Last year about this time, I waxed curmudgeonly on Things I’m Still Waiting For, like interplanetary ion drives, flying cars, hover boards, to mention a few. Time magazine’s recent Best Inventions of 2014 review, has some interesting items for consideration.
First out of the chutes is a real-life hover board, not unlike the one I drooled over in the movie Back to the Future. Not exactly the fly anywhere version Michael J. Fox used, but it’s a start. We’re still shooting objects into space via 1950’s style ballistic missiles, but it’s getting cheaper. India just parked a satellite in Mars orbit for the paltry sum of $74 million. Hell, that’s less expensive than retiling the old Space Shuttle. Fossil fuel sourced energy is more popular than ever, but Lockheed’s development of a High-Beta Fusion Reactor, just might get us closer to the holy grail of nuclear fusion. Molecular X-Rays (images of body at molecular level) might bring Dr.McCoy of Star Trek, back in vogue. The humanitarian invention of the year is a filtration system that scrubs Ebola virus from the blood stream.