The thing about the world and its future is in that hands of the people and the people only. If you see throughout history, we’ve developed so much in such little time that if we make a timeline, we will see that all of our breakthroughs and all of humanity’s success has happened in the last 300 years or so. This is what is to be expected in the future.
The new generation robotics, takes machines far to the next step, not just automating the most manual manufacturing assembly line tasks, but orchestrating them to harmoniously work in creating more advanced assemblies as well. They can accelerate time-to-market, they improve production accuracy and reduce rework.
We’ve seen robots that can walk, talk, that can make a perfect cocktail, help the disabled or take you to the store. There are robots tested in Japan, to take over nursing roles, help patients out of bed and support stroke victims in regaining control of their limbs.
AI machines are learning and are constantly developing and perfecting new technologies that gives an “ability” to the machine to see and respond to its changing environment. Emerging AI is the future. An example is how the Watson System was developed by IBM, which is currently being displayed in Oncology trials to assist diagnosing and to create personalized treatment options for cancer patients.
- Neuromorphic Engineering
Carved Mead, the engineer behind the concept which started back in the 1980’s described the use of a very large scale integration systems containing electronic analogue circuits to mimic neurobiological architectures present in the nervous systems.
Its key aspect is the understanding of how the morphology of individual neurons, circuits and overall architectures creates desirable computations, affects the presentation of information and facilitates evolutionary change. This is the next stage in machine learning.
IBM revealed its “TrueNorth” chip as a prototype in August 2014. It showed that it is a hundred times more powerful and efficient for certain tasks compared to the conventional CPU and the comparison to the human cortex naturally followed. Their biggest challenge remains to create the code which will guide the chip itself into realizing it’s true potential.
- Precision Medicine
We’re all made out of different genetic components. The most accurate description of an illness of the genome would be cancer since it is described as its disease. The ability to sequence a patient’s whole genome is close to entering the clinic in cancer hospitals.
We sequenced the first genome a long time ago. Now progress shows that we will be able to both personalize treatment and learn about the enormous number of genetic changes that lead to each subtype of cancer cheaper and cheaper.
As digitization comes, Doctors will be able to make a decision about a person’s cancer treatment simply by a tumors genetic make-up.
- Nanotechnology & Medicine
Imagine waking up and knowing that there are a million literally invisible computers running around inside you and taking care that you are healthy. Imagine that there are no more diseases.
Nanotechnology opens some new aspects to fight and prevent diseases. The possibility that we can uncover the structure and function of biosystems at the nanoscale, not only boosts research, but also leads to breakthroughs in biology, biotechnology, healthcare & medicine. Nanoparticles’ size is almost the same as most biological molecules and structures therefore, nanomaterials can be useful for both in vivo and in vitro research and applications. Nanomaterials integration with biology has led to the development of contrast agents,, physical therapy applications, analytical tools, drug delivery vehicles, diagnostic devices etc…
- 3D Printing
Just the thought of the possibility of actually making an image “alive” and creating it in front of you, awakens and opens a lot of possibilities. There is a future where we can have actual physical objects right in front of us delivered digitally over the internet.
3D printing is already a reality. Eventually it will lead to more efficient, lighter parts for cars, planes, space ships, replacement body parts, ranging from printed underwear to 3D printed capsules & pills, from synthetic hearts to 3D printed homes on other planets.