Over the past decade, we’ve experienced technological growth like never before. Technology is an essential part of our everyday lives. Where would you be without your cell phone? Without our devices and technology, we’d be lost (sometimes literally). Many technologies being studied right now will affect our lives in the upcoming years. Are you prepared? Check out these innovative technologies to keep on your radar:
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🌱 Environmental Technologies
Green tech has exploded over the last few years, with more people and companies investing in clean energy solutions. Improvements in wind, solar, and hydropower technologies have reduced costs and officially made renewable energy more affordable than fossil fuels. As we journey deeper into the clean energy transition, we’ll see more governments focus on scaling these technologies to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
Of course, wind, solar, and hydropower aren’t new concepts, but one green energy solution most people haven’t heard about is green hydrogen, a clean energy source made from renewables. Green hydrogen creates zero pollution and is the cleanest form of hydrogen, making it significantly more environmentally friendly than gray hydrogen created from methane.
🌬️ Gene Editing
You’ve heard of gene splicing, but have you heard of gene editing? Gene editing technology won the Nobel Prize just a few years ago and is currently used as a research tool to help discover new treatments. For example, gene-editing therapy has been used to help treat a range of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, with a single mutation. However, research suggests that it may be able to treat other conditions like chronic pain.
🎥 Live Streaming
Live streaming is the action of delivering video or audio content in real-time to your audience. This started in the early 2000s and has drastically increased ever since. The most common form of streaming is through Live streaming gaming or social media. For example, Twitch launched in 2011 for users to video live stream and have an audience watch or interact with them.
Also, social media platforms have added a function to include live streaming. Take Instagram and Twitter as an example, on Instagram, you can watch your favorite artists live stream and talk to you, sing, and interact. On Twitter, you can live stream news and events happening right now.
Not only that, but with the growth of live streaming many have been able to use this as a source of income. With the proper equipment and safety measures many individuals can make a profit off of live streaming. In addition, live streaming has helped businesses and corporations reach a new and untapped target audience.
In the end, live streaming has taken over a huge part of the technological world as more people are straying away from television and using their phones to interact and stay updated on the latest news and events.
🤖 Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic in the last few months with the release of ChatGPT, which has attracted millions of users. This technology is only expected to grow as it can learn and adapt based on new information and experiences. Technologies like text-to-image generators have drastically changed how we view and use graphic design, while AI writers have helped businesses scale their content marketing efforts. However, those aren’t the only things we can use AI for.
AI refers to the use of robots and software to mimic human behavior. With technologies like RPA platforms that connect bots, businesses can use hyper-automation to increase their efficiency and reduce costs. For example, you can use RPA to manage the entire process of applying for a job or scheduling patient appointments.
AI will be closely watched this year, especially as it relates to generating content since there are concerns about its accuracy and copyright protections.
🚀 Flying Cars
People in the 80s thought we’d have flying cars by now, but obviously, that wasn’t the case. However, while it may seem like flying cars were put on hold for more realistic types of automobiles like electric vehicles, many companies have been hyper-focused on flying cars for the last few decades. Now, that dream can become a reality. There’s currently a working prototype of a flying car from a company called Aska, and they plan to start production in the next few years. The flying car is currently known as the A5 and doesn’t look how you’d expect. Instead, it looks like a smaller version of a helicopter, which is obviously not safe for the road. Unfortunately, you’ll need a pilot’s license to operate it, so the flying car isn’t quite ready for regular consumers.
🚗 Connected Vehicles
Electric and hybrid vehicles have taken the front seat in terms of auto innovations. However, an innovative technology you might not know about is connected vehicles, which connect over wireless networks to other devices. Connected vehicles can connect to other vehicles and traffic lights to reduce risk on the roadways, and it’s all made possible by the advancements of the IoT. Currently, many municipalities are trialing connected vehicles in their fleets to demonstrate efficacy, but soon we expect this technology to be available for all drivers.
The metaverse is a complex concept that refers to the use of several types of technologies and how we use them. The main technologies we’re referring to when referencing the metaverse are virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), which have only continued to evolve over the past several years. While the metaverse is a term thrown around to refer to a lot of different types of digital worlds, one thing to keep on your radar is the metaverse and how it relates to work. The metaverse allows us to have immersive environments while working remotely to enable better collaboration. Many companies are already experimenting with VR and AR for various functions, such as employee training, and the virtual world will continue to impact the real world as time goes on.
Most people only know the word “blockchain” as it relates to cryptocurrency. However, it has many different use cases since it’s highly secure and can be used to create decentralized products and/or services. Using the blockchain to decentralize the same data we store in the cloud will make it safer and allow it better accessibility.
🦾 Humanized Robots
We already have robots that perform various functions, but recent advancements have made them more human. Now, robots can act and look like us and be used in the real world to perform various job functions like acting as bartenders or servers. Robots will also continue to perform complex tasks in the logistics industries while working alongside their human companions.
Of course, we expect robots to also appear in our homes, with several companies working on robots that look and act just like us and perform simple tasks like basic household chores.
🌞 Final Thoughts
These are just a few innovative technologies to keep on your radar over the next few years because they will eventually impact our lives. As these technologies enter our homes and hit the roads, we get to become a part of history. But, of course, there are several concerns regarding our technological advancements, so it’ll be important to look at how the legislature changes over the next few years.
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