Technology continuously moves at a fast pace, whether we like it or not, with each year bringing revolutionary and innovative projects. Some of the brightest minds are working on the next bit of advanced technology that will completely change the way we live our lives.
There are developments taking place right this moment that are straight out of sci-fi novels. There is much to look forward to in this realm of future technology, may it be mind-reading robots, AI capable of making prompt-based images, holographic reimaginations, synthetic high-tech eyes, and other mind-boggling technology. We’ve chosen a few of the most compelling and captivating concepts for you to consider.
Internet Access for All
We probably can’t survive without it, but only around half the world’s total population is actually online. There are a number of reasons for this, including social and economic factors, but for some, internet connection is not accessible due to lesser development and hence no connectivity.
Google is solving the problem by sending internet connections to inaccessible places with helium balloons. On the other hand, Facebook has dropped their strategy to do the same thing with drones, giving companies such as Hiber a head start. They’ve taken another approach by launching their network of microsatellites the size of shoe boxes into the Earth’s low orbit. This wakes up a router connected to your gadgets when it flies over and delivers data.
Virtual reality universes
The company once known as Facebook has changed its name to Meta. This marks the entry of Zuckerberg and his massive team into the metaverse – and embodied internet accessed primarily through virtual and augmented reality.
As part of this transition, Meta will begin to invest more time in equipment for accessing this new world – primarily in VR.
Unlike previous VR ventures by the brand, such as the Oculus Quest 2, this won’t be a gadget for random consumers, instead of aiming to provide the best VR experience possible. VR is currently receiving a lot of funding from Meta, Google, Sony, and a slew of other major tech companies, and it will see significant improvements in the coming years.
For years, holograms have filled science fiction books, films, and culture, and while they exist, they are difficult to achieve, especially on a large scale. However, Holobricks is a potential technology that could change this.
A study by the University of Cambridge and Disney Research came up with Holobricks, a way to tile together several holograms to make a large, seamless 3D image.
The problem with many current holographs is that they take a lot of data to make, especially when they are made on a large scale. A standard HD display for a 2D image requires approximately 3GB per second to generate. A hologram of comparable size and resolution would process close to 3TB per second, which is a massive amount of data.
To address this, Holobricks would provide individual sections of a larger holographic image, drastically reducing the amount of data required. This could eventually lead to holograms used in everyday consumer entertainment such as movies, games, and digital displays.
Better AI image generation
A new industry for artificial intelligence has emerged: the world of art. Researchers at the company OpenAI have developed software that can generate images from only worded prompts.
You can even specify the style of art that the AI will return in response to your request. However, the technology isn’t perfect and still has flaws, such as when given poor design prompts for cartoon characters.
Dall-E technology is now in its second iteration, and the team behind it intends to continue developing it. In the future, we may see this technology used to create art exhibitions, for businesses to get fast, unique illustrations, or to revolutionize the way memes are created on the internet.
Tech labor market growth
The “great resignation” has defined the COVID-19 economy, a term used for the delayed labor market caused by employees re-thinking their lifestyles and leaving unsecured environments or posts they don’t see as worthwhile anymore in their increasingly busy everyday lives.
The potential outcome of this reestablishment is that a significant number of tech prodigies will return to safer companies that offer larger, more stable salaries and, at the same time, avoid the struggles of a startup lifestyle. And, because startups are usual training grounds for a new line-up of highly skilled workers, we may soon face a years-long gap in talent.
Despite this, a shockingly prominent theme emerged from multiple expert predictions: the belief that the classic and old ways are still the best. Even though our tech-obsessed community is always talking about the next big thing, it’s difficult to improve on what’s already perfect.
The vinyl revival is also growing, as is SMS texting. People may check their email while not staring at texts and enjoying their favorite podcasts. And although the extreme personalization of modern social media algorithms has advantages, there are times when you want to find out about cool information on your own via newsletters and subscriptions. The best part is that email arrives at the expected rate, and the future most certainly will not.