Top 10 Evolving Technologies

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6. Improved light focusing technology

light focusing technology

The primary reason why our current DVDs have a capacity limited to 4.7 Gigabytes resides in the diffraction limit, a physical law that implies a light beam can’t be focused on a dot with dimensions smaller than 1/2 the wavelength of the said beam. Although it is possible to circumvent the diffraction limit in lab conditions, the method is inapplicable in day to day life. However, Frederico Capasso and Kenneth Crozier are working on a way to attach nano-size (approximately 40 nm) “optical antennas” to standard lasers and theorize that, in case they succeed, the storage capacity of the standard DVD would be of around 3.6 TB.

 

7. Precision neuronal mind control

neuronal mind control

Although they have successfully controlled people’s minds with propaganda and mind numbing television shows, scientists are still working on ways to optimize the process. Seriously though, electroconvulsive therapy, which imply turning of the components of the brain responsible for conditions like depression, was applied in practice for many years. However, its primary downside is memory loss. The solution proposed by Deisseroth and which seems like something out of Frank Herbert’s novels, is the implementation of protein synthesized from a species of green algae that will act as “trigger” for the brain’s neuronal activity.

 

8. Using nano-technology to treat conditions

Nano-technology to treat conditions

Peptides, a nano-scale protein might just represent one of the biggest allies of modern medical science. Their propensity of self-assembling in the form of a tightly woven mesh could make them invaluable additions in surgical procedures, because they are able to stop bleeds. Moreover, studies indicate that they might even promote faster healing.

 

9. Digital imaging

Digital imaging

According to professors Kelly and Baraniuk, the current standards in medical imaging should soon become obsolete, with the introduction of cameras that do not have to compress the image. The principle behind this technology comprises of utilizing one sensor to gather sufficient info that will be processed by a reconstructing algorithm in order to render the scan.

 

10. Augmenting our perception of reality

VR glasses

We can all agree that we saw this one coming when Google announce their VR glasses. However, it seems that Nokia – and more exactly the team coordinated by Markus Kahari – will be the first ones to finalize a portable augmented reality phone, which includes maps, GPS sensors, accelerometers and much, much more. However, it has been argued that the multitude of features deem the practical application excessively complex for the normal public. But it’s not finalized yet!

 

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