All these technologies will affect the economy, improve the healthcare industry and influence our traditions and cultures. Some of them have been unfolded, while the others will take a decade or two to develop. But you should know about them right now and be ready to make them a part of your lives in coming months.
Researchers are trying their best to use brain implants for restoring the freedom of movements that a spinal cord injury takes away. The technology is likely to be available in ten to fifteen years as the scientists have already conducted experiments on macaque monkeys. The French neurologists recorded the movements of neurons in the brain of this animal, paralyzing its legs. The experts installed recording devices beneath its skull and monitored the activities in its spinal cord. A system was detected that read the animal’s intention to move and soon its leg began running.
Scientists are trying to launch tractor-trailers without humans at the wheel. Soon, you might see those trucks running onto the highway near you. Roman Mugriyev was driving a long-haul 18-wheeler down a highway when he observed that a car was coming in his lane. Soon that vehicle collided with his truck and shuttered the front axle. After that, Mugriyev learned that self-driving trucks could save a lot of lives on the highways.
Paying With Your Face
Chinese experts are busy with the development of face-detecting systems. These systems will authorize payments on your behalf, will track down crimes and will provide access to some facilities on the internet. Face recognition devices might transform all the things from the way we interact with our bankers to the transportation services.
Practical Quantum Computers
Google and Intel experts reveal that computer devices with unimaginable power are within our reach. QuTech, a Dutch research center, is working on several quantum computing projects. One of its latest projects is the practical quantum computer. If occupied by electric katydids, this system will be introduced to all big and small organizations.
The 360-Degree Selfie
Inexpensive cameras that make quality pictures will open a new era in the photography industry. They will also change the way we share our stories and click the photographs. Koen Hufkens, a researcher at Harvard University, is working on a system that will broadcast pictures from the Massachusetts forest to a site called VirtualForest.io. He has used a particular camera that can create 360°pictures and the users will be able to use their finger or mouse cursor to pan around the images.
Hot Solar Cells
A team of MIT scientists is working on a new solar device that will create continuous and cheap power by converting the heat to the focused beam of light. The idea is to turn sunlight into heat and convert it back to usable light beams, but the whole procedure will be carried out inside the solar cells.
Healthcare professionals are working on various genetic projects, and their focus is to cure the rare hereditary disorders. The idea is to use the same approach to cure cancer, cardiac disorders, and other common diseases. Researchers are chasing the dreams of gene therapy for years. They have used engineer viruses to deliver healthy copies of genes into patients with sophisticated diseases.
The Cell Atlas
In 1665, Roberts Hooke discovered some cells in his microscope. Those little boxes even existed in other items, and he was the first scientist to describe organelles and cells. Biologists’ next project is to find out whether the cell atlas exists or not. The idea is to capture and scrutinize hundreds to thousands of cells individually, using the modern tools and software used in cellular biology.
Botnets Of Things
Botnets have been around for years. In 2000, a group of hackers broke into computers and controlled them from the centralized system. They used combined computer powers of the botnets and launched distributed denial-of-service attacks. It is possible to secure ourselves on the internet against the effects of botnets. Several organizations sell defenses against the denial-of-service attacks. The relentless push of adding connectivity to all gadgets has proved to be dangerous.
AlphaGo, a computer developed by DeepMind, has mastered the complex game Go and can beat the best players on the internet. With experiments, computers are figuring out how to perform different tasks that no programmer or team of researchers could ever do. Reinforcement learning will soon be introduced in our schools and might leave a good impression on the minds of human players.