As we enter a new decade, the pace of technological change continues to accelerate as new forms of technology transform every aspect of our lives, from the economy to the way we spend our leisure time.
Here are just some of the ways that technology will continue to affect us.
Rapid Internet Speeds
There is an insatiable demand for ever-faster internet speeds, with businesses and private users pushing for quicker response times. The next wave of internet technology, 5G, is already beginning to have an effect on our daily lives, and lightning-fast internet speeds are soon going to become a reality in many sectors of our economy and society, boosting productivity and speeding up communications.
Home Smart Technology
Our home lives are becoming increasingly integrated with smart tech. The demand for ever better smart appliances and entertainment systems is starting to change the way we socialize and spend our leisure time. One particularly interesting area that may be worth watching is something known as ‘flexible viewing surfaces’ which have the ability to curve into any environment. This has the potential to change the way we consume our media beyond recognition.
VR isn’t a new idea, but it is only in recent years that technology has started to become practical and cheap enough for regular use. Headsets such as the Oculus Rift have fallen in price, and other VR technology is becoming more widely affordable. VR has many occupations outside of traditional gaming, with online casinos including online casinos NZ working towards incorporating VR technology into their casino content, enabling players to experience a virtual casino through the internet.
While robots have great potential on production lines and elsewhere they are currently extremely inflexible, particularly when it comes to dexterity. This is where improvements in robotic dexterity could make a huge impact. In the future it is hoped that robots will learn to figure out how to grasp an object by scanning it, but the current technology in this area is looking at ways to enable them to become more dextrous through a form of trial and error.
Innovations such as the high profile Neuralink technology have the potential to render the mouse and keyboard control methods obsolete. Work is proceeding rapidly in this area and promises to deliver a world in which we can control our computers through our thoughts.
Swallowable Medical Devices
Miniature, swallowable devices are currently being developed that have the ability to capture images of the insides of the human body. These medical devices, which experts hope can even be used in children and infants, will revolutionize the way that medical professionals are able to diagnose and monitor serious diseases, representing a next leap forward in medical treatment.
Cow Free Burgers
Meat is a notoriously environmentally unfriendly food, and ecological as well as ethical concerns are leading scientists to search for alternatives. A host of animal-free meat technology is being developed currently, ranging from lab-grown to 3D printed meats, with the aim of offering the same taste and nutritional value as meat, without any of the drawbacks.