Have you taken a flight lately? The Internet and calls from the plane were long an expensive and rare service. Not anymore. Major carriers in Scandinavia are moving their fleet to the broadband Internet even on short and medium distance hauls. Finnair, a flag carrier of Finland, will install a high-speed wireless internet network on its entire Airbus A320 series short-haul fleet flying in Europe. The installation of the Wi-Fi equipment will begin in May 2017 and will be completed by June 2018.
The factory goes small scale. New digitally managed 3D printers, desktop lasers, CNC milling machines and waterjet cutters open unforeseen possibilities for do-it-for-yourself enthusiasts and small businesses. New cottage industries are born. Welcome to the age of personal manufacturing.
For many decades international trade has grown on average nearly twice faster than world production. Nations have become more prosperous, but many people all across the globe feel that they have not given their fair share of this growth. The first extended period of globalization is over. Welcome to the world of globalization 2.0.
A new gene editing tool spreads in scientific community like a wildfire. CRISPR-Cas9 may change our life faster and deeper than all the information technology since 1945. CRISPR has in three years brought a revolution in medical science, agriculture, and in biotechnology.
The new precision technology of CRISPR-Cas9 makes it possible to alter the genome of any living organism. The technology applies as well to humans as on bacteria. It works precisely and has a low cost. CRISPR-Cas9 tools are already available from a webshop, and the prices start at 30 euros. The new DNA-RNA pairing technology has even created a new subculture of biohackers.