Innovation has always improved the cause of humanity. Innovation in the past has allowed civilisations to interact with each other, explore undiscovered parts of the world and even for man to go out into space and set foot on the moon. Below, we will look at some of the best innovation ideas throughout history, and for the future.
At the time, no innovation did more to spread knowledge, than the Printing Press. Developed by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, it improved on the existing methods of printing press, and allowed up to 3600 pages per day to be printed. By 1600, 2.2 million new books were created thanks for the printing press. Many say that the printing press gave rise to the period of enlightenment in Europe, which progressed technology and knowledge at an unprecedented rate.
First invented in China in 206 BC, magnetic compasses hugely impacted the world. It became the primary method of navigating, and with its help, gave rise to the Age of Discovery, in which continents were discovered. This allowed interaction between many civilisations that were isolated from the rest of the world.
Many possible innovation ideas have been put forward that will be groundbreaking, and some which will make life convenient for many around the world. A new innovation being touted as a possible way in which to tackle global warming and world hunger is laboratory-grown beef. In Maastricht Univeristy in the Netherlands, Professor Mark Post unveiled the first lab grown hamburger last year in 2014. The goal, he states, is to meet the ever-growing demand for meat, with meat production to grow by 72% in 2030. The technology utilizes stem cells, and Professor Post estimates it is still 20 years until this innovation is suitable for mass production.
Another possible innovation that could change the world is edible food packaging. This innovation could drastically reduce landfills and have a positive effect on the environment. It is estimated that in the US alone, 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour. This would drastically reduce the amount of waste. The technology, called WikiCells, is an edible skin that replaces plastic packaging and protects the content inside. There is however, issue with the costs of such technology, so it is still several years away before becoming mainstream and affordable.
Humans have constantly innovated to advance the cause of humanity, many innovations have also led to terrible consequences, but many lead to an improvement in people’s lives, and further innovations continue to better the cause of humanity.