Technologies That Will Shape The Future Of The World
This technology will definitely be a game changer in future. Biometrics are the next wave of mobile security. They're nothing new, per se, but their implementation is much improved over the past few years. After Apple released the iPhone 5S last September with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, other manufacturers have fallen in line. Soon people will just expect all consumer electronics to come with some form of biometric security, whether it be fingerprint scanning, retina identification or voice recognition.
#9 Apple iWatch
Apple and a smart watch, a deadly combination! Apple has yet to make any formal announcements, but its presence in this nascent category would likely legitimize what until now has been viewed as a bit of a fringe market. Several companies have already ventured into the smartwatch game with mostly middling results. MP3 players, smartphones and tablets already existed before Apple came along and revolutionized those categories. If it decides to get into the smartwatch category as well, there's no reason to think it wouldn't do the same to the world of wearable technology for years to come.
#8 Brain-Computer Interface
The name itself is so interesting. Imagine being able to control your computer with your mind. For most of us, the brain-computer interface would only serve to heighten our dependence on computers and further isolate us from the outside world. But for amputees and victims of paralysis, in conjunction with biomechanical prostheses, the brain-computer interface could provide a return to normalcy. Can't wait for this technology to develop fully.
#7 Holographic Interfaces
This is definitely gonna be the next big thing. Holographic interfaces are both a highly intuitive way to interact with a computer and a great way to blow a movie's special effects budget in one take. Even the best real world examples of this technology today are crude by movie standards but, as with everything else on this list, it will only get better in the coming years.
Nanorobotics is something that has excited everyone to a greater extent. Nanorobotics, or nanites as they should never be called, are still largely in the research and development phase. Largely being developed as in a medical capacity, nanorobotics are microscopic machines capable of detecting and eradicating pathogens, administering specialized medicine directly to the affected area and quickly repairing wounds on a cellular level. There are also numerous agricultural and defense applications being explored.
#5 Virtual Reality
Virtual and Reality coming together is a strange thing but here it is true. We've been waiting for a competent virtual reality system since the '80s. With the Oculus Rift, it seems like that wait might finally be over. The Oculus Rift, which was recently acquired by Facebook (we we're bummed when we heard that, too), offers a stunningly realistic experience that will soon be a common feature of every gamer's dream setup.
Lets just turn biodegradable and discuss energy now. As the planet's population booms and its oil reserves dwindle, cheap, efficient, and renewable energy sources will become more important than ever before. Breakthroughs in this crowded field are being made all the time. In the next 20 years, houses could be 100% powered by solar and wind energy, coastal communities could draw their power from the tides, and nuclear fusion may be powering our biggest cities.
#3 Genetically Modified Food
Yes, Genetically Modified Food. People hear the words "gene modification" and their brains process them as "Godzilla mutant danger." As a result, you'll find no shortage of people yelling on the internet (what better way to be taken seriously?), vilifying genetically modified foods to no end. Right or wrong, their outcry has been heard by many and there are anti-GM food movements popping up all over the world. But the bottom line is that genetic modification has imbued crops like corn and wheat with disease, drought, and pest-resistance enabling them to feed hundreds of millions of people around the globe.
For the ones who dont know about this, Aerogels are gels that have had their liquid portions removed and replaced by air via a process known as supercritical drying, leaving only the solid parts behind. The resulting product, known colloquially as "frozen smoke," has remarkable insulating properties and load-bearing capabilities surprising for something with such little mass. Silica aerogels have even been proposed for use in any future long distance space explorations.
#1 Self-Driving Cars
And finally in the list comes Self-Driving Cars. This is something we can all get behind. Google has spearheaded the driverless car movement (you can even see them driving around their Mountain View, CA campus fairly regularly). Many automakers, from Audi to Nissan, have jumped on the driver less bandwagon as well. Government transportation safety agencies from several different countries are currently evaluating the concept of driver less automobiles and how best to prepare individuals who have spent their whole lives driving to give up control to a computer.
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