15 New Life-Changing Technologies

If you look at history, the number of things that we have invented over 100 years is astounding! From horse-drawn carriages to self-driving automobiles, who would have imagined what we could do in a hundred years? Based on this premise alone, our innovation potential is limitless going forward. Discover a list of 15 life-changing technologies.

Future technology: 15 New Life-Changing Technologies

#1. Serverless Computing                                                                                                   

Serverless Computing is a new way to use and pay for computing resources. In serverless computing, you don’t have to think about servers at all. All you have to do is write code. Because the servers that run and scale your code are hidden behind an API, you don’t have to worry about maintaining them or provisioning them or patching them or backing them up or any of the things that come with operating physical and virtual servers.

The cloud provider is responsible for all of that. You can think of Serverless Computing as an event-driven, push-button, “leave-it-to-the-cloud” approach to writing web apps. That’s different from the traditional approach, in which developers build, run, and operate their own servers. With Serverless Computing you don’t have to provision or think about scaling or maintaining any servers. A cloud provider (like Amazon, Google, or Microsoft) does all that for you.

#2. Biometrics

Biometrics (from Greek βίος bios “life” and metron “measure”) is a technology that measures and analyzes human body features for authentication purposes. Biometrics are unique to individuals, irremovable, and inherently reliable, and can be used in many ways for positive identification.

Biometric identifiers are used to identify individuals in groups that are under surveillance, including at borders and in some countries in law enforcement. They are also used to identify individuals in groups that require positive identification, such as the military and intelligence services, law enforcement agencies, large corporations, and other organizations that require high security.

#3. Augmented, Virtual Reality, Metaverse

Augmented Reality, Metaverse and Virtual Reality are the three technologies that have the greatest potential to change the way we live and work. Augmented reality superimposes computer-generated images in the real world. They can be a visual overlay, a message, a video – anything that augments the real world in some way. 

The metaverse is a virtual universe. It is a 3D space where people live, work and play. You can add or take away elements, like buildings and decorations on a computer. In fact, you can change anything you want while you are there. 

The Metaverse is the next stage of social evolution, a collective virtual space, cyberspace. It lets you be anything you can imagine.

#4. Blockchain 

Blockchain is a technology that makes possible the existence of cryptocurrencies like BitCoin and Ethereum. With Blockchain, transactions are kept track of and verified by a computer network, instead of a central authority. This means that anyone on the network can verify that each transaction is valid, which makes Blockchain impervious to fraud and some forms of cyber attack.

It is possible to look at any blockchain and confirm the validity of the transactions within it; the data is transparent, open, and available. The blockchain technology is the foundation of Bitcoin, but today it has the potential to do so much more.

#5. Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing is the name given to a theoretical computer that is the most powerful computer ever imagined. It is based on the innovative use of natural laws from the realm of quantum physics. This means that it uses speedy qubits (quantum bits) to carry out its computational operations, which are controlled or altered by quantum gates.

Qubits can be in multiple states at once, unlike regular bits that can only be in one state at any one time. It was first theorized in 1994 by Professor David Deutsch. It can be used in a range of fields such as material science, weather forecasting, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and space exploration. It is expected that with the help of Quantum Computing, it will be possible to solve problems which no other computer in existence could solve.

#6. Wireless electricity transmission 

Wireless electricity transmission is the transmission of electrical energy without the use of connecting wires. This can be achieved when the transmitter is synchronized with the receiver. It is common in sci-fi movies where everything is operated through wireless power transmission like- charging cell phones, laptops, cars etc. 

Although the current technique of wireless power transmission is not that much developed and still in the research phase. So it’s hard to say when this technology will become a science.

#7. Nuclear fusion energy

Nuclear fusion is a thermonuclear reaction that takes place in the core of a star in which two nuclei come close enough to form one nucleus and in the process energy is released. This is the process that keeps the sun shining. It is the opposite of nuclear fission.

