Can you imagine curing cancer with a chip? Or stopping suicide by chatting on Facebook? This, in a very short time, could be a reality thanks to technology. The technology company IBM published a report in which it mentions some predictions of technological innovations that will have a great impact on humanity in the coming years.
In addition to these predictions, there are technological innovations that already surprise the world. We live with them, and in the coming years, they will be able to show their full potential.
Check out the list of the technological innovations that are bound to change our lives in the coming years!
#1- Artificial Intelligence Will Help Mental Health
About 10% of the world’s population suffers from depression or anxiety, and mental disorders represent 30% of the global burden of non-fatal disease, according to a study by the World Health Organization.
Can you imagine detecting these mental illnesses by analyzing our speech and writing? In 5 years, everything we say and write will be an indicator of our mental health and physical well-being. Thanks to artificial intelligence, we can count on new cognitive systems capable of analyzing our speech & writing and identify patterns that could hint at possible mental illness in an initial phase.
With this information, it will be possible to apply a better treatment to the disease and even help patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Autism or Attention Deficits. Currently, Facebook is building predictive models by analyzing user text publications to prevent suicide. Cogito, a company, funded by DARPA from MIT, is testing an application that creates an image of a user’s mental health by simply listening to the sound of their voice during the day.
#2- Hyper image Will Give Us Superhero Vision
Having a hawk view would not be the best you could ask for in the future. Thanks to the Hyper image technology, we can see beyond the visible and detect valuable information or potential dangers that would be unknown or not perceptible to the human eye.
In 5 years, we will have portable devices that could improve the vision in several ways. It could help a driver see through the rain, fog and identify dangers or difficult to see conditions on a road that are a great distance away.
This device incorporated into our mobile phones could take pictures of our food and show us its nutritional value or tell us whether or not it is safe to eat it. It could also be distinguished if a medicine, a check or a ticket is false. The best thing is that it is foreseen that this vision of “superhero” is part of the daily experience, making the cost of this device accessible to the public.
#3- Macroscopes To Understand the Complexity of The Earth in Detail
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However, most of these data are not organized, and it is estimated that a scientist spends 80% of his time “cleaning” these data instead of analyzing and understanding them. In 5 years, you can use machine learning and software algorithms called “macroscope” that will help organize the complex information, collected by the millions of connected devices, about the physical world that surrounds us and make findings from them.
For example, thanks to the analysis of data on climate, crops and water levels, better decisions can be made about where to grow crops and harvest them so that they conserve their water reserves.
#4- Medical Laboratories on A Chip, Thanks To Nanotechnology
Detecting a disease at its inception is crucial for its possible cure, and this can happen in the next 5 years with tiny medical laboratories that would be developed within a chip, thanks to nanotechnology and scientific advances. If the diseases are detected in time, it is very likely to be controlled and cured.
Even diseases such as cancer or Parkinson’s that are difficult to detect and hide in our bodies without showing symptoms can be discovered easily. This chip could be incorporated into a portable device and send the information to the cloud. This combined with data from other devices such as smartwatches, sleep monitors, among others, could provide a complete map of our health and alert us quickly at the first signal.
#5- Smart Sensors Will Detect Environmental Pollution at The Speed of Light
Methane is the primary component of natural gas and a source of clean energy. However, if methane escapes into the air, it can warm the earth’s atmosphere, contributing to global warming.
According to IBM, we will have scientific advances in sensorization deployed near natural gas extraction sites that will detect leaks in real time. In this way, the pollution and the possibility of a catastrophe will be reduced.
And in 5 years, the sensors will be able to expand their detection capabilities beyond methane. They will be able to detect oil residues in the water, harmful contaminants of a vehicle and other particles in the air. In this way, we will protect the environment better.
#6- Robots Will Replace Workers
Currently, there are about 25 million mobile robots worldwide, and their insertion in domestic and industrial environments is projected in the future. It will make life easy for many people because robots will do regular and repetitive jobs. People will be able to then spend their time in doing more creative things and work towards the advancement of scientific technology as well as human consciousness.
#7- Virtual Reality, Augmented and Mixed to Live Digital Experiences
In 2016, augmented reality was immensely used, especially with the launch of Pokémon Go that took millions of users to the streets. Furthermore, Virtual reality evolved, and with that, they began to sell helmets massively and not only for video games but also for educational purposes and to treat certain phobias.
In the coming years, it is estimated that this technological innovation will change the cinematographic language as well. The story would be 360 degrees and devices that incorporate sensors for touch, smell, etc. will be added.
#8- Self-sufficient Homes for Energy Efficiency
Home automation plays an important role and provides a source of innovation. In the coming years, households will be automated in opening and closing doors, air conditioning, use of electricity, etc. In this way, they encourage energy saving and make energy consumption more efficient.
Undoubtedly, these technological developments will have a substantial impact on our lives, as well as on scientific advancement like in autonomous vehicles and drones that were the highlight of this year. You can also develop technological innovations that have a great impact on humanity. Therefore, looking at these trends, there is definitely an immense scope for progress with the help of technology in future.