Summary of Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2018

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Predicting which technologies will define the human future is notoriously difficult; The Jetsons featured flying cars, but not iPhones. If anyone could make such predictions, though, the experts in artificial intelligence, robotics, biology and inorganic chemistry gathered by Scientific American would be the group to do it. They sifted through over fifty new technologies slated to disrupt people’s lives and the world in the next three to five years and whittled them down to this top ten list. If you’re curious about what these visionaries think the future might hold, check this one out. 

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Authors include Mariette DiChristina, Bernard S. Meyerson, Corinna E. Lathan, Andrew Maynard, Geoffrey Ling, G. Owen Schaefer, Sang Yup Lee, Jeff Carbeck, Elizabeth O’Day, Habiba Alsafar, Cynthia H. Collins, Javier Garcia Martinez, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik.



Augmented reality means data will infuse your vision of the world.

Even if you’ve never played Pokémon GO, you have probably already experienced augmented reality. When you try to parallel park, the yellow guidelines that appear in the car’s display are a digital superimposition upon the real scene. But this is only the beginning. Apple, Microsoft and Google are all actively working to ensure that much of reality will be augmented in the near future. Current applications target tourists, showing them translated street signs, and shoppers, showing them how those chairs would look in their homes. Future applications will provide holographic docents for museum goers and 3-D images of tissues for surgeons about to make their first cut. In industry, augmented reality’s ability to integrate physical and digital systems is already improving quality and reducing costs by generating real time images of where problems in a pipeline may crop up.

AIs could identify or design useful new molecules more quickly than any lab technician.

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