While many emerging technologies end up burning out and failing, some of them take control of the world. They don’t just change industries. They create new ones like the original Apple smartphone announced back in 2007.
And yet, many of these innovations start off as ideas, mere hunches or impulses streaming through someone’s consciousness. The difficulty lies in incarnating the idea, in transforming it from language to reality.
In this article, we discuss the 5 emerging technologies that are on the verge of making this important step into our everyday lives.
The idea of an autonomous vehicle has been around since the dawn of artificial intelligence back in 1969. But this unprecedented concept has only recently been considered a feasible option. This perspective shift began with self-parking systems in the early 2000’s and reached its recent peak with Uber announcing its intentions to enter the self-driving market in 2015.
Google is perhaps the industry’s leader with its Waymo project, which it started back in 2009. Waymo is planning on competing with Uber in the ride-hailing industry, focusing first on Phoenix, Arizona.
We think this is the most futuristic, yet practical emerging technology available, as automobiles account for almost 40,000 deaths each year in the US. While there have been some accidents in testing these self-driving machines, we think the technology will eventually be perfected and that drivers will soon be a thing of the past. Why take control of the steering wheel when you can have your AI do it for you?
Mass production of food has led to a population explosion since the Industrial Revolution. Back in the early 18th century, the world population was about 700 million. By the early 20th century, it was 2 billion people. Less than a 100 years later, it is now over 7 billion and projected to be almost 10 billion in 30 years.
But, now the question becomes, how do we feed all these people? Our technology has helped solve and create the same problem, namely overpopulation. When you think about it, overpopulation is just a matter of sustainability, which is dependent on technological advancement.
Many companies are starting to realize this and innovate new ways to farm sustainably, most notably using Vertical Farming techniques. Instead of utilizing precious natural spaces in horizontal ways, this emerging technology focuses on farming upwards towards space. We already have skyscrapers that stack offices, so why not our food as well? We are what we eat, anyway. It’s about time we start treating our food like people worthy of real estate.
These techniques use artificial control of light, fertigation, and even artificial intelligence to foster ideal growing conditions, usually for plants. This means that the future might be plant-based, as animal farming is an unsustainable way of supporting our growing population.
Smarter Food Industry
Along with smarter farming comes a smarter approach to distributing food to customers. We think this might arguably be more important than smarter food production technologies, as who cares if we can make the food if we can’t distribute it sufficiently.
One company making strides in this area is Bump Mark, which uses a bio-reactive technology to inform customers what state their food is in. If the label is bumpy, then you should be hesitant, whereas if the label is smooth, then the food is likely fresh and ready to eat.
This upcoming technology will likely be ubiquitous in the US by the end of the century and is already making headway throughout Europe. It allows farms to transcend the inaccurate method of using expiration dates, which are unable to adjust to new environments. Bump Mark, however, is able to shift as the rate of decay of the food shifts, which is especially important given how ineffective food transportation is.
Artificial Intelligence is not only going to revolutionize our relationship to the portable devices we own, but it’s also going to change how these technologies are manufactured. Movies like Her have already envisioned a future where AI has been incarnated as our friend, but just imagine how we can command this new species when it comes to extracting natural resources.
New fluid pump immersive engineering is allowing us unprecedented access to reservoirs beneath the earth’s surface. This means not only more efficient means of extracting substances but also the ability to search for different substances altogether.
The solution to the energy crisis is one of the most hotly debated topics on the global agenda, so it’s a no-brainer that companies are looking for solutions using AI.
Our Final Thoughts on Emerging Technology
We think this year might be the year our dreams finally come true, as self-driving cars, smarter food production and manufacturing, and artificial intelligence finally hit the markets.
We just hope that these innovations don’t create more problems than they fix.