What will the future be like? If none could predict it, we can imagine how specific discoveries will contribute to shaping the world of tomorrow. The most recent technological advancements may revolutionize our way of living and bring solutions to the challenges that humanity is facing.
When technology allows us to perceive and interact in a completely different way with a surrounding world, it is what we call the augmented reality.
The world of augmented reality is in a big shift; projects and innovations are multiplying and becoming strategic for producers. Big high-tech companies are captured by this phenomenon. The objective: to put the virtual world in our daily lives using connected objects such as Google Glass.
Can you imagine your kids playing with a virtual dog in the yard, wandering in the city, and finding out the road name on your feet while walking, or again seeing Godzilla wandering between the skyscrapers thanks to your special glasses? Those are only some examples of unexpected possibilities of augmented reality.
Will, the day of teleportation, come one day?
Quantum teleportation is a protocol of quantum communications consisting of transferring a system quantum state to another system similar and physically separated from the first one by making use of quantum interaction.
An international team of researchers has created a world record of ”quantum teleportation” distance, by separating a photon over a distance of 143 km.
If we still far from teleportation to Star Trek, however, they managed to transfer the physical properties from a particular light via quantum teleportation, a kind of teleportation which could revolutionize the information and communication field.
Solutions to drinking water access
If access to drinking water is a challenge that doesn’t stop increasing, organizations and researchers focus on potential solutions. Among these solutions, an inexpensive one consists of passing an electrical power through water to kill the bacteria and make the water safe to drink. If this filter is not yet practical, its potential for the developing countries is unparalleled
Another invention, the Lifestraw, proposes a straw that allows filtering water to make it safe to drink and could revolutionize the access to the drinking water and save millions of lives.
An autonomous car is an automobile vehicle able to drive on an open road without any driver intervention. The concept aims to develop and produce a real driving vehicle on a public road and in traffics without human intervention in all cases. Eventually, it is a typical application in the mobile robotics field in which many players are engaged. Nevertheless, various technical, legal, and psychological questions remain unsolved.
The concept of an autonomous car could cover both a vehicle totally autonomous or a vehicle ‘semi-autonomous’ disposing of different aid systems to automatic drives, such as in the city or highways, or yet an automated parking system.
The self-driving cars are nowadays a reality, various prototypes, such as the one of Google, will change the way we move. Although the actual road infrastructures are not used every day, they will be in the near future. Other new common transportations will see the light as for the hyperloop of Elon Musk.
A machine to depollute the oceans
Young men innovate too in order to improve the world of tomorrow. Boyan Slat, a young Dutch, has talked about himself with his prototype to get rid of millions of wastes in the oceans. He has the brilliant idea of pulling the power to bring the scraps toward a huge barrier of 100 meters long, capturing them in a real deep curtain of 3 meters and get them back to be recycled.
Thanks to the crowd-funding, his project has collected 2 million dollars. Tests have begun, and his first device could be installed in 2020.
A solar fuel
What if solar energy could be transformed into liquid fuel? ‘’ Joule Unlimited”, an American company, is currently working on a technology imitating how plants produce energy: the photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis companies are photoautotrophic, which means they can directly synthesize their biomolecules from minerals compounds. Generally, the carbon dioxide CO2 and water H2O through the luminous energy received from the sun.
A prototype of solar combustible can as well in the near future, revolutionize the way we live and resolve some challenges, in particular, the one of storing renewable energy.
Space solar panels
The solar energy needs to capture solar energy. However, grounded solar panels are limited as the atmosphere deviates a lot of sun energy. And what if we can send the solar panels to space?
It is the idea of Astrium that studies new technologies of transferring orbital solar energy toward the earth. Such technology will also provide clean energy, that could meet the energy needs unbridled of our planet permanently.
The laboratory of research of the US Air Force works on a system that allows solar energy collection in space before its transmission toward the earth in the form of radio waves. The aim is to supply the American Army on land.
Transferring the sun energy to electricity from the land surface is possible, but needs an important infrastructure which is not always simple in wartime. The US Air Force works on another tool.
The US Air Force wants solar panels in space to supply its Army wherever it is in the world.
The confusing concept is developed by the laboratory of research of the US Air Force, which at the edge of innovation, has just abandoned the diskette. Those researches want to respond to the energy demands of American troops on land, whatever their position. Therefore it envisages a solar panel that is placed in orbital and capable of transforming solar energy into radiofrequency that will be able to send toward a particular point of the globe.
The thorium is not an invention, but a chemical element found in nature. This radioactive metal is similar to the uranium, but safer since it generates less important and less durable radioactive wastes. Thus, the thorium has not only an interesting, energetic potential but also an essential ecological advantage for the nuclear industry.
Production of organs in the laboratory
The request for organ donation is not ready to decrease, and the donors are disappearing. The production of organs in a laboratory will save thousands of waiting families.
The scientific community works hard to make this dream real by creating in vitro organs.
The patients will no more wait months and years for a compatible donor.
And we don’t even talk about the advancement of mechanical grafts or yet more performing prosthesis, which may lead humans to become cyborg one day.
The machine with self-intelligence or equipped by an artificial consciousness will see the day by 2045.
Google has already revealed software that reproduces the way that the neurons of human brain communicate and interact in between. This technology of artificial intelligence should finally come out of laboratories to serve the big Web. With its alliance with Deepmind, an artificial intelligence company, the evolution of machines is ongoing.
Obviously, some as Bill Gates, are afraid of ‘’superintelligence”, and scenarios of Terminator where the machines take over men. Only the future will show where the power of technologies will lead.
A Natural gas non polluting
Less expensive and available in quantity, natural gas is a source of electricity largely used (22% of the world electricity). Even if this source is less polluting than carbon, it is a synonym of emitting a carbonic gas.
Houston central tests a technology that would allow making gas totally ” green”. Thus, the planet could produce a carbon-free sourced from fossil energy at a reasonable price.
A smart city that meets the needs of inhabitants
Many intelligent cities failed, either because of inaccessible objectives or because of the enormous cost of their development. Despite all, Toronto has challenged its future district. Called Quayside, it is supposed to rethink community life thanks to new technologies.
The new harbor area will be barded of captures in order to analyze the populations ‘needs, while robots will accomplish the domestic tasks. Forget about teenagers distributing newspapers; a machine will do it instead.
A 3D metal printer
Okay, It’s recognized that 3D printers have nothing new. But, at the actual moment, designers use almost exclusively plastic, notably, for the creation of the prototype. The other materials, such as metal, are much more expensive, and the print longer.
Those two latter elements keep changing: Markforged, an American startup, has unveiled a 3D printer able to take in charge of the metal that costs less than 100 000 dollars. Its use allows the production of an automated mass.
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Originally published on Live Positively.