10 Life-Changing Innovations

These technologies may ultimately transform human existence
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2008 12:33 PM CST
Solar panels on the roof of one of Rockefeller Center's buildings are unveiled on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – From omnipresent Internet to cloned donor organs, LiveScience picks 10 new technologies that, when fully developed, will transform our lives.

  1. Digital libraries: When all of humanity's texts are digitized, any factual question will be answerable online.
  2. Gene therapy/stem cells: The key to curing some of our nastiest afflictions.
  3. Ubiquitous wireless Internet: WiMAX and 3G point the way to a future where communication between any two devices is possible.
  4. Mobile robots: Too lazy to go to the store? Just send your car!

  1. Cheap solar cells: The cost is finally dropping—will your house soon power itself?
  2. Location-based computing: Point your cell phone at a business to visit their website? It's not that far away.
  3. Desktop 3-D printing: Download a mug design from Pottery Barn and run yourself off a couple.
  4. Confirmation of Moore's Law: The Intel co-founder said computing power will double every other year—and he's been proven right so far.
  5. Therapeutic cloning: Dolly and dairy cows aside, cloning's real goal has the provision of accessible spare body parts.
  6. A hydrogen economy: This fuel whose only byproduct is water may help reverse global warming and foster energy independence.