Technology has the power to make changes in our lives. While not all of these changes are for the better or easy, most can enhance and push us forward. In the following article, the team at DotCom Magazine would like to share with you, in conjunction with a similar post we published recently, another top 5 of some truly breakthrough technologies that have come to light in 2019. It is not just about the fanciest or the coolest, but the technologies that will have the biggest effects on our lives in general.
AI in the Cloud
The key players involved in AI in the cloud are Microsoft, IBM, Google and Amazon. All of these companies are working at increases access to artificial neural network and machine learning tech, to make it much easier to use and more affordable. AI tools in the cloud means that more advanced machine learning can be more widely available to various kinds of businesses. This will bring with it changes to everything from logistics to manufacturing. In the long-run it will make AI a much more feasible, easier and cheaper option for businesses to implement.
Materials Quantum Leap
With the assistance of a seven-qubit quantum computer created by IBM, a team of researchers from Harvard have been involved in the creation of one of the most comprehensive and in-depth simulations of a single molecule ever. Beryllium Hydride is the molecule in question and it is the biggest ever to be simulated using a quantum computer. This simulation is notable as it presents the future prospect of being able to utilize quantum computers to design completely brand-new forms of materials with specific and bespoke properties. The result could be that it would be possible to design and create all kinds of miraculous materials, including proteins that function better than drugs, catalysts that are better able to generate clean fuel and highly efficient solar cells.
Genetic Fortune Telling
There are major developments being made in the world of predictive analytics utilizing genomic data from various players including the Broad Institute, BK Biobank, Myriad Genetics, 23andMe and Helix. With the work they are carrying out, it is becoming possible to make predictions about the chances of contracting certain diseases, including cancer and determining IQ, using data from the genes. The technology involve is likely to be one of the big steps forward for the protection of public health, but there are concerns about whether it is really ethical or not, because of issues such as the possibility of genetic discrimination.
Dueling Neural Networks
This major breakthrough could give AI systems something in the way of an imagination, that will allow them to effectively spar against one another. Work being carried out at Nvidia, Deep Mind and Google Brain, focuses on creating systems that can generate incredibly accurate and realistic, computer created sounds and images, that are not possible without at the moment.
We’ve left one of the most controversial technologies to last. Researchers have, for the first time ever, been able to create structures that are like embryos using stem cells and nothing else, such as sperm cells or egg ells. This creates a greater possibility of discovering more about how life comes to exist. It’s controversial because it raises a lot of philosophical and ethical problems.