The world is full of brilliant scientists, researchers and creative thinkers who are working diligently to discover and implement new products and services that will change our quality of life.

For example, in Scientific American’s recent booklet, “World Changing Ideas,” experts share some exciting and innovative ideas and predictions about the future. Just take a look…

  1. “Your electric toothbrush will beep to notify you that dutiful brushing twice a day every day for the past six months has earned you enough points for a 10 percent discount on your next checkup.”
  2. “A future in which almost every aspect of your life includes a game-like experience is all but inevitable” (according to Carnegie Mellon University researcher Jesse Schell). The reason why this is important is because it identifies the value of engagement as a key factor in addressing motivation to change a destructive behavior.
  3. Julie Greensmith of University of Nottingham in England created a “dendtritic cell algorithm that detects computer viruses and other malicious code in the same way that our immune systems sense real viruses.” In science today, there is a lot of collaboration between computer scientists and biologists who recognize the importance of patterns in detecting computer and human functionality.

These are just a few of the many items listed in Scientific American’s special report. Other topics include liquid fuel for electric cars, producing gas from trash, innovations in solar panel technology, “know-it-all” toll roads, subway like bus lines, crops that don’t need replanting, innovations in cleaning our oceans, advanced pocket translators and many more.

There’s no question about it. We live in an information age where solutions to common problems are coming faster than ever, and new discoveries are changing the way we live, work and play.