Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 21
Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas...
Researchers at UC Davis have successfully sequenced the genome of the coffea arabica plant, giving plant breeders and growers a blueprint for designing crops with unprecedented precision. The genome - which is now available open source - signals the start of a new type of plant engineering, promising new and better flavours... not to mention disease, weather resistant crops that can sustain global climate shifts and erratic conditions.
How could genetic sequencing shape a better future for food production, quality & nutrition?
Your morning hit of energy might look very different in the future with a new raft of functional foods entering the market that offer the same caffeine lift in everything from Steem's caffinated spreads to snack bars and even fruits.
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How could we create naturally-boosted foods & drinks by re-thinking how we deliver traditional functional ingredients?
Café culture is set for a shake-up with the introduction of an automated barista kiosk in San Fransisco earlier this year.
The first of it's kind in the United States, the Cafe X system lets you place your order via mobile, watch an industrial grade robot prepare your perfect coffee to order (a spectacle on display behind plexi-glass windows), and delivers it to your fingertips using an automated conveyer belt... all without a single point of human intervention.
How will smart automation shape the future of working, shopping and consuming?