Over the course of the 21st Century, mankind has made tremendous leaps forward with technology. From mostly an industrial era, now to the digital era, it’s hard to imagine life without infinitely connected tech sitting in our pockets.
If you’re anything like Ray Bradbury, you’re dreading the upcoming year, but if you’re anything like me you feel like a school girl who just got asked to a dance for the first time.
2016 is set to be a year of innovation in several different areas, but I truly believe this year will bring more change than there has been since Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007.
Here are 6 technologies that will surely be monumentally closer to our lives in 2016.
1. Artificial Intelligence
Skeptics, thus far, have refused to label the current chess playing, game action, to-do list making software, Artificial Intelligence. But it soon will be impossible for them to deny the intelligent creations that are about to hit the market.
Scientists have been trying for years to make a viable learning neural networks and they’ve had wide ranges of success. They’ve even had success making emotionally reactive intelligence to respond to emotions that’s riddled throughout a human’s face.
Better be on the lookout, Siri & Cortana, while not the best right now, are about to change for the better and may end up knowing you better than you do.
2015 wasn’t the best year for robotics. Still they struggled to perform the most medial tasks, and if they can perform it, it’s extremely slow. But that’s starting to change.
Companies like ABB out of Switzerland and Universal Robots out of Denmark are developing roots that can thread a needle and assemble circuits. Some newer robots that contain an open-source operating system called, ROS, are now able to learn from each other as thousands of developers are contributing to the software and perfecting the algorithms.
Soon robots will be assisting you at the grocery store and probably even ringing you up at the POS station.
3. Self-Driving Cars
Once only a thing of science fiction, self driving autonomous cars are currently being reviewed by the FTC to establish strong regulations, laws, and standards for them.
A lot of Silicon Valley’s best electronics companies are testing self driving cars as your reading this. Apple, Google, Tesla, & Samsung are currently testing their own vehicles.
The best example of a self driving car is in the film “I, Robot.” Check it out for a great idea of what this year will bring.
4. Virtual Reality
With products like Facebook’s, Oculus Rift, virtual reality is not longer confounded to the holodeck on your favorite Star Trek episode but a real life experience.
While gamers are excited about getting to experience wars, aliens, and space in this new platform, Microsoft has taken it upon themselves to develop an educational VR version of Minecraft. Soon it seems, education will be done in VR. Just think about it, you’d get to “meet” Leonardo Da Vinci and see his inventions or visit an exiled Napoleon just after the French revolution.
HomeKit, Zuckerbergs not-so-secret automated home project, WiFi connected cars, everything is becoming connected. Apple partnered with Phillips to bring us the Hue light bulb system back in 2012, intelligent lights you can control with your iPhone, now it seems those are common place.
Everything is becoming smart now, and it’s all about to be connected. Refrigerators, washing machines, door locks, TV’s, lights, plugs, cameras, and even baby monitors are about to be connected to your home network and accessible through various apps on your devices.
How great would it be if your phone automatically turned on the heater, lights, and heated floors as soon as you turned off your phone alarm in the morning? It’d be awesome.
Elon Musk showed the world that you didn’t have to be NASA or the government to build a space vehicle. Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Charles Branson of Virgin, and of course Elon Musk have all spear headed space travel. Some have even promised consumer space travel for 2017. That means a whole lot of progress will be made this year.
Not to mention that, but plans to establish a base on mars are consistently being brought up by NASA scientists. Yes you read that correctly, a colony on mars.
It’s going to be a fantastic year for tech, and we here at NewsBake can’t wait too see what’s coming down the pipe in 2016.