Recap #35: emerging tech to watch in 2022

This week's Recap covers thermoelectric generators, emerging biotechnologies, how AI can help us mitigate the climate crisis, and more.

4 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
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Welcome to the Envisioning Community Recap, a weekly publication in which we curate the best stories around emerging technology and futures thinking.

This week is about recovery. I am still reeling from the effects of Omicron and spent better part of last week horizontal and incapacitated. A forceful slowdown. An opportunity to actually reconsider what is worth committing to and delivering on. No drastic changes for the Recap or community – we are happy to hold your attention every week. But other changes abound. What can you do less of? ~MZ

Emerging Technology

👓 Japanese Smart Glasses to Correct Myopia
The company didn't disclose how the device works, but it claims that wearing the glasses 60 to 90 minutes per day corrects myopia. The device will reach Asian markets in the second half of 2022.

🔥 Device Wraps Around Hot Surfaces Turns Wasted heat into Electricity
This thermoelectric generator absorbs wasted heat from exhaust pipes and chimneys, converting it into electricity.

☃️ Can AI Save Humanity From Climate Change? That's the Wrong Question
An insightful investigation on how to approach the use of AI to mitigate the climate crisis.

🧬 Seven Biotechnologies to Watch in 2022
From gene editing to protein-structure determination to quantum computing, here are seven technologies that are likely to impact science in the year ahead.

Tech and Culture

🧑🏽‍🎨 The NFT Ecosystem Is a Complete Disaster
This Vice magazine article defends that NFT culture is destroying the potential of blockchain tech by emphasizing the individual rather than leveraging the communal. Building on similar ideas, Ginevra Davis brings another hot take on the web3 and the future of society in her article "When the Stagnation Goes Virtual." Shared by Luma.

📦 Everything Must Be Paid for Twice
This captivating essay invites us to examine our relationship with the things we own.

📰 New Perspectives for a Better World
Community member Thomas Klaffke just launched a newsletter about "out-of-the-box ideas and opportunities for a better world."


🦠 Make-up of Gut Microbiome may be Linked to Long Covid Risk
A preliminary study suggests a link between the use of antibiotics during a Covid infection and increased rates of developing long Covid.

Future Perspectives: We are just starting to understand the profound impact our microbiome has on our health. Gene sequencing of bacteria species can already provide insight into nutrition, mental health, and immune system conditions. Precision medicine will soon make use of personalized microbiome profiles to tailor specific treatments.

Caroline Barrueco
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