Although there have certainly been murmurs about this technology for months (if not years), who would have thought that MIT researchers would actually perfect the artificial leaf? I certainly had doubts.
For better or worse, technology seeks to continue replacing nature, even at the most fundamental levels. The artificial leaf is another step in that direction, not only heralding breakthroughs in clean air production and sustainability, but expanding the human understanding of the world. Using abundantly available materials like silicon and nickel, the leaf reproduces the photosynthetic process of oxygen from water and carbon dioxide. Lead professor Daniel Nocera explains his prophecy of a world where apartment flats are dotted with artificial leaves, producing clean air and usable energy which naturally occurs during the chemical process.