The Machinery of the Mind: What’s Ahead in Brain Research

By Futurist Kit Worzel

One of humanity’s final frontiers of research is the human brain. Dimitry Itskov, a Russian billionaire, is keeping abreast of research as part of his Immortality 2045 project, which has the end goal of uploading his human consciousness to a computerized brain, and living forever in an artificial body. I wish him luck, for he’ll need every bit of time available to attain his goal. 

Why Traditional Farming Is Here to Stay

by Kit Worzel, futurist

Last year, I wrote a blog about the future of food, and how we would need to use a number of alternative methods to farming in order to feed everyone. I didn’t manage to fit the rest of the information in that blog, about how we would still need to farm and grow food to feed a population of more than 9 billion. You’ll note I didn’t say “use traditional farming methods” there, because we will actually be using modern and futuristic methods instead.

What’s on your plate: Feeding the Future

by Futurist Kit Worzel

The United Nations report on world population estimates a total of 9.6 billion people on the planet by 2050. That’s an increase of more than 2 billion in the next thirty-five years. There have been discussions on how to feed such a large population, but many of those discussions fall short on certain key points. 

Lending a Hand: the future of Prosthetics

by Futurist Kit Worzel

Two hundred years ago, a significant injury to an extremity meant you would lose it, and have to deal with a rudimentary prosthetic. Fifty years ago, the same injury might not cost you the limb, but if it did, you at least had the option of a prosthetic that gave back some functionality, and was designed with comfort in mind. Twenty years ago, the first microprocessor controlled prosthetic, the Intelligent Prosthesis knee, was developed and aided people to walk with a much more normal gait. Today, we have a wide variety of prostheses, ranging from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for the absolute top of the line models with microprocessors, programmed movements and even neural interfaces, to fifty dollar models made with 3-D printers that can be assembled, unskilled, in under three hours

Scary Superbugs: Your Money, or Your Life

by Futurist Kit Worzel

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are scary. They get lots of press time, with headlines screaming about super-bugs, and saying that resistant strains of TB, E.coli, MRSA, and gonorrhea are out there, and can’t be cured. This scares me as well, since I’m no more immune than anyone else. But then I take a step back, and think through some critical questions.

5 Things You Need to Know About Living Forever

by futurist Kit Worzel

Jeanne Calment of France was born in 1875, and died in 1997, at the age of 122, the oldest verifiable age for a human being. She was alive for the Boer war, the establishment of the Nobel Prize, the founding of the National Geographic society, both World Wars, the emergence of women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights movement, both the rise and the fall of the Iron Curtain, and even lived long enough to see Tiger Woods win his first Masters tourney. She lived longer than anyone else for whom we have records, and did most of it without the benefits of modern medicine. Life expectancy when she was born was just over 45, so she managed to live almost three times as long as she was expected to. It was truly remarkable, a unique circumstance.