Recap #37: universal lungs & food trends

This week's Recap covers health-monitoring wearables, AI-generated art, futures visions reports, and more.

3 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco, Michell Zappa,

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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 literacy.

This week, as the world braces for ever greater uncertainty, we decided to ask the community about how the world will be different in 2050 – along with the usual assortment of technology insights from around the web. ~MZ

Emerging Technology

🫁 Researchers Want to Create 'Universal Donor' Lungs
Changing the blood type of donated organs could be a first step to shortening transplant wait times.

⛓️ Disruption and digital revolution for whom?
Report by the UNHCR - the UN refugees agency, brings considerations on the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology in displacement contexts.

🦾 Learn how to create AI generative illustrations
This step-by-step guide shows how we create AI synthetic images to illustrate our weekly Recap.

A Smartwatch that measures key stress hormone
The device measures the levels of cortisol found in sweat. The assessment of this biomarker can help to identify conditions such as post-traumatic disorder and depression.

Future perspectives:
Smartwatches could soon be non-invasive ways to monitor several biochemicals, such as serotonin and cortisol, giving real-time feedback to the user. Many of these chemical levels vary greatly from person to person, so wearable devices could be a useful way of tracking individual levels on a daily basis, creating personalised profiles.

🧃 Snaxshot#41: Wearable Wonka
Snaxshot is a newsletter on upcoming food and beverage trends. On this issue, the writer Andrea Hernández. presents future visions and trends shaping the market of personalised nutrition and wearables.

Futures Literacy

🎲 Welcome to 2030: Three visions of what the world could look like in ten years  
This intricate exploration of possible futures takes into consideration 10 trends shaping the current and future world, to build different socio-political scenarios. And it was launched as part of The Atlantic Council’s global foresight 2022.

🗣️ We asked the community: What things that are normal today won't exist anymore by 2050?

mz: My optimistic guess is unaffordable energy - perhaps a surge in affordable renewables will help drive the cost down.
Felipe: Gender and sexual orientation discrimination.
Dave: National climate policies - it will be planet-wide based on fair share use of energy and resources.
Luma: Smartphones, plastic packaging, the meat industry?
Ricardo: Toilets as we currently know them.
Jenny: New York, Florida, Bangladesh, coastal cities.  Easy to grow food.  Pleasant weather in most countries.
Mariam: Patriarchy, gender pay and gap? Too optimistic.
Arthur: NFTs
Prashant: Universities in their current disposition.
Linn: Phone numbers.
Dave: Waste and our disregard towards it.
Fluid Nature: Privacy.

Caroline Barrueco
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