Hypercities, Tooth Regeneration, and Electronic Paper: How Much Will the World Change by 2017?

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 - 11:35AM
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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 - 11:35AM
Hypercities, Tooth Regeneration, and Electronic Paper: How Much Will the World Change by 2017?
Sci-fi dystopias that portray a nearly unrecognizable version of Earth always take place in the far future, but with the rate of technological advancement, our world could look significantly different in only one year. According to this new video from Top Science Facts, the world of 2017 will include incredibly futuristic innovation like tooth regeneration, electronic paper, and countries merging their cities into "hypercities."



The video is the first in a new series that explores the projections for how the world will change each year. Most of the information is taken from Future Timeline, which analyzes burgeoning technologies and overall technological and societal trends. They predict that next year, certain technologies that have been long in the works will finally come to fruition, such as 10 nanometer chips entering mass production, which will bring greater CPU performance to our computers, phones, and tablets.

Further, "electronic paper," which has been in development for over a decade, will start to see widespread use. Electronic paper combines very thin organic film transistors with organic electroluminescent displays. The earliest version of this technology was used for e-readers, but now it's becoming advanced enough to run high-quality video on ultra-thin surfaces.

Opening quote
"Some of the future products that could use this technology could be ultra-thin smartphones, video instructions on packaging, and even clothing and textiles with electronic displays."
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The widespread usage of electronic paper would not only add to everyday conveniences and integrate technology even more into our everyday lives, it could make "paperless offices" closer to a reality, which would reduce deforestation and, in turn, combat climate change.

They also predict that tooth regeneration will be a common dental practice by next year. Tooth regeneration has already been demonstrated to be effective in mice, and has been predicted by experts to be released to clinical practices by 2017. The process involves a combination of adult stem cells and scaffolding materials in order to re-grow an entire tooth, root and all, in just two months. 

And finally, they predict that metropolitan areas in populated countries will begin to merge into "hypercities." China, in particular, has already begun the process of several of its cities into a mega-city with Beijing at its center that will eventually be called Jing-Jin-Ji.
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"By 2017, China will have merged nine of its cities into one giant Hypercity, the largest metropolitan area on the planet."
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Future Timeline predicts that the Hypercity will combine nine current cities and will have a population of 42 million, seven million greater than Tokyo, which held the previous record. But Business Insider recently placed the estimate even higher than that, as China aims for Jing-Jin-Ji to eventually hold 130 million people, which is more populated than the entire country of Japan.
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