Drones Would Revolutionize Oceanic Conservation, If They Weren’t Illegal.
A small, remote-controlled quadcopter lifts from the deck of a skiff. As it rises into the air, a gray whale breaches on the horizon. Slowly, the drone cruises towards the whale, now revealed to be a mother and calf. It climbs higher, offering a breathtaking view of a moment few will ever witness. The whales, undisturbed, continue their long migration up the California coast.
The Solar-Powered Robot Farmers Are Almost Here
So it looks like we’re going to live to see the rise of the autonomous robot farmer after all. Or at least, the robot farmhand. There are plenty of promising agricultural automatons in the works, after all: We’ve got mechanized hydroponic factory farmers, self-propelling farmballs, and, now, solar-powered robots that collect data, pick weeds, and someday, harvest crops.
3D Bioprinters Could Make Enhanced, Electricity-Generating ‘Superorgans’
Bioprinting technology is advancing so quickly that some scientists believe 3D printing an entire artificial human organ is only five to ten years off. That alone is pretty bonkers, science-wise, and could save many lives. But why stop there? Once you start talking about manufacturing body parts, the inevitable lurking question is: Can we go beyond just mimicking biology to make technologically improved humans?