The technologies mentioned in this article will in some way, affect the politics in countries, their economy, have an influence on different cultures, or do a lot to improve medicine. Some of these breakthrough technologies are unfolding now, while others will take about a decade or so to develop. However, you should get to know about them right now, so here, what we feel, are the 5 most innovative technologies of 2017.
- Pay with your face
Computers have become exceptionally good at identifying faces and it will soon be possible for you to make payments using your face instead of cash or a card. This technology is increasing at a rapid rate in China, in both convenience and surveillance. Face recognition may just alter everything from policing to how people interact each day with stores, transportation services, as well as banks. If China is using this face-detecting system now to authorize payments, track down criminals and provide access to facilities, is there a chance that other countries will follow suit?
- Smartphone tech that allows you to “see” around corners
It has always been an impressive and handy trick in spy movies and novels where the superhero has the ability to see through walls. With this new technology, people will be able to do this in real life, in the form of Smartphone cameras that can detect moving objects even when they are out of sight around corners. This futuristic-sounding piece of technology could, according to recent studies, help vehicle-drivers as well as pedestrians to see around blind corners – a few seconds that could save many lives.
- The most precise clock on earth
This new clock, powered by super cold strontium atoms, is more precise than any clock ever built. It is capable of ticking efficiently for one thousand times the lifetime of the universe! It uses the vibrations of atoms – like an exceptionally precise metronome, to measure time. The atomic clocks currently being used are out by seconds over tens of billions of years, but this new one remains so precise, that it will only lose about 1 second over a period of around 90 billion years!
- Paint like van Gogh
There’s a new man-made intelligence system that can change the simplest of sketches into works of art similar to those of the great artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The artificial intelligence (AI) system named Vincent, discovered how to paint by “researching” 8000 artworks from the Renaissance all the way up to the 20th century. Not only is Vincent unique in its ability to produce pleasing art, but also in its capability to react quickly to human input. Sketch a picture from your imagination and Vincent will turn it into a work of art.
- Self-driving trucks
First there were self-driving cars and now there are self-driving trucks, both with seemingly the same challenges and opportunities. However, trucks aren’t simply long cars. The economic grounds for self-driving trucks for one thing, could very well be stronger than for driverless cars. They will be able to co-ordinate their movements to group together on long stretches of freeway, which would reduce wind-drag and save on fuel. Allowing the truck to drive itself part of the time makes sense too, since it will help truckers to finish their routes in shorter time.