Top Trending Technologies in 2021
We are in the Information Age, and nothing is stopping us from developing new technologies and innovating old ones. Today, we bring you the top emerging and new trends in the innovation and technology sector from around the world.
5G Technology Gaining Full Speed
People have heard about 5G, but few really understand what it is. There are even many conspiracy theories surrounding it.
5G is simply a faster way to transmit data over the internet. With a 5G network, you can experience data transfer speeds of up to 20 GBPS in downloading and up to 10 GBPS in uploading. We are now talking gigabytes per second—gone are the days when the internet was only working at megabytes per second.
The 5G technology is currently being led by Switzerland. South Korea and the USA are trailing behind. 5G is primarily a mobile technology. It aims to speed up data transfers from the servers to the telecommunications to the phones. It all started with 1G, and the world is now currently at 4G. With 5G, the internet will be able to connect everyone, including machines, appliances and devices. The communication between these machines is so fast that the wait time for data transfer is significantly reduced.
Once 5G is put in place, it can transform our lives. From here, we can now have access to virtual reality. We will have lower latency periods, making it easier to contact somebody or download a movie or stream stuff from the internet. The 5G technology will also make it easier for WiFi appliances to interact faster with their servers and give data to the users.
The second on our list is called Tactile VR. It is still a virtual reality, but with emphasis to touch. What it means is that once this technology becomes available, you will “feel” what you touch on a computer screen or virtual reality environment.
Today, we only use virtual reality and augmented reality. For VR, we only “see” and what we see seems real. Augmented Reality or AR makes us “move” with what is happening on our computer screen. AR is popularly known as “4D” and is often used in theatres in theme parks—the seats move as the movie “moves.”
With Tactile VR, you will feel what is happening on-screen. If you touched something hot in a computer game, you would feel that it was hot. Right now, the only sensation we feel is from gaming consoles—they vibrate if something important is happening to a game. If you play at the online casino Vulkan via VR, you may feel shaking if you win in a game. However, this is not an advanced form of tactile VR.
Another advancement at the forefront of technology is human augmentation. People like amputees have a hard time going on with life. However, prosthetics and robotics are both changing this. With human augmentation, you are not only going to receive a new limb, but this new limb is so powerful that it is connected to the internet. The new limb you would get is connected to the internet of things or IoT.
Today, studies about human augmentation are focused on people with disabilities. The specific sector is called bionics, but it does not stop there. Human augmentation also seeks to manipulate things at a genetic level. What this means is that studies are now being done to find out how we can make a genetic modification to prevent genetic diseases from happening. Apart from that, there will come a time when we can also manipulate not just defects but also other things like the colour of the eyes, hair, skin, etc.
The last on our list is AI. While it is true that this is now a fundamental part of the internet, there is still so much more to learn and develop. When you use YouTube or Google, AI systems know your behavioural pattern and suggest what is best for you as a user. They also learn from the things that you do, and this is why they recommend things that you seemingly like.
However, AI can do so much more than that. What people are working on today is what is called robust AI. It is the kind of AI that actually thinks for itself. It is a self-learning and self-re-programming kind of artificial intelligence – much like what we see in movies.
One of the most sophisticated Artificial Intelligence today is called Sophia. It is a female robot that has the ability to learn. It has been featured in so many TV shows and proved that it could talk and think. Sophia is a human-like robot made by Hanson.
Now, some people think that Sophia is controlled. Well, that is not always the case. Sophia can work autonomously if the developers allow “her” to do so. On some occasions, her language and communication are guided by her creators.
Sophia is the most current and most advanced robot that we have right now. However, she is limited to talking and thinking only. She still does not have the capability to “work” or move. Today, the focus of scientists, engineers and software developers is her ability to think. They are working so hard to master her capabilities in cognitive technology, philosophy and even storytelling. Over a period of time, we can expect that Sophia’s brains will be mixed with the ability to move and do real human tasks.