Five years ago, dMASS began with two simple questions: “Is it possible to meet the needs of 8 billion people, to adequately protect our natural environment, and to sustain continued economic growth at the same time? And if so, how?”
To begin answering these questions, we decided to focus on identifying the newest science and technology innovations around the world that could make it possible to build a sustainable economy. We have developed a portal to track the innovations and to make the information accessible so that our partners, innovators and investors can begin to explore the possibilities.
Humans design systems that suit our purposes, that create wealth, and that make life better. We seek and test ideas; then adopt the ones that best fit our needs. When resources seemed limitless, the best ideas often involved extracting resources to feed the new technologies. That's how our modern economies evolved. But those circumstances are changing. Growing uncertainty about availability and access to key resources is forcing us to design new systems and business models to meet our needs. [...]
Factories of the future will use the building blocks of life to change the way we eat, work, and live. And they're already here.
The world’s first summit dedicated to biofabrication took place earlier this month in New York. Suzanne Lee, founder of Biocouture, assembled a lineup of designers, entrepreneurs, and scientists to share their experiences working with bacteria, yeast, algae, fungi and other living cells.
Our intention for developing the Trailblazers series was to foster a collaborative discussion between larger organizations, startups and cutting edge futurists on new developments within the sustainability economy. While we are committed to curating novel innovations into our proprietary research database, we also want to provide innovators with a platform that can provide a closer touch-point for connection with like-minded scientists and organizations with the resources needed to accelerate the pace of their discoveries.
In 2014, the United Nations estimated that 3.5 billion people across the globe were living with sub-standard access to potable water, of which 768 million had almost no regular access at all. With many areas of the world in drought, governments are resigning themselves to a future of developing large-scale water infrastructure projects, including energy efficient treatment and desalination plants. But what if the secret to clean water could be found not through better desalination, but by hacking an atomic scale material that is already projected to be the building block of the computers of tomorrow?