By: Kevin Faber
Innovation has taken the world today by storm, leading to the development of new solutions to problems that humans have inherently faced. Since virtually every sector of life on Earth meets with some form of challenge, these innovations have touched on every aspect, including medicine, science, engineering and social life.
Here is an outline of six inventions that are likely to define the world’s future.
The discovery of the genetic makeup of a human being has led to a new understanding of the basis of human life. The confluence between this knowledge and the therapeutic profile of an individual has led to the discovery of new ways of treating medical conditions through gene therapy. The specific targeting of a given gene purported to be responsible for a certain disease can allow scientists to create a cure with ease, especially genetic hereditary diseases. The stem cell technology also has revolutionized the way in which tissue-related diseases are cured. For example, a fire accident victim with skin burns can be taken to a stem cell therapy center and have stem cells patched on their skin, which causes a new skin to grow over the burnt surface, thus inducing healing.
In the age of digitalization through the use of computers, there has been an awakening on research into how computers can make human life easier. The extent to which this technology has advanced has been stretched further with the development of cars that can autonomously drive through the use of computers. Driverless vehicles rely on the use of computer-mediated coordination and remote sensory systems, commonly dubbed Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), which enables cars to drive on busy roads independent of human control. This technology is adversely used in the transport industry such as trucks and cab businesses where automated transportation is making human life smarter by the day.
Improved biometrics and integration
With the digital age, personal identification has been taken to a new level. The use of computers to define an individual using their biological qualities such as DNA profiles, fingerprints, iris profiles, and facial profiles has led to the discovery of new methods of authorization of transactions in financial organizations. Banks, in this instance, have incorporated facial recognition technologies in helping curb against forgery and theft. Also, with globalization through digitization, the use of biometrics has enabled integration of the crime prevention systems across the globe.
Reinforcement machine-based learning
For decades, scientists have focused on the concept of being able to teach machines how to think and learn over time. Breakthroughs have been made leading to artificial intelligence where computers are trainable by following a recognizable pattern. This technology is poised to make computers think proactively and undertake sensitive activities such as surgery and driving.
Human body cells atlas
After the success of the gene sequencing project, scientists have undertaken a new project of sequencing the human body cells in terms of their location, role and development of a molecular profile. This process could take a while given the 37.2 trillion cells to work on. Once complete, the outcome could help people understand human diseases and how to cure them from a molecular point of view.
Hot solar cells
The energy sector has also been researched, leading to the development of a special new generation of solar cells that can transduce solar energy from light to heat then back to light or any other form of desired energy. This technology is projected to revolutionize the efficiency of solar energy harvesting, leading to storage of solar power for future use. The solar cells would also help reduce the carbon footprint of the energy sector that has caused much outcry.
In conclusion, technology is making life easier by the day. New inventions have taken the stage as they work towards making human life easier, efficient and integrated in nature. With progressive research into these technologies and other prototype technologies still being conceived, the world is undoubtedly bound to be a better place.
By Kevin Faber
About the author
Kevin Faber is the CEO of Silver Summit Capital. He graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Business/Managerial Economics. In his free time, Kevin is usually watching basketball or kicking back and reading a good book.
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