Throughout the past decade, new technology inventions have changed the way we live, work and play. It has become easier to get jobs, easier to communicate and educate, and easier to access information. It has also made life more comfortable and productive for many people, especially those with disabilities.
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the technology that can answer questions from humans and perform other tasks on their own. Robots are already in use to clean schools, assist students, and perform other tasks. These technologies are expected to be a buzz in the coming years. This decade is going to be filled with robots and robot technology to create a better world.
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is an important emerging technology. This technology is being implemented in many different smart home devices, such as lights, locks, and refrigerators. It is also being applied in cars and other transportation devices. It is expected to become a major technology trend in 2022. Using this technology, people can lock doors, turn on lights, and start their cars before they even arrive at home. It has also been used to create “green” ammonia. This type of technology uses renewable energy to power cars, saving energy and decreasing pollution.
Bioprinting has become a major emerging technology. In fact, lab-grown meat is expected to be the main source of meat consumption in the next decade. This type of meat is free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and does not produce greenhouse gas emissions. Its taste is similar to traditional meat.
Graphene, a two-atom-thick layer of carbon, conducts electricity extremely well. It is also stronger than steel. This type of material could eventually replace silicon. However, it will likely take a few years for graphene products to replace silicon. This type of material has many uses, including in electronics, semiconductors, and computer components.
Breath sensors are another emerging technology. These sensors look for changes in electrical resistance as breath compounds flow over a metal-oxide semiconductor. These sensors can diagnose diseases by sampling breath compounds. They also wirelessly charge low-powered devices. They need to be refined before widespread use, however.
Artificial limbs are a great way to enhance a person’s quality of life. For example, bionic limbs can respond to brain signals, which can make it easier to perform daily tasks. Researchers are also working on wireless brain implants. In addition, researchers are creating a fabric that can detect sounds, which could be woven into fishnets to detect fish sounds.
Researchers are also working on glasses that are equipped with cameras. This technology could help people with vision impairments. The glasses would send data directly to an implant. It would also allow people to see a rudimentary version of their vision, which could help people navigate their way around.
The Institute for the Future is a research organization that explores foresight about the future. Its breakthroughs vary from cool to weird. Its predictions are based on data capturing and data processing. Researchers hope to have the technology ready for consumer use by 2026.