Do you guys remember the times when we used to watch movies and music videos on DVD players? or play games on huge computers? That’s a past because now we have everything at our fingertips, thanks to technology and technological advancements that have changed our lives and will never stop surprising us. With this in mind, let’s talk about the Top 5 Future Technologies that will change our world in the coming years:
Have you at any point imagined a scenario where you had all the data about the city you live in? Imagine a scenario:
- where a Sign board advises you to look out for a pothole in front of you.
- where an app reveals to you the best route to escape a traffic jam.
- in which you could get data about air quality each block you enter.
Wouldn’t that be stunning? Well, it is possible now. Many scientists and scholars have sat together and came up with an idea called Array of Things (AoT).
AoT is aimed to build a smart city by using a network of sensors. These sensors are going to gather real-time information about the environment, temperature, atmosphere and essentially every open activity occurring in your city. It is then going to give this data to the residents and policymakers with the goal that the city can offer better administrations. These sensors will work to understand daily challenges, difficulties that people face like air contamination, traffic, climate, catastrophes, etc. Furthermore, the objective is to fix these issues by improving the environmental factors based on the information that is received from the sensors. This project has already been successfully implemented in Chicago a year back. Don’t be surprised if you hear about AoT in your city very soon.
The next technology I want to talk about is the 5th Generation wireless mobile networks. 5G network would require 10 times quicker communication and it can deal with a thousand times more traffic than the 4G LTE.
All things considered, let me reveal to you an astonishing fact about this network. The expected maximum speed of 5G systems is 20 GB per second. That’s so huge, isn’t it? That is sufficiently adequate to download 10 to 12 films in just one second.
Earlier mobile networks were used to handle cell phones through which we just browse the web and send a few text messages. But times have changed and now we have HD streaming smartphones, smart watches, self-driving cars, smart appliances, which require a better and faster mobile network like the 5th generation wireless network. Numerous industry specialists have named 5G as the eventual future of communication. It’s already in the business in few locations. But it will take a little more time to reach common audience.
Artificial Intelligence is technique that help machines and computers mimic human behaviour. Artificial Intelligence at the highest level is the device being smart and how it becomes smarter under the hood. Then comes the next layer of Machine Learning, which are the general techniques or a variety of techniques that are used to make that device smart. And then there’s a further subset of algorithms or techniques called Deep Learning. Artificial Intelligence is going to be used in everything.
For example, imagine a car has intelligence built in it. This will help in looking at what’s on the road, looking at you as the driver and being able to anticipate and course correct when something goes wrong or something jumps on the road. Autonomous vehicles of any kind are not going to be autonomous without Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, in the medical field, new treatments might come from the analysis of streams of data to detect cancers and diseases.
Today, machines are smart and they’re smart because of A.I.. But AI still has a dependency on us, People. We are making it possible. The next phase is when Artificial Intelligence is able to walk on its own. Companies like Qualcomm are currently working on this. If we do our jobs right and if Artificial Intelligence is done right, the actual implementation is totally transparent to a consumer.
You probably played VR (Virtual Reality) game or seen AR (Augmented Reality) apps on your phone. These seem to be different things, but they have a lot in common. When combined together, we call it Mixed Reality.
It’s the spectrum from Virtual Reality to Augmented Reality with many variations in the middle. At one end, we have Augmented Reality with Microsoft’s Hollo lens and Snapchat effects. At the other end, we have full Virtual Reality with simple cardboard and more complex 3D headsets.
These are exciting times for Mixed Reality because people have been trying to build it for 50 years. And now, thanks to smartphone technology, we can finally make it real. And the price keeps getting better and the headset, more powerful. Four years ago, Oculus released the Rift for nearly a thousand dollars and required a beefy gaming computer. These days you need not spend so much or use such heavy machines. You can do a AR with your existing smartphone using new API’s from Apple and Google.
The potential uses for Mixed Reality are huge. Yes, you can play 3D games or watch movies in a virtual darkened room. But there’s so much more. You can pile on a mission to Mars, learn about how dinosaurs walked, meet the president or watch astronauts literally launch a satellite by hand. Interesting, isn’t it? Now is a great time for Web developers to jump into mixed reality. With ‘A’ frame, you can build interactive scenes with just HTML. With the Web VR exporter, you can put your unity projects directly on the Web.
Alright, what if I tell you that you can cover approximately 600 kilometers in just 30 minutes? Now, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably time portals or flights.
I’m talking about the next best thing, which is a Hyperloop. A Hyperloop is a super high speed transportation system where in trains or passenger pods travel within steel tubes and partial vacuum at the maximum speed of 760 miles per hour. Now, that is very fast. This idea was first conceived by Elon Musk in 2012. And later on, in 2014, a company called Virgin Hyperloop One started working on this project. Currently, they’re building a Hyperloop based on two simple principles that we learned 8th std physics.
The first one is Magnetic Levitation, but there are two sets of magnets. The first magnet is to repel the train from the track. And the second one is to move the floating train along the track at a considerable speed. Now, the second principle is to remove most of the air from within the steel tubes in order to reduce air assistance. Now, by using these two basic principles, the Hyperloop will revolutionise the transportation system. So, get ready for it.
So those are the Top 5 Future Technologies to look out for in the next few years.
In spite of the fact that technologies are evolving around us, these 5 technologies offer promising future. And there is shortage of talented specialists in each of the 5 sectors. Therefore, now is the time for you to put the foot on the pedal, pick any one and achieve your goal. And make sure you checkout our take on “Facebook building it’s own OS“.