Seven Breakthrough Technologies in 2018


You should know what’s unfolding now. Technologies have stayed prevailing. Others will take a decade or more to develop. Now let’s take a look at seven technologies breakthrough that will somehow hit our 12 months of the calendar.


1. Self-driving Track

Tractor-trailers without a human at the wheel will soon barrel onto highways near you. Could a computer have done better on the wheel? Or would it have done worse? We will probably find out in the next few years! The opportunities and challenges posed by self-driving trucks might seem to echo those associated with self-driving cars. Technology will somehow make it to public roads in the not-too-distant future, but timing will be crucial.


2. Paying with Your Face

Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Having been added to a database, your face now provides automatic access to the building. It can also be used to monitor movements through each room inside. Over the past few years, computers and technology is expanding quickly in the interest of both surveillance and convenience. Face recognition might transform everything from policing to the way people interact every day with banks, stores, and transportation services.


3. The 360-Degree Selfie

Cameras are opening a new era in photography and changing the way people share stories. The camera that creates 360° pictures can do more than just watch the feed. They can use their mouse cursor (on a computer) or finger (on a smartphone or tablet) to pan around the image in a circle or scroll up to view the forest canopy and down to see the ground. If they look at the image through a virtual-reality headset, they can rotate the photo by moving their head, intensifying the illusion that they are in the woods.


4. Hot Solar Cells

By converting heat to focused beams of light, a new solar device could create cheap and continuous power. Solar panels cover a growing number of rooftops! Scientists have built a different sort of solar energy device that uses innovative engineering and advances in materials science to capture far more of the sun’s energy. The trick is first to turn sunlight into heat and then convert it back into the light but now focused on the spectrum that solar cells can use.


5. Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement learning is largely how AlphaGo, a computer developed by a subsidiary of Alphabet called DeepMind, mastered the impossibly complex board game Go and beat one of the best human players in the world in a high-profile match last year.


6. Reversing Paralysis

Scientists are making remarkable progress in using brain implants to restore the freedom of movement that spinal cord injuries take away.


7. T Practical Quantum Computers

Advances at Google, Intel, and several research groups indicate that computers with previously unimaginable power are finally within reach.

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