Thought for the Week

A Glimpse into the Future (continued)

Health:    The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek)   that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it.

It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world  class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All  major  shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of  spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities.    You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.

In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building.    By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

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