We take for granted that just 30 years ago it would take weeks to send a letter around the world and now email can do this instantly. Some might forget that all phones were attached to a wall before the 70’s and computers were bigger than your living room. Now we carry these things in our pockets.
The little things we don’t appreciate –like defective or inaccurate gadgets– play a part in painting a much bigger picture. Without them, technological progression would never even exist. Among these defects were anomalies that excel in all expectations (I’m thinking Smart Phones and Video Games). Its undeniable that technologies like these changed our lives, and more technology will follow. The question is, “What are we waiting for?” and “What should we expect?”
Let’s talk about what we have now. New technology is designed every day but only some will lead to progressive anomalies, like smartphones. Even this had to start somewhere and it started with things like the “Bag Phone”. Technology we’re waiting for and technology that can change the world is likely in front of our eyes in an early stage of it’s life.
Technology That Can Change The World
While considering many areas, here are 3 developing technologies that can change the world:
Batteries came a long way between the 80’s and 90’s, especially when Lithium ion was made commercial by Sony in 1991. Significant improvements were made through the millennium up until now but still remain as a drawback in portable technology.
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A few existing battery technologies:
- Lead-acid batteries (Car)
- Alkaline batteries (Watches/Remotes)
- Aluminum-ion batteries (Under development)
- Mercury batteries (Banned in many countries)
- Silver-oxide batteries (Military grade/space ships/submarines)
- Lithium-ion (Portable electronic)
- Solid-State metal-oxide (New)
Of these battery technologies, lithium-ion holds the market in portables, smartphones & wearable tech. The ability to recharge along with it’s power capacity and efficiency brought a lot of attention toward lithium-ion studies. Some would argue over it’s efficiency, however in the last 20 years it has improved dramatically. (See history on Wikipedia)
Developer Idea: “Could a combination of technologies be a temporary answer to some questions? Smart watches for example could have a primary non-rechargeable battery to power the essential clock feature. While the sensors and cpu can be powered by a rechargeable Li-on. Giving users long lasting time and smart features whenever they need it.”
For now, recent breakthroughs in the scientific community are finding likely candidates that could replace lithium-ion. More efficient, faster charging, safer and cheaper to make. One such company –JBT “Johnson Battery Technologies“– is aiming to do just that. Their solid-state metal-oxide batteries could be a long awaited solution that could power the world and of course change the world. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
Video Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y39WNUdbkM
Not long ago, sensors would only have been thought of as thermometers, wireless receivers, automatic lights/doors, or hospital equipment. Smartphones have been a great playground for developing sensors and have become very accurate. Now they are being used in developing wearable technology. These sensors collect, analyze and convert data which is displayed showing the wearer information such as steps made, distance traveled, elevation, temperature and more. Fast forwarding us to a very near future will show us sensors everywhere we look.
- Pressure sensor
- Ultrasonic sensor
- Humidity Sensor
- Gas Sensor
- PIR Motion Sensor
- Acceleration sensor
- Displacement sensor
- photon sensor
- ,, and many, many, many more …
Smart homes are something very real and becoming very affordable because of the advancement of sensory technology. This is no doubt technology that can change the world around us. Many have already integrated automated systems at home such as temperature and lights but as we bring in more sensors we will find more automation. Sensors can change the room environment for when people are present, or even provide more specific changes for specific people. With this rapid development it’s promising to see many new things because of it but we’re already sampling a wonderful taste of whats near. Check out the video below to sample it yourself.
Video Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36eiALtS40I
It so seems that Hollywood is hot on the trail of predicting the future.. Or maybe they’re writing the future. Giving ideas for creation to those eager enough to pursuit the challenge. Like in the movie “Echelon Conspiracy” we are not far off from having computers that think for themselves. Some would say we’re already approaching that stage. When the super computer was developed in the 80’s it was like moving from a 2 way highway to a major 5 or 6 lane freeway. What we are about to talk about is like moving from the major freeway and heading into space.
Recently released, Intel has developed a new type of “Brain Chip” that doesn’t use the american standard binary code. It’s called TrueNorth, and it instead uses a neuro-like-network similar to a real brain (Sensory technology plays a strong part here). Taking this step beyond binary computing is a leap for computer intelligence and uncharted territory for it’s developers. It’s now a race among IBM experts to develop the most brain-like computer possible and that requires creating a whole new language and architecture to operate it while educating others of how to develop upon it. If this is achieved we will see what true artificial intelligence is capable of. Will it change the world?
Video Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J69EJxUr8mw
We can only imagine what each new decade will bring us because each one has surprises each time. The three technologies we’ve discussed here (batteries, sensors, and artificial intelligence) are those we think will have the strongest impact on our lives in the future. Share your opinions in the comments and if you think of another type of technology that can change the world, do let us know!