The world has changed and evolved dramatically over the last ten years. There is no doubt that this is largely the result of new technologies being brought to fruition. Things which just a few years ago were seen as science fiction are now reality. Even the idea of colonizing Mars is looking less and less like a pipe dream and more like something that will happen within the next fifteen years!
Every new technology has the ability to change the world, although some will be more visible than others!
This is perhaps one of the most obvious technologies which have the potential to dramatically alter the world as you know it. The implications of AI have been discussed many times alongside the idea that it could eventually destroy humanity.
Clearly the finer points and controls on this type of technology would need to be embraced and refined before the AI could ever be fully integrated into human life. However, should it become a reality the possibilities are endless. AI could handle all the tasks that humans currently do; leaving you free to explore new options and develop even better technology!
Wireless Sensor Networks
The wireless network is an accepted part of life, it is already something which surrounds you and is relied on for a variety of day to day tasks. However, there are many more applications for advanced versions of this network. The initial issue is creating a small enough wireless sensor which uses virtually no battery power. This has been successfully created and tests have confirmed the ability to monitor the entire environment. In addition to the environment these tiny sensors could monitor the machines you use and even you! The aim is to provide computers that can react to our every whim before you even ask; simply by monitoring the sensors. Of course, there are concerns regarding the fact that every movement you make will be recorded…
This is something that is already becoming available. Currently it is aimed at the avid social media user. The idea behind this technology is to improve your connectivity with others. By taking a live video feed and adding in relevant details, such as names, essential details and even activities taking place you will always know what is going on with your friends. The information you have is loaded over the live feed, augmenting the two together.
Again, there are concerns regarding the invasion of privacy but the principle can be life changing. At one look you would be able to discover all the relevant facts for any neighbourhood. Simply add this technology to a pair of glasses and you can have all the information you need; wherever you are.
Televisions of the future will be far more interactive. Instead of merely watching the box and adding comments on your social media account; you will be able to comment directly onto the television. Your comments can be shared with everyone or just friends in the same way as social media sites currently do. This technology is in the development phase and will be a reality.
Joint injury is one of the biggest issues for many older people. It can be a result of injury or simply wear and tear. The answer currently is to replace the joint although the results are mixed and many people choose to avoid surgery.
The future will hold an easier and better alternative; preventing immobility issues in millions of people. Injectable tissue engineering involves injecting a mixture of polymers, cells and a range of growth stimulators into the affected joints. This mixture will solidify in your joint and become healthy tissue.
This technology can change many people’s lives and is already in development. However, at present the mixture has not been accepted by the body in the long term. With a little more research it will be possible to complete the project and transform lives.
Nano Solar power
The sun is incredibly powerful and is capable of generating huge amounts of power; at present this is limited to solar panels and huge solar farms. The main reason for this is the cost of generating the silicon wafers which are needed for solar panels.
However, there is research being undertaken into the idea of nanotechnology being incorporated into the solar power collection process. The theory is that the photovoltaic material will be generated from nanotechnology. It will be more like a huge sheet of tarpaulin which can be wrapped around any building or vehicle to generate far more power than the average solar panel does now.
The nanotechnology can even be incorporated into existing building materials to make your building a complete solar collector. This technology will be created at a fraction of the price of the current solar panels; allowing huge amounts of solar energy to be collected and used. It would really signal the end of human’s reliance on fossil fuels! The technology is on its way; it is just a matter of time.
There are already plans afoot to develop wireless devices; items like the television and DVD player will be able to connect without the need for a cable. This will be a drastic improvement on the current jumble of cables which every home experiences.
However, scientists have opted to go one further. There has been positive research into the idea of energy being transmitted from the power source to the device; without the need for any cables. In effect, nothing would ever need to be plugged in again! This technology is still being reviewed but there are signs that it will become a fact. The implications are far more than just convenience. With just a power source you would be able to overcome a black out, or provide instant power in areas that currently have none. Humans who have never experienced electricity would suddenly have it on tap!
This technology has almost been perfected and is of vital importance to the human race. The idea is to be able to grow produce inside, without the traditional use of sunlight. LED lighting is being used to encourage plant growth and there are even targeted sequences to ensure every plant gets the best conditions to grow.
The beauty of indoor farms is that they can be created anywhere, take up far less room than a conventional farm and can actually generate plants quicker. With just a few more details to work out and issues to solve, indoor farming could soon be a reality and signal the end of world hunger!