7 Amazing Technologies That Are Changing The World
How has technology changed the world? Let’s take a look at seven amazing technologies that are changing the world around us and our relationship with it, and what we can expect in the future!
1) Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Virtual reality (VR) is not new, but it’s become more popular thanks to VR headsets like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR. In 2015, we saw more competition in the VR space as Google Cardboard was released as a low-cost solution for anyone who wants to give VR a try.
As these two technologies continue to evolve and improve, they will change how we interact with friends and family and consume information online. Augmented reality (AR), on the other hand, provides a layer of digital interaction on top of what we see in our real lives.
2) 3D Printing
It’s like magic, but it’s real! 3D printing is here, and it has changed everything. In just a few short years, devices that were once only available to a select few people with access to cutting-edge technology are now as ubiquitous as your printer at home. These amazing devices make it possible for you to print out anything you can imagine—it’s like having superpowers.
For example, if your son or daughter brings home their favorite action figure one day and accidentally breaks off an arm, instead of scouring toy stores around town hoping you can find a replacement, use some 3D printing software to print yourself a brand new one on your office printer.
3) Blockchain Technology
Blockchain technology has a lot of potential and experts believe it can help make our lives easier. From digital security to ownership verification, there are plenty of ideas that are already in play. You can expect to see blockchain technology everywhere in your life soon; from personal computers to credit cards, you won’t know what’s changed until you notice something different about them.
In other words, blockchain technology is coming…and it’s changing everything we do. Even if you aren’t sure what it is yet! Once you read up on blockchain technology and its potential uses, your mind will be blown by how much we have yet to learn about one of the most valuable innovations of all time: blockchain technology.
4) AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning
These terms are often used interchangeably, but there are key differences between them. Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence that gives computers (and robots) data-crunching skills similar to those of living organisms. Deep learning is a more specific type of machine learning in which machines are trained on tons of data sets with many different variables and taught to identify patterns to make predictions or choices later on.
Artificial intelligence, on the other hand, is any system that allows humans to interact with it and that can then react based on the information given by humans. The ultimate goal for many technology companies developing AI systems is creating a self-aware system that’s smarter than humans—but experts believe we’re still decades away from achieving that kind of sentience for machines.
5) Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars have been a hot topic for quite some time now, but in 2022, we may finally start to see them take off. Even if you’re not yet ready to get behind the wheel of one yourself, their impact will be felt by everyone, starting with transportation and evolving into many other industries. It’s easy to see why so many people are excited about self-driving cars. They’ll reduce traffic accidents (which account for more than 30% of fatalities each year in America) by taking away human error.
Do you ever get annoyed by someone speaking into their cell phone at a restaurant or sitting in front of you on an airplane? If so, you’re going to love nanotechnology. One day soon, we’ll have smart clothes and intelligent headphones that block out all ambient noise when we need it most. Nanomaterials are also beginning to change how pharmaceuticals are administered and how medical devices work.
But perhaps nothing is more important than nitrocellulose—an ultra-lightweight material that’s strong enough to stop a bullet and may even save us from climate change one day. When wood fiber is pulped with bacteria and heated under pressure, it separates into individual nano cells—tiny plant cells that can be molded into almost any shape imaginable.
7) Space Exploration Technologies
Launched in 2010, SpaceX plans to ship cargo to Mars by 2024 and people by 2025. The company had launched an uncrewed Dragon capsule in 2018, and a crewed version two years later. Then it plans to use its Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) for longer journeys between Earth and Mars.
Though no one has traveled beyond low-Earth orbit since Apollo 17 launched in 1972, SpaceX thinks it can get a million people to Mars within 40-100 years—and possibly just 100 humans after that! While we might not be seeing Mars colonists anytime soon, SpaceX’s progress in technology could lead to other earth-bound innovations like cheaper space travel or even better AI technologies.
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