Breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence open a world of possibilities to guard against unseen dangers
The ability to move an object using brainpower alone might seem like the stuff of science fiction but scientists are making progress in developing brain implants that could enable human thought, via a computer, to control wheelchairs, robotic prosthetics and paralysed limbs.
Every year, patients in the US spend an extra 400,000 days in hospital following surgery because their wounds become infected, according to the World Health Organisation. Smartphones, could, however, be one way to reduce these numbers.
Refrigerators that shop online for groceries, cars you control with your phone and heating systems that learn your temperature preferences.
Renewables may win most of the headlines as the future of our energy supply, but there is another arena where the battle for cleaning the environment is taking place. And, for the time being at least, it might be even more important.