Scientific Discoveries That Will Make 2017 the Future

Scientific Discoveries That Will Make 2017 the Future

by Claire Downs | CULTURE |

From biodegradable shoes to private space travel, the future is now!

Back in 2007, Brian Williams anchored an NBC Nightly News segment about what the year 2017 would be like and what scientific advancements would make our lives easier. The video (which you can watch below) posits that microchips implanted under our fingers could easily identify us at the airport and in emergency situations. It hoped that facial recognition software would help us catch terrorists.

Flash forward to the end of 2016. We don’t have any life- or time-saving microchips, and facial recognition software is most commonly used by advertisers to sell us things on Facebook.

But cynicism aside, there is hope that 2017 may include some groundbreaking discoveries, medical advancements, and widespread implementation of awesome inventions. Even though we’ve disappointed 2007 Brian Williams in an alternate timeline, we’ve got a lot to look forward to next year, and in more ways than not, the future is now.


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Claire Downs is a writer and comedian based out of Los Angeles. She's written for Nickelodeon, VH1, Funny or Die, and Hello Giggles. You can follow her on Twitter @clairecdowns. She prefers Indica to Sativa, in case you're wondering.


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