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Consumer Lifestyle
Published: 6 Dec 2013

Future History Now

Extra
Kevin Shakesheff

Thought leaders imagined the world in 2018 at the Future History Now event in London last week (November 28).

UK education consultant Matt Britland offered a glimpse into the classroom of 2018. He issued three action points for educational institutions and tech companies:

  • Anywhere Learning: Schools must offer fast, robust internet connections and a future-proof network infrastructure that allows for anywhere learning.
  • Cloud Computing: Take advantage of cloud computing. Online learning services such as Edmodo create free, safe platforms for students to connect with teachers. Teachers are able to continue classroom discussions online, while students can personalise their learning with engaging apps. The advantage is that work can be set, collected and graded online – and accessed instantly.
  • Collaboration: Edmodo also allows teachers to collaborate with local and international teachers and students over networks. The benefits of a global exchange of resources, experiences and ideas are clear.

Meanwhile, University of Nottingham professor Kevin Shakesheff identified 3D printing as a key influence on future healthcare. He highlighted research into 3D-printed organs, made by transforming skin cells taken from the patient into embryonic cells that can grow human tissue.

Organovo, the US tissue-based medicine firm, is already putting this technology into action. The company designs functional human tissues using 3D bioprinting for medical applications. It can produce implantable blood vessels and human liver tissue on a large scale. 

Follow the latest developments in 3D printing in the Stylus report 3D Printing Outlook 2014.

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