I had started writing a post a few days ago about how innovation beyond our wildest dreams a decade ago is all around us today. It was meant to be a look back at 2014 as we prepare to welcome the New Year…

…And then the cool folks at io9 wrote pretty much the same post … but I’ll finish off mine anyways.

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Technology, and the speed at which innovation is accelerating is amazing and looking back at some of the headlines from the past year just makes me realize we’re living in the future.

-A wrench was 3-D printed…in space…from instructions beamed up (err, emailed) from earth. Since then it seems the Astronauts have gone all 3-D printing crazy.

-A man-made space vehicle landed on a comet…317 million miles from earth…by shooting a hook into it. Which led to this tweet

-Two countries in the world (Norway and Netherlands) now have over 5% of all cars being fully electric. At one point Tesla S was the best selling car in Norway (due to government subsidies) and Amsterdam now has a fleet of 167 Teslas.

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-The US military is actually building an Iron Man suit (well it needs some work and a coat of paint… but project TALOS is for real).

-Y Combinator and Mithril invested in a nuclear fusion startup… As in “solve all of world energy issues if it works” nuclear fusion

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-The combination of accelerating smartphone penetration across the world, negligible cost of computing power and close-to-zero cost of data storage now has us all walking around with super-computers in our pockets which enable us to do things like stream any song, order a car when we need one, book a cleaning service, or a man-servant, or dry-cleaning.

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-DHL beat Amazon and Google to the punch and conducted the first commercial package delivery via drone.

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-Scientists at the University of Rochester have developed an invisibility cloak. Take THAT Harry Potter!

-Remeber A, T, C and G from your biology class? Well there’s two new synthetic bases to remember now as well. Yes, man-made and man-influenced organic compounds that can alter DNA.

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-And for you Star Trek fans, NASA and Yves Behar paired up to launch the Scanadu Scout to track your vitals.

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I could go on and on but I think I’ve made my point (or at least satisfied my geeky desire to revisit all of these stories). Things that many of us read about in Sci-Fi and comic books a decade ago are now living side by side with us in the real world. We’re in the future… welcome!

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