Where is technology heading to?

date: 9 February 2017
reading time: 3 min

Many years ago, the invention of the telegraph was considered a major breakthrough. Right now, not only do inventions get much more sophisticated, but they are mass-produced. Where will technology be in a few years?

Throughout the years, it was scientists who helped us understand the invisible phenomena, like temperature, atoms, etc. The focus of modern studies is similar – to discover as much as possible on those aspects of our universe that are unperceivable to the naked eye.

IBM researchers listed 5 trends that are most likely to change the world as we know it… in 5 years from now. What changes are we likely to experience?

AI to help us better understand mental health

As it turns out, the way we talk and write may indicate a start of a mental illness. Researchers claim that the meaning, intonation, and syntax may be the signs of potential problems which can help doctors determine a patient’s state faster. This would facilitate the monitoring and caring for patients more appropriately. Additionally, thanks to the AI, the whole process will be carried out in patients’ homes.

Supernatural vision

Imagine seeing beyond your natural spectrum. Impossible? Well, in 5 years you will be able to. AI and hyperimaging will come together to offer us a wider and much better vision. This may improve transportation since being able to perceive hardly visible objects will be a godsend not only for drivers but also for driverless cars. Seeing through fog, rain or slowing down before an extremely icy or wet surface is the future.

The Earth under the macroscope

In this interconnected world, we generate incredible amounts of data. However, it is unorganised and hard to analyse.

In 2022 we will be able to digitise the physical world’s data gathered from climate, soil, and water quality sensors. This technology will enable scientists to determine the health of our planet.

Sensory labs  

Nanotechnology can become even more in-depth than it is now. Lab-on-a-chip technology will serve as a gauge for measuring numerous diseases before any symptoms appear. Taking a test takes a few minutes and can be done in the privacy of our homes. The data gathered will then be sent to the Cloud and analysed by doctors.

Additionally, at IBM Research:

Scientists are developing lab-on-a-chip nanotechnology that can separate and isolate bioparticles down to 20 nanometers in diameter, a scale that gives access to DNA, viruses and exosomes.

Reduced levels of pollution

Soon, we will be able to detect potential contaminations of air or water within seconds. Smart sensors will be installed in close proximity to aqueducts, gas extraction wells, etc. Thanks to them, any leaks will be sensed in real time. IBM are also looking into Silicon Photonics – technology that transfers data at the speed of light to create accurate analysis to reduce the pollution and cut off its source.

With their wide-reaching potential for transformation, these innovations may greatly improve the well-being of humans and the state of our planet. Five years doesn’t seem like a lot of time, yet technology does not stand still and a lot will happen in the next 5 years.

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