medicine

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With an aging population in our near future and big pressure on health care budgets, there is a great need for clever ways to diagnose and monitor our medical health. Luckily, all sorts of new technology helps use out better and better. And because we are already used to do-it-yourself … Continue reading

Wearable computers, augmented reality at our doorsteps

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If you ask me, “what has really changed our everyday lives in the past ten years?”, then I would say broadband internet and all the devices that built on its potential. We can now share videos, photos and music. We have social media and connectivity everywhere, through smart phones and … Continue reading

The nano-supermarket is coming towards you this autumn!

Nanotechnology, a range of technologies with unprecedented opportunities. Nano could be the road to many awesome products and super solutions for today’s problems. But yet, there are many things unknown about these technologies. As many nanomaterials are discovered quite recently, their characteristics are not yet fully understood. Let alone, that … Continue reading

Toilets of the future

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As listed in the milennium goals, basic sanitation is a big challenge for developing countries. With an expected population boom in Africa and Asia this remains an issue and an urgent need for technology and new products to raise sanitation standards. Needless to say, the amount of water used in … Continue reading

Clean energy for all the 9 billion World citizens

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This is literally one of the most daunting challenges for the 21st century. Clean energy for the global population: for people who climb up the prosperity ladder and will consume more energy, for people who currently rely on relatively polluting energy sources, such as wood stoves, and for people who … Continue reading

Insects in our diet

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One big need for the nine billion people of the 21th century will be meat or protein in their diet. Especially if poverty is lifted off successfully, billions of people will enjoy a more protein rich diet than today. Could everybody eat like the Western world does today? Probably not. … Continue reading

An energy-efficient human being?

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In April 2012, 360 Magazine published an interview with Matthew Liao, Professor in philosophy and bioethics at the New York University. This interview appeared originally in The Atlantic in March 2012. This article caught my eye, because it was the first time I read about someone suggested making alterations on … Continue reading

Dutch visionairs about the Netherlands in 2030 (video clip)

Now with the Dutch parlement elections, and all the politicians making promises about the future, this very nice television program, called ‘There is always something’ asked a couple of experts to explain their vision of the Netherlands in 2030. Bekijk de video in andere formaten. Barbara Baarsma, economics professor at … Continue reading

Urban farming in an urbanized world

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The global population is moving towards the cities. Feeding those emerging mega-cities will become more and more of a masterpiece. Urban gardening and urban farming could be part of that solution. Urban gardening is a way to make use of the open spaces in town, rooftops and empty construction sites. … Continue reading