The latest development in the field of “Oh crap, the future is here” technology is Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s bioluminescent streetlights.
Roosegaarde and a group of researchers have taken bioluminescence from animals like fireflies and jellyfish and merged it with the leaves of plants and trees. The idea behind it is to turn the trees into totally energy-neutral streetlights. The glow would take the place of our current incandescent lights and turn our world into something out of Avatar.
Watch the video to see Roosegaarde’s explanation of the ideas behind the streetlight, and how he thinks we’re heading into an age where technology and nature merge.