Top-5 Futures for December 4th: Biology and Big Data Converge

Posted By on December 4, 2015

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day I read through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.

Top-5 Futures for December 4th: Biology and Big Data Converge features how biology and big data converge, anti-ageing drugs, rocket landings, prosthetics, and robots.

How biology and big data converge in the medicine world

Fortune’s Cliff Leaf sits down David Agus, MD, Professor of Medicine and Engineering; Director at USC and J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. Co-founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, Human Longevity Inc.

World’s first anti-ageing drug could see humans live to 120


The world’s first anti-ageing drug will be tested on humans next year in trials which could see diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s consigned to distant memory. Scientists now believe that it is possible to actually stop people growing old as quickly and help them live in good health well into their 110s and 120s.

Although it might seem like science fiction, researchers have already proven that the diabetes drug metformin extends the life of animals, and the Food and Drug Administration in the US has now given the go ahead for a trial to see if the same effects can be replicated in humans.

Via The Telegraph

Blue Origin’s Historic Rocket Landing

This week Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas.

Via TechCrunch

Can Prosthetics Outperform Real Limbs? | Cyborg Nation


Robots expected to run half of Japan by 2035


Data analysts Nomura Research Institute (NRI), led by researcher Yumi Wakao, figure that within the next 20 years, nearly half of all jobs in Japan could be accomplished by robots. Working with Professor Michael Osborne from Oxford University, who had previously investigated the same matter in both the US and UK, the NRI team examined more than 600 jobs and found that “up to 49 percent of jobs could be replaced by computer systems,” according to Wakao.

Via Engadget

See the last 4 week’s Top-5 Futures here:


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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