#8. Graphene

Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material in the world. It is 200 times stronger than steel, but it is flexible and can be molded into any shape. Graphene is the strongest material known to man. It is only 1 atom thick, yet it is stronger than diamond.

It is the most expensive material in the world. It conducts electricity better than copper wire, and it is more flexible than any other known material. It can carry 6 times more electricity than copper wire of the same diameter. Graphene is a very light material.

It is 200 times stronger than steel and it is the strongest material to date. Also, graphene is a very good heat conductor. Graphene is black. It is a very flexible material and can be made into any shape. 

#9. Nanotechnology 

Nanotechnology is the engineering and manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Nanotechnology deals with the design, characterization, production, and application of structures, devices, and systems by controlling shape and size.

Nanotechnology is a growing industry. Already, many products have been created with nanotechnology. Some of these products are in medicine, electronics and computers, and energy production.

#10. Wearable devices

Wearable devices are the next generation of technology. It may look like a device, but it is actually a lifestyle. You can carry the device around and interact with it to perform different activities. The device can be wearable on your wrist, on your neck, on your eye, on your ear and even on your shoe.  The device is free from wires and is connected to the Internet.

The first wearable device is Google glass, which is like high-tech glasses which helps you to capture pictures, get alerts and do many more amazing things.  Other wearable devices include Smartwatches, health trackers and smart bands.

#11. Big Data and Machine Learning 

Big Data is the concept of data sets so large that they become difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The three Vs – Volume, Velocity, and Variety refer to the three characteristics of Big Data: Volume – the vast amount of data being generated, Velocity – the speed at which it’s generated and Variety – the different types of data. 

Machine Learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. A branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning uses algorithms to allow computers to crawl through vast data sets, identify previously unknown patterns, and make predictions that help us understand our world and make predictions about future events. A combination of Big Data and Machine Learning has created a buzzword – ‘Big Data Machine Learning’ or ‘Billion Dollar Industry.

#12. Supply chain intelligence

Supply chain intelligence is the process of utilizing information technology to support the management of the supply chain by sharing data and information among supply chain partners. The goal of supply chain intelligence is to drive efficiencies and growth through better supply chain management.  An effective SCI tool unifies the information from all members of the supply chain and supports the sharing of information between partners in the supply chain.  With a centralized database, companies can easily share information, such as orders, product information, and inventory data.  This enables better visibility and analysis of the supply chain, which can be used to improve planning, forecasting, and customer service.

#13. Realistic holographs

Holography is a technology that allows a 3D image to be created with light. From a holography viewpoint, the important thing is not the image but the light. A hologram uses specific types of light, called coherent light, to produce a 3D image.

It does this by recording the interference pattern generated when two beams of coherent light, laser light, for example, interact with each other.

The holograms that we normally see in museums and TV shows, or the holograms used in ID cards (called reflection holograms) are created using double-slit interference. But this is not the only type of interference that can be used to produce holographs. All types of interference can be used, including single-slit-interference. We could even use diffraction instead of interference, although I have never seen a hologram produced using this method.

#14. Direct air capture

Direct air capture is a method of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Unlike traditional carbon capture, direct air capture methods do not require a source of clean/pure CO2. They also do not require a scrubber or any complex equipment.  In fact, direct air capture is a relatively cheap concept. The main cost is energy, but the energy cost can be accounted for using existing infrastructure. The technology that is currently being worked on requires little more than a large plastic ‘cloud’ filled with liquid.

Anything that comes in contact with the cloud could be used to supply the power. Companies like Carbon Engineering and Global Thermostat are already developing the technology. The potential for Direct Air Capture to be a viable option for greenhouse mitigation is high. It is still too early to tell if the technology will prove to be cost-effective, but the potential is certainly there.

#15. Bionics

Bionics is the application of systems and engineering principles that mimic biological systems in the design of products and systems. The design disciplines within bionics include biomimetics, biomaterials, bionanotechnology, neurobiological, neuroengineering, neurocomputing, and neuroinformatics.