Emerging Science and Technology

Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology was conceived and created by Richard Watson (Now and Next) and Alex Ayad (Imperial College) – with thanks to Chris Haley (now at Nesta) in later stages, as well as to Keeren Flora and Lawrence Whitely (Wond Ltd) for design execution.  Infographic provided by Imperial Tech Foresight.

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We created this Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology to explore the future of five science fields, looking ahead to the next few decades and explore what technologies, trends and big ideas lie downstream of breakthrough lab discoveries today. These five fields:  biotech; nanotech; neurotech; digitech and greetech have been much talked about for their potential to create disruptive innovation.

We considered the future by first looking at weak signals from the present (defined as existing now or thereabouts with at least 1,000 occurrences existing where appropriate), and extrapolated from these to examine the probable future (defined as occurring between 2015-20130) and possible future (defined as potentially occurring thereafter 2030). Today we already live in a world where computer algorithms are able predict crime ahead of the event, but by 2035 we foresee that dream-reading and recording (via functional MRI) as tech that will probably appear commonplace through the convergence of digitaltech and neurotech.


Where did the predictions come from?

The predictions you can see on this map we crowdsourced Imperial College academics, PhD and Postgraduate students and delegates from industry who had joined us at various Tech Foresight events. While most entries are deadly serious, a few are less so.
Tech Foresight is a focal point at Imperial College for people interested in the science and art of predicting ‘what comes next’. We support academics to make inspiring visions of the future, and share these visions with our corporate partners in ways that broaden and deepen relations, stimulate discussion, collaboration and the imagination.

The Trucker’s Guide to Fuel Efficiency

Hundreds of individual factors affect the fuel efficiency of a truck. While addressing one issue could lead to minor improvements, tackling the majority is the only way to make substantial changes. Many external problems – weather conditions, road conditions, etc. – are beyond your control; however, most internal problems – driving habits, maintenance, etc. – can be resolved with little effort.

Accurately determining what leads to poor efficiency is the first step towards successfully reducing your emissions. The majority of truck drivers have no idea how much they spend on vehicle upkeep and many believe that fuel consumption is the biggest expenditure. However, on average the fuel itself only equates to around 30% of annual operating costs. Maintenance, tyres and insurance accounts for the remaining 70%. However, the time and money you spend on these other factors will directly affect that precious 30%.

In the very best circumstances combining all of the improvements listed below could double your fuel mileage. While each truck will have its own physical limitations, improving fuel economy by 15% to 25% is a perfectly reasonable assessment, even on older vehicles – a target that’s even more plausible if you have an aggressive driving style.

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Plastic Fastners by Thomson Nyliner I Danaher Specialty Products

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The Currency Printing Process

Printing U.S. currency is an interesting process. Every part of a single bill is made up of specific inks, paper, and symbols that give it a beautiful and intricate look. This level of detail also makes it difficult to counterfeit. Learn more about the money printing process and how it began by viewing the following infographic. – See more at:

The Currency Printing Process