Here’s six big innovations that will blow your mind and give you something to impress your friends with…
1. Minuscule tags will stop counterfeiting
In our global economy, products pass through many different sets of hands between their point of production and the end consumer.
This means that they are open to tampering and theft problems which new, sophisticated blockchain technology could help to eliminate.
This is where crypto-anchors come in – microscopic codes or identifiers which can serve as “digital fingerprints” to ensure security at every stage of the journey.
What crypto anchors do is they basically embed tiny codes, like microscopic QR codes, in a way that makes it so that if you tried to replace it with a similar one, you could tell it had been tampered with. When you put those codes onto the blockchain, the supply chain is then protected.
2. Sophisticated voice control
Because conversational platforms such as Amazon’s Alexa have been adopted by the public, firms are now investing more money and time in making them more sophisticated.
These systems can already answer basic questions and process simple requests, like queries about the weather or song selections.
At the speed conversational platforms are developing, 2018 may see these platforms capable of taking more detailed instructions and carrying out corresponding tasks both at home, and at work.
Although the foundations of conversational platforms have been built and already transforming the way consumers interact with machines, there are some challenges that must be overcome, such as different tones are translated.
3. Virtual reality could take off – thanks to porn
Facebook’s latest attempt to popularize virtual reality (VR) via the Oculus Go headset is getting praise from an unexpected ally: Porn studios.
VR hasn’t taken off as quickly as people thought, but those in adult entertainment have high hopes for the device, with some even reporting that it is already helping to boost their revenue.
Andreas Hronopoulos, the CEO of adult entertainment company Naughty America called it a game changer. Hronopoulos praised the price, the size and the ease-of-use of the Oculus Go, and said that his company has seen an increase in sales of VR content ever since Facebook released the device earlier this month.
4. Robot microscopes to clean up the world’s water supplies
Water shortage is a problem that could affect up to 25% of the world’s population by 2025.
The behaviour of microscopic plankton can give vital clues on water conditions, with everything from chemical pollution levels to temperature change.
Autonomous, robotic cameras developed by IBM and powered by artificial intelligence (robots) have the potential to monitor this behaviour in more detail than has been possible before. The data from the cameras can be analyzed to give real-time insights into factors affecting water quality and life in our lakes and oceans.
The technology has just been released and should be available this year.
5. Direct Access Internet
Businesses’ reliance on the internet is going into overdrive in 2018 and it’s almost impossible to run a business without a decent internet connection.
People are sick of sharing with tonnes of other businesses and people via traditional providers like BT, and are turning to alternatives such as Direct Internet Access. This is a simple, easy, wireless means of connecting to the internet.
You can find out more about this increasingly popular technology here.
6. First ever laser weapons
The world’s first laser weapon — one that can “kill” threatening, airborne drones — is ready for action. In addition to being able to take down threats in the air, the LaWS can hit and disable objects in the water. The laser’s accurate blasts, heated to thousands of degrees, might even mean fewer casualties in combat.
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