There’s not a single aspect of the human experience that hasn’t been touched by technology. Everything from industry, to medicine, to how we work has been fundamentally reshaped by the technologies which emerged in the second half of the 20th century. At the start of the year 2000, very few people had access to the internet. But due to advancement in technology and telecom sector, almost everyone is now having the access to the internet. If you are reading this, you are already the part of this community.
Have you ever wondered what our future will look like? There’s a lot of game changing evolutions that are happening at this very moment, which may change the future of mankind. Here are some of the most promising new ideas that could change the world in the upcoming years.
1. Artificial Intelligence
AI or artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning (the acquisition of information and rules for using the information), reasoning (using the rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions), and self-correction. We have artificial intelligence like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant. Whenever the big players in tech are competing with one another on something like AI, it could become the next big thing.
There are a lot of advancements in this domain since the time Google open sourced their AI engine TensorFlow. That time is not too far when we’ll see a live example of J.A.R.V.I.S. from the Iron Man movie. (J.A.R.V.I.S. stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System)
2. Data Analytics and Prediction
Predictive analytics is an area of statistics that deals with extracting information from data and using it to predict trends and behavior patterns. It will enable us to make data-driven decision and distinguish the deviations from the predicted path. Whether it is the prediction of your age based on your daily lifestyle, climate change or deprecation of Ozone layer due to Global Warming, or opening of a new warehouse to a new geography; it can help mankind in a lot of ways.
Wouldn’t it be great if you have the ability to predict the impact of your each and every decision, and accordingly plan for your path? There are a lot of innovations happening this area and one of its example is Prophet, which is a Prediction Engine open-sourced by Facebook on Feb 23, 2017. I am expecting more advancements in this sector in the near future.
3. Space Travel
You must have seen space in the Sci-Fi movies, and would have wondered about going out there. Every time you see a rocket launched and thunderously clawing its way above the Earth’s atmosphere, this represents an expenditure of tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars. Earlier, rockets have been a single-use object. But March 30, 2017 was the historic day when SpaceX successfully reused a rocket to launch a satellite into space.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX in 2002 has long been a proponent of colonizing the planet Mars and he has used his considerable wealth to develop reusable rocket technology. I see this as a major advancement which increased the probability of Space Travel for normal people.
4. Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. It allows gamers to physically look around worlds of wonder, tourists to take a simulated tour of the moon, or potentially even taking videoconferencing to the next level, potential applications are endless.
It’s too early to tell, but Mark Zuckerberg believes in the concept so strongly that Facebook paid $2 billion to buy Oculus, the maker of the Oculus Rift headset. Mark announced this acquisition on his Facebook post on March 26, 2014.
5. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.
While companies like Facebook and Sony are busying themselves with virtual reality, other companies like Microsoft and Google want to bring digital images into the real world. With an augmented reality headset like Microsoft’s HoloLens, you can still see the world around you, but it’s filled with digital images that look like they’re right in front of you. It’s reality, but better.
Potential applications for augmented reality include education, skill-based training, advertising, and gaming. If augmented reality takes off, you may be able to see whatever kind of information you want overlaid across your vision. That could be useful in any number of ways.
- Wikipedia – Predictive Analytics
- CNN – Elon Musk is changing the rules of space travel
- TechTarget – AI (Artificial Intelligence), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR)
- CheatSheet – 7 Technologies That Could Be the Next Big Thing