Having analyzed huge volumes of data regarding the scientific studies and patent applications, the company Thomson Reuters, a child agency of Reuters, came up with a list of ten innovations that promise to dramatically change the planet by 2025.
Intellectual Property and Science Department of the company initially identified ten areas of scientific research which are most often referred to in the scientific literature. This information was combined with data on the areas with most of the patent application claims.
Here are Top Ten Innovations of 2025 according to the Thomson Reuters’s report:
Energy from sunshine
Thanks to the advances in photovoltaic technology, the photocatalysts, distribution networks and energy storage batteries, solar energy will become the main source of energy on the planet.
Further advances in the genetic analysis systems and methods that enable the examination of individual cells will allow the DNA decoding at birth.
The end of the plastics
Non-degradable plastics from petroleum will be replaced with biodegradable cellulose materials, which are produced by new methods of biotechnology. The scourge of plastic bags will disappear from the planet.
The Internet of Everything
Thanks to the development of new semiconductors, graphene capacitors, carbon nanotubes and 5G technology, wireless communications will dominate. Everything around us will be networked.
Intervention in human genes
The development of therapies based on RNA molecules and aimed at correcting defective genes will lead to the fact that type I diabetes will be treatable.
Treatment for dementia
The discovery and analysis of genes associated with neurodegenerative diseases will reduce the number of people suffering from disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Food for all
The cultivation of genetically modified plants indoors with the help of LED light, which emits only wavelengths required by photosynthesis, will provide food supplies across the planet. It will also eliminate fluctuations in the prices of food.
Less toxic chemotherapies
The creation of drugs that target specific molecules and the individualization of therapy will reduce the toxicity of anticancer drugs and the damage to healthy tissues.
Thanks to the progress in physics after the confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson, scientists will be able to advance the technologies of quantum teleportation of data. However, the teleportation of people is not in the offing.
Advances in lithium-ion batteries and the development of lightweight carbon composites will lead to the spread of electric vehicles and the development of commercial electric airplanes.
The full text of the report by Thomson Reuters is available here.