Scientific American and the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network have published a report highlighting ten important developing technologies in 2017. The list is the result of a worldwide survey of experts, researchers, and advisers in academia, business, and government. There were three criteria for inclusion in the list:
- Uncommon technologies that are attracting increased funding and attention;
- Technologies offering meaningful benefits to both society and economy;
- Technologies bearing the capacity to change established norms.
Of course, there are always disagreements about what to include in any list, and this is no exception. The list is sure to prompt approval and criticism for what is and is not included. Regardless, I believe that we can all agree that the ten items listed are quite extraordinary and provide optimism for the future. So, without further ado, here is the list:
1) Liquid Biopsies for Cancer Detection
A liquid biopsy only requires a blood sample to test for cancer. It looks for ctDNA, circulating-tumor DNA, which is cancer cell genetic material commonly found in the bloodstream. Unlike traditional biopsies, liquid biopsies do not require cutting or tissue removal. Since no cutting is involved, it means there is no chance of infections or other post-incision complications. Also, the technique allows testing tumors in places difficult to access. Once fully developed, liquid biopsies will allow for a fast and inexpensive method for identifying cancer extremely early.
2) Solar-powered Devices to Extract Drinking Water from Dry Air
Current water extraction technology requires air with high moisture content and consumes a lot of electricity. Considering that one third of the earth’s population lives in arid environments and in poverty, such technologies are not feasible. New technologies, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and other propriety water-absorbing materials, are allowing for the extraction of drastically increased amounts of water from even the driest of environments. New advances in solar power technology are making solar more efficient and less expensive. This combination provides an optimistic future for providing available clean drinking water around the world.
3) Advances in AI Deep Learning
Recent breakthroughs in deep learning are allowing AI to move beyond “smart” and begin making inferences and decisions. Computers can observe and process data much faster than humans, including almost immediate differentiation of subtleties and patterns. This enables an exponentially lower error rate, meaning a reduction in the chance for mistakes. Self-driving cars are probably the most common examples exhibiting these advancements, but the technology is suited for almost anything, such as agriculture, security, medicine, and language.
4) Artificial Leaves Transforming Carbon Dioxide into Beneficial Fuels
Leaves perform photosynthesis and always move in the wind. Now, imagine a man-made tree-like structure full of artificial leaves that act in the exact same way. Go one step further, imagine a forest of these constructs. Recent technological advancements are allowing the increased capture of solar and wind energy and their conversion into useable energy. Even more fascinating is that researches have made great strides in extracting carbon dioxide and transforming it into useable liquid fuel. This technology not only harvests a naturally occurring and artificially created gas, but also helps reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Currently, the fuels produced are hydrogen- and carbon-rich, but there is current research into creating nitrogen-rich fuels for injection directly into the ground to increase crop production.
5) The Human Cell Atlas
A partnership of international research groups is developing the Human Cell Atlas. This work is an atlas of human cells, identifying everything to know about every single cell, such as location, active genes and proteins, and associated processes. The Human Cell Atlas is building on the work of the Human Protein Atlas, providing a complimentary database. The goal is to produce a knowledgebase that aids in improved health care with individual personalization. It also provides data for the development of new cures and therapeutic techniques.
6) Advancements in Precision Farming
Advancements in various technology fields, such as robotics, hardware, software, and data-analytics, provide increased precision in farming. The results include increased yields and dramatic reductions in waste, cost, and risks. Precision farming increases the ability to create management plans specific to each farm’s environment. The technique reduces cost and labor and helps conserve water. It also reduces the detrimental environmental effects of farming practices by controlling pesticide and fertilizer delivery times and quantities.
7) Platinum Reduction and Replacement in Catalysts for Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles
A primary reason that hydrogen-powered vehicles are too expensive is because the catalysts contain platinum. The extreme rarity of platinum makes it unfeasible to produce hydrogen-powered cars on a scale large enough for general consumption. Recent research has allowed for the drastic reduction in platinum content, with the ultimate goal being to develop a platinum replacement that is economically viable. Currently, there are catalysts made of nanowires with extremely small quantities of platinum, nanotubes made of cheaper metals, and a carbon foam without any metal. None of this is yet cheap enough for mass production and consumption, but it is only a matter of time before affordable hydrogen-powered vehicles are available.
8) Genomic Vaccines for Improved Treatment
One solution to improve health and fight disease is the manufacture of genomic vaccines. Traditional vaccines use killed or weakened pathogens or proteins to teach the body’s immune system to recognize a foreign element. The immune system recognizes antigens on the pathogens. Sometimes, the vaccines include additional proteins to improve the immune response. Traditional vaccines are amazing, though there is room for improvement. Viruses change requires revisions in the vaccines. Also, they require time to produce, sometimes coming too late to help. Genomic vaccines appear as DNA or RNA. They provide the coding sequence for one or more selected proteins, and once injected, the host body begins production. If a virus mutates, genomic vaccines are easily changed to fight the mutation. Furthermore, the same research allows isolation of the antibodies produced by people resistant to pathogens. Identification allows creating the gene sequence that stimulates creation of the pathogen-resistant antibodies.
9) Design of Sustainable Units Instead of Individual Houses
The movement towards sustainable living has expanded and thrived at the level of the individual house. However, advancements in sustainable technology now allow effective planning and design of sustainable structures as large interacting units. This is particularly appealing for city and suburb planning and design. Research shows that planning and design on a large scale decreases construction and operating costs, resource consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. It increases energy management and more efficient water consumption, all at a lower cost to consumers.
