It feels like there is always another update for our phones, or another “new and improved” version of our phone altogether. It’s difficult to keep up with all the new devices being released by Apple, the changes made to social media platforms, and the latest piece of health technology that will help you lose weight.
Sure, it seems that new technology is coming out every day. But is any of it very useful in the grand scheme of things? Much of it is gimmicky, meant to be a quick fix until they figure out the bugs and release a new version of the same thing a few months later.
Never fear, though, there are people out there who are working hard on technologies that have the potential to make a real difference in the lives of people all over the world. These pieces of tech haven’t been perfected yet, but they are well on their way to one day being able to make the world a better place.
1. Artificial Leaf
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois-Chicago have developed an artificial leaf, which is meant to mimic the process of photosynthesis. Except their version will convert carbon dioxide into a solid fuel for electric power plants.
Not only would this provide humans with an alternate form of energy to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels, it would help decrease the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
This concept is called negative emissions, something many scientists are trying to develop technologies to achieve. Unfortunately, this technology in particular wouldn’t be able to completely replace fossil fuels in cars because it relies on the availability of solar energy.
This sounds like a real start toward undoing some of the damage we have already done to our environment and having more sustainable practices.