Technologies that will turn the world upside-down

Flying cars, personal jetpacks, holidays on the moon, the paperless office – the predictions of futurologists are, it seems, doomed to fail. The only thing predictable about the future is its unpredictability.

But that has not stopped edge.org – the online intellectual salon – asking which ideas and inventions will provide humanity’s next leap forward. In its traditional New Year challenge to the planet’s best thinkers it asks, “What will change everything – What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?”

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