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Giant Leap Week

Giant Leap Week (via Qpute.com)

When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in July, 1969, he called his first steps “one giant leap for mankind.” As the Brew looked back on this historic achievement, we asked ourselves…what is the next giant leap for our species?

We settled on six technologies that have the potential to bring the same kind of paradigm-shifting change as the moon landing. Here’s your chance to learn all about them.

1. Quantum Computing

We’re still decades away from a fully-functioning quantum computer that will surpass the capabilities of modern supercomputers. Nevertheless, Big Tech, governments, and researchers are plowing into quantum computing research in a race for the next generation of advanced computing power.

2. Nanotechnology

For all the wonders of modern medicine, doctors still struggle to treat just the part of you that is sick. But with emerging nanotechnology applications, the era of personalized, targeted, highly efficient treatment for even the deadliest of diseases is nearing fruition.

3. Cellular Agriculture

Biotechnology and tissue engineering have been hard at work in clinical settings, but now they’re coming to a table near you. Cellular agriculture allows us to grow animal products (like meat, dairy, silk, and leather) in a lab, providing a sustainable, clean alternative to traditional methods of livestock production that are stressing the environment.

4. Whole Brain Emulation

What if we could create a digital replica of your brain and upload and download it like a piece of software? Whole brain emulation is at least decades, perhaps more than a century away, but it’s already making us confront some of the greatest mysteries of neuroscience and questions about what it means to be human.

5. Nuclear Fusion

There’s a long running joke that fusion, a high yield, carbon-free power source with theoretically limitless fuel, is the energy of the future–and always will be. But recent advances in material science and fusion devices could make fusion a reality in our lifetime.

6. Mars Colonization

In the 2030s, NASA plans to send its first manned mission to Mars, a foray that could teach us whether life really existed on the red planet as well as clues about what’s happening here on Earth. But rapid progress in the private space industry means Mars is no longer the exclusive stomping ground of national space agencies.

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