What does hydroponic farming have to do with modular telephones, driverless cars and private drones?

According to the online publication Tech in Asia, it is one of 8 technologies that kids born today will take for granted. It’s an intriguing speculation, especially when one considers how the generations that grew up without the Internet and smartphones have had their worlds changed by technology. If hydroponics really does become as commonplace as an iPhone, it may have an extraordinarily positive benefit on the world’s food supply.

“Agriculture will have to undergo some major overhauls if we plan to keep feeding ourselves in the future,” the article states, citing hydroponic farming as a solution to this challenge. “Hydroponic farms can be built in any contained area, including areas unsuitable for traditional farming like deserts and urban environments.”

Other items on the publication’s list include cars that drive themselves from one place to another, massive open online courses (or MOOCs) that make it possible to get a college education from home, and borders patrolled by drones instead of people.

So perhaps, in the next 20 years, when some of these kids grow up to run their own hydroponic business, any LED replacement bulbs they order will be delivered by a drone or a driverless car. There may also be similar advances in wireless power, the article suggests, which may allow growers to charge multiple devices through walls or other solid surfaces.

If you think any of this is far-fetched, imagine what previous generations would have thought of the ability to monitor and change environmental conditions in a grow room via a wireless tablet device from across town, or even from another state or country. That’s possible right now with Link4 controllers. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

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