We’re living in an era when technology is evolving rapidly. Because of new technology, the steady jobs that enabled fathers years ago to put food on the table no longer exist. Likewise, industries have sprung up from jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago.
Here is the next batch of new technologies that we think will change how the world works.
Tesla radar tech can predict accidents
Tesla’s new radar processing technology comes with a nifty safety feature. Via Electrek:
“One of the main features enabled by the new radar processing capacity is the ability for the system to see ahead of the car in front of you and basically track two cars ahead on the road. The radar is able to bounce underneath or around the vehicle in front of the Tesla Model S or X and see where the driver potentially can not because the leading vehicