New technologies are developing and filtering into all areas of human activity. Elon Musk talks about the colonization of Mars and the global Internet coverage. If a few decades ago it could be attributed to the field of science fiction, today such reasoning look quite sensible. Tech Informer shares a selection of projects that are planning to start very soon.
Earth-orbiting satellites play an incredibly important role in the development of digital infrastructure and scientific research. However, the launch of each such satellite costs a considerable amount. Thanks to the efforts of Elon Musk and other space enthusiasts in recent years, the cost of starts has significantly decreased. However, you can make satellites even cheaper by reducing their size.
Today, CubeSat already exists – standardized cubic satellites with dimensions of 10x10x11.35 cm. Such miniature satellites are for use in photographing, atmospheric observations, navigation, and other orbital “routine.” Tim Harford, one of the most respected economists in the world and a regular contributor to the column “Undercover The Economist” in the Financial Times, predicts that in 2019 we will witness some similar miniature space satellites that people have never seen before.
BRAIN: YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY
All information about the world around us we get with the help of five natural types of feelings – touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight. Data, whether it is information about the scent of flowers or text from a book, is input by the senses, and then processed in the brain.
David Eagleman, a professor at Stanford University and the author of the best-selling book “The Brain: The Story of You,” believes that we are very close to the possibility of expanding the range of basic feelings with something new. The author argues that with the help of technology you can stream data directly into the brain, forming something like a new, sixth sense. It may sound like a fantasy, but according to the professor, quite a bit remains to implement this idea. Probably, we will see the first experiments with this fantastic technology next year.
Perhaps one of the most ambitious transport projects of our time is the Hyperloop vacuum train. According to billionaire and founder of the “Virgin group” Richard Branson, quite a bit is still there to work on before the implementation of this project. Of course, in 2019 the first commercial route is unlikely to be laid. However, the plan, for sure, will come to the finish line.
BLOCKHOUSE IN THE WORLD OF ART
The global market for works of art is growing every year, but the number and quality of fakes are also increasing. The blockchain technology has already proven its effectiveness in the banking sector, but now it can come to art.
Former British Culture Minister Ed Weyzi believes that using the blockchain can make this market more transparent and safe. According to Weezy, approximately 5% of all the capacities of the blockchain technology are in the field of art now. In 2019, this share can significantly increase.
WIRELESS CHARGING GADGETS
Many users of modern smartphones are already now rather tired of the fact that their multi functional and advanced device is not so high-tech regarding autonomy. Of course, justification of this situation is by the impossibility of introducing a durable battery into such small devices; however, this problem was not solved not that long ago by the invention of wireless charging. Apple is going to launch the second generation of AirPods wireless headphones in 2019. And along with them, the release of AirPower is just around the corner – charging, on which you can simultaneously charge your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.
Now you can connect the gadget with a particular device and use it at home or work without having to put a bedside table near the outlet.
FAKE VIDEOS WILL BECOME MORE REALISTIC
This year we first saw Deep fake – a method of synthesizing human images based on artificial intelligence. The neural network is used to create very realistic fake videos. Users have fun by swapping the faces of politicians, actors, and other celebrities. However, as the algorithm learns, the results of its work become more and more realistic.
Technology is changing the world already. Change beyond recognition. Five years ago, a handful of people understood what a mobile application is and how to use it. Today, every third on Earth carries a smartphone in his pocket, with 95 apps installed.
Ten years ago, we bought optical DVDs to record music, family photos, computer programs, and movies. Today we store information in the cloud – in a mythical place where data from all over the world is accumulated and processed.
For many, the workplace was a work computer and corporate mail installed on it. Besides, to do your job, it was necessary to be strictly present in the office. Today, employees are mobile – they do not sit in the office from 9 AM to 6 PM to pass the project. They work anywhere and no matter on which device – laptop, tablet, smartphone-less frames, more creativity.
Previously, the computer occupied the floor, then the cabinet. Later, personal computers appeared that were put on the table. Now the laptop is placed on the palm. Moreover, its power is thousands of times higher than the power of the first giants.
Computational capabilities are growing exponentially; the speed of change in the world is also having its moment, and this means that global technological changes will occur shortly, which will surpass the achievements of the past decades.
And to stay in the stream and not be thrown to the side of the road, it is worth learning to benefit from modern technologies, and this will require knowledge of where the world is heading.
Melisa Marzett is an avid volleyball and chess player let alone writer and a coffee drinker. Among her current achievements is work for star-writers.com and many published guest posts. She is a fan of Stephen King`s books who wanted to become a horror story writer as well when she was just a little girl.