- A sensing city – will be built by 2019.
Alphabet (parent company Google), together with the government of Canada and the Toronto authorities are already working on the construction of a “smart” city, in which almost all existing “smart” technologies will be used.
The developers want all decisions in the life of the city (political, technological, design) to be made on the basis of information received from millions of sensors. Also in the city they want to bet on the system of car-sharing, giving up private cars, and underground to place thousands of robots that will take on all the physical labor.
- Secure Internet – already exists
Developers of cryptocurrency Zcash have announced the creation of a protocol that provides complete anonymity, unlike open blocking. Through such a protocol it is possible, for example, to confirm your age, but not passing the date of birth. American banks JP Morgan Chase and ING have already taken a new protocol for the operation of their payment systems.
- Artificial embryos – already exist
Scientists at Cambridge University have grown a mouse embryo based on only the stem cells of another embryo. Experts admit that such an “artificial” embryo is unlikely to become a mouse, but this breakthrough can lead to the fact that mammals (and humans, as one of the species) can be born without an egg. Artificial or synthetic embryos enable scientists to study, literally, step by step, the birth of human life, the representatives of the university said.
- Available artificial intelligence – already exists
Almost everyone knows or heard about AI, but it still remains an instrument for large technology companies and too expensive for others. However, cloud developers have started to create a cloud AI, which is available both at a price and easy to use.
- Sparring artificial intelligence – already exists
Specialists from Google Brain, DeepMind and Nvidia were able to get artificial intelligence to create realistic original images and sounds without human intervention. This breakthrough will allow, for example, a car-drones to train themselves, creating images of pedestrians and cars in different situations. Thus, the system will progress independently, without human influence.
- Headphones with a built-in translator – already exist
Google and Baidu have recently introduced Pixel Buds headphones, which work respectively with Pixel smartphones and the Google Translate application. The device costs $ 159. They allow almost instantaneous translation from one language to another.
- Metal 3D printing – already exists
Researchers at the Livermore National Laboratory (California) said they developed a method for three-dimensional printing of steel parts, which are a bit stiffer than the details created in the usual way. At the same time, Markforged and Destop Metal began shipping printers that can print 3D metal. A similar device is going to be created by GE.
- Material quantum leap -through 5-10 years
Researchers from IBM have proposed using the most powerful quantum computers to create new molecules (conventional computers can not cope with this). New molecules will help create more effective drugs and materials.
- Non-carbon natural gas – after 5 years
Three US companies – the technological 8 Rivers Capital, the energy Exelon Generation and the construction CB & I – decided to make natural gas absolutely environmentally safe. The development of Net Power allows the collection of carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere. Such a system will make it possible to receive “clean” and relatively cheap electricity.
- Predicting the genome – already exists
Medicine will soon be able to predict at birth, what diseases a person will be sick with. Scientists have found that common diseases and some features of mental development depend not on the presence of a particular gene, but on a certain interaction of a group of genes. So far, the development can only recommend more close observation for those who have a particularly high risk of the disease.
Picture Credit: geralt