August 28, 2017

5 Exciting Technologies Set to Reshape the Future

Just a few centuries ago, a large majority of the human population lived in extreme poverty. Life
expectancy was very low across the globe, and only a small segment of the population could read and
write. Thanks to advancements in science and technology, however, we now live in a completely
different world. Still, more improvements are on the way.

There are a good number of upcoming technologies set to transform the world in the future. And the
world is excited about them. Here’s a look at a few of those:

Clean energy

So far, efforts to combat climate change have seen much success. Fortunately, scientists, innovators are
working hard to make the vision of clean, affordable and sustainable energy a reality for everyone. As an
example, the price of solar panels has dramatically dropped in the past few decades, and as a result,
many poor populations can afford solar power installations for their homes.

Tesla is already manufacturing electric cars, and it’s only a matter of time before fossil fuels are
completely replaced. Wind energy generation is also on the rise. In fact, countries like Germany are
producing much more renewable energy than they can use.

Self-driving cars

Every year, more than one million people die people perish in car-related accidents. Pedestrians,
motorcyclists and bicyclists account for about half of these deaths. But self-driving cars are set to change
all that. These cars will be much safer in most conditions, and it’s not long before they become common
on our roads. Google is pioneering research in this space and has already conducted very promising
tests.

In most cities, parked cars take up a large chunk of the usable space. And the problem is that they
remain parked most of the time. Self-driving cars, on the other hand, will constantly be on the move.
You’ll probably be able to hail a nearby car with a smartphone app, in a similar fashion to the new taxi
companies. To avoid accidents and traffic build-ups, cars will be able to communicate with each otherand make smart decisions.

Drones

Drones were first built for military application but are now set for commercial and consumer
applications as well. Already, drones are being used for scientific surveys and in the fight against animal
poaching. And before long, Amazon and other ecommerce companies will be using them to ship
household items. Delivery efficiency is therefore expected to significantly improve.

In the field of medicine, drones will be used for emergency delivery of medicine and other supplies in
the hard-to- reach areas. In times of natural disasters, it will be possible to save many lives thanks to the
navigation ability of drones.

Nanotechnology

For many years now, scientists have been talking about the amazing potential of nanorobots. This is
essentially technology built at a nano scale and therefore invisible to the naked eye. A number of
breakthroughs have already been made, and it’s also just a matter of time before you see them
everywhere.

Although the world of nanorobotics is only just beginning, nanorobots are already being seen as the
answer to many of the challenges facing humanity. They are set to bring about a revolution in the fields
of medicine, computing, energy and space exploration. In the treatment of cancer for example,
nanorobots will be used to target and destroy cancer cells. Other diseases will also be dealt with in the
same manner.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, or AI, can bring about improvements in many fields. AI systems are based on
collecting massive amounts of data in order to handle tasks in a smart way. The goal of AI is to liberate
us from many of the repetitive tasks we have to deal with every day. Google, Facebook and other tech
giants are already building Ai systems to help in the efficient management of their data centers

Many people are however worried that AI will take away their jobs. But going by the history of
technological advancements, new jobs are likely to emerge as a result of this technology. As an example,
lots of people today work as social media marketers, graphic designers, app developers, etc. Only two
decades ago, it would have been hard to imagine such a thing.