10) Increased Accessibility to Quantum Computing
Advancements in quantum computing have not only decreased costs, but also allowed for increasing production of quantum computers. In addition, the technological advancements are allowing for greater computational power. Increased accessibility allows more people to test more theories, and greater computational power only increases the rate of discovery of new technological advancements.
Remake of Silent Hill 2 Dev is “Very Safe” with Any Changes
The developer of the PS5 recreation of Silent Hill 2, Bloober Team, has said it will take a “very conservative approach” to whatever alterations it makes. Chief marketing officer Anna Jasiska claims that the Polish developer is being very cautious when making changes because they want to remain authentic to the PS2 masterpiece. However, we are making changes to some areas where time has passed and things need to be modernized.
While maintaining “the conventional tale canon,” the team is concentrating on “putting the distinct, visceral atmosphere back in the modernized Silent Hill 2” and modernizing the gameplay and graphics “from the ground up.” Hardcore fans shouldn’t worry that the developer “missed the point” of the original title, Bloober Team then emphasizes. We simply have some thoughts on how to make the odd fright components more accessible to the present audience. “We are not moving away from the original objective of making this cult masterpiece,” the statement continued.
Pyramid Head sexually rapes an enemy in a kitchen quite early in the game, and this is one particular scene Jasiska is questioned about. Jasiska effectively answered “no comment” when asked if the cutscene had been changed or not.
Out of several other studios, Bloober Team was selected by Konami to oversee the production of the Silent Hill 2 remake. This decision was reportedly made because of Bloober Team’s “commitment and enthusiasm for horror.” The Layers of Fear series, Blair Witch, and The Medium are some of its earlier games. Because so many Bloober Team employees are ardent fans of the game, our business was astounded when we learned of this wonderful news.
The PS5 console exclusive Silent Hill 2 doesn’t yet have a release date, but given that it is in the last stages of development, this year’s release looks feasible.
Using AI to develop arithmetic algorithms that are more effective
Using AI, researchers at Google’s DeepMind in London have discovered that matrix multiplication issues can be solved more quickly. The team outlines enhancing math-based algorithms through reinforcement learning in their research that was published in the journal Nature. In the same journal issue, a Research Briefing detailing the work done by the London team was also released.
In computer programming, math is frequently used to describe and then manipulate representations of real-world phenomena. It can be used to represent nodes in a synthetic network, meteorological conditions, or pixels on a computer screen. Calculations on matrices are one of the main ways that math is used in these situations. Matrixes can be used, for instance, to describe potential movement options in game programming. Matrices are frequently multiplied or added to in order to effectuate such movements; occasionally, both operations are required. This is labor-intensive, especially as the matrices get bigger, therefore computer scientists have devoted a lot of time and effort to creating ever-more-effective algorithms to do the task.
In this new endeavor, the DeepMind researchers questioned whether it may be feasible to deploy an AI system based on reinforcement learning to develop new algorithms with fewer steps than those already in use. They sought inspiration from gaming systems to learn the answer, observing that the majority of them are based on reinforcement learning. The team focused on tree searching after developing a few prototype systems, which is also used in game programming. It gives a system a way to consider multiple options in light of a specific condition. The researchers discovered that turning an AI system into a game allowed for searching for the most effective technique to arrive at a desired outcome—a mathematical result—when used to multiplying matrices.
The system was put to the test by the researchers by having it look for, evaluate, and employ pre-existing algorithms while utilizing incentives to select the most effective one. The system gained knowledge of the elements that affect the effectiveness of matrix multiplication. The researchers then gave the system the freedom to develop its own algorithm in an effort to increase efficiency. The researchers discovered that the algorithms selected by the system were frequently superior than those developed by their human forebears.
Arriving with higher speeds and a new high-gloss look is Google’s Nest WiFi Pro.
As is believed, a single pack Google’s Nest Wifi Pro costs $200, and three cost $400.
As anticipated, Google has announced the Nest WiFi Pro mesh router system, which features a sleeker appearance, WiFi 6E speeds that are quicker, and a straightforward setup. When Google’s new smart home protocol debuts, it will also function as a Matter hub, although it costs a little more than the existing Nest WiFi router.
The Nest WiFi Pro has a similar circular appearance to the previous version, but Google claims it utilizes a high-gloss material “inspired by ceramics” that is made of more than 60% recycled materials overall. In comparison to the WiFi Nest, which has a softer matte surface, it appears incredibly glossy in the promotional photographs. To fit nicely with most houses, it is available in four earth tone-inspired tones, “Snow,” “Linen,” “Fog,” and “Lemongrass.”
A crucial component is the tri-band WiFi 6E protocol, which Google claims offers “a quicker and more direct path to the most dependable internet connection” and operates on the less congested 6Ghz frequency. The end result is speeds that can be up to twice as fast and support for the most recent smartphones and other WiFi 6E-compatible devices. It prioritizes high-bandwidth activity like video chats or streaming while analyzing network performance and optimizing connections to keep things moving swiftly.
The Nest WiFi Pro is compatible with the majority of smart home devices that are linked, and it has the speed to simultaneously handle video chats, 4K films, and security camera feeds. According to Google, a single router can span 2,200 square feet. It has a Thread border router built in to link smart home appliances via a low-power mesh. When Google’s new Matter smart home protocol debuts later this year, it will support it as well.
You’ll spend more than the existing Nest WiFi gadget for all of it. One unit costs $200 (as opposed to $169 for the existing Nest WiFi router), two units cost $300, and three units cost $400. Pre-orders are currently available, and shipment will begin on October 27.
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