I always have an eye out for future trends, especially if we’re closing in on stuff I read about in science fiction when I was a kid. I’m a little disappointed we haven’t achieved interplanetary travel by the year 2001 like Stanley Kubrik promised in his adaptation of Clarke’s novel. Though we’re still stuck tossing expensive tin cans into orbit, we have a better record with modifying the food chain. Ever since Frederick Pole introduced the concept of cow-less beef in his fifties sci-fi novel, The Space Merchants, scientists have doggedly pursued the holy grail of future food … synthetic meat. I’m just glad they’re not investigating the Jetson’s dietary plan of everything in a pill.