The technological advancements that humans have managed to achieve in the past few years are considered to be one of mankind’s greatest achievements. We’ve cracked the code for living longer; we’ve made life more comfortable with microwaves, heating systems and transportation systems; we keep ourselves well entertained thanks to televisions, game consoles and Netflix. We are a connected generation; whenever electricity or our phone battery dies, we fumble around to see how we will spend our otherwise technologically-centred time. We’d be lost without technology, and as time passes, technological creations seem to get stranger yet more and more convenient.
In fiction and sci-fi movies, technology is often presented in a far-fetched way. The stuff we are fed with seems way too advanced to be developed in our current time; perhaps when we are older or no longer alive. In reality, much of the technological advancements being made at the moment are enough to make one realise that the sci-fi predictions are not as far out of our reach as we thought they were. This is the future of technology:
A lot of science fiction predicts that our future will be full of drones flying across our skies, spying on people and documenting their every action. Well we’re not that far off. Drones are already pretty established at the moment, but Amazon is working on taking it a step further by introducing a delivery service system run by drones. Imagine ordering something online and within half an hour, a miniature hybrid between a helicopter and a plane delivers your order to your doorstep. Amazon Prime Air was announced last December and will only launch once safe operation is confirmed. It will be able to dodge pigeons and other birds, and will only be available for emergencies at first (we can imagine the cost), but who knows, it might be the next big thing for the future of deliveries.
As disturbing as this vision might sound, recent scientific experiments have successfully managed to create pig embryos with a small fraction of human cells. Dystopian fiction has warned us about this plenty of times, but such a discovery means that eventually, it might very well be possible that we could grow whole human organs for transplants. There are still a lot of ethical hurdles to overcome, but in terms of organ duplication, the future is looking quite bright.
Haven’t you always dreamt of having a superpower? Of being able to move things with a flick of a finger or with your mind? Well, now it’s possible. Our childhood dreams are slowly becoming a reality (to a certain extent). Eye tribe created a technology where you can control a tablet, play a flight simulator and even virtually slice fruit by just moving your eyes. Who knows what else your eyes could be able to control within a few years?
Machines that Listen
In Cambridge, a company called Audio Analytic is training machine learning systems to successfully identify different sounds of breaking glass; this would mean that machines will be able to distinguish between a broken plate and a burglary. It is also being trained on certain alarms and even crying babies. This would be a game change for smart technology, but it is also one step closer to having very intelligent machines; whether or not this is a good thing is up to you to decide.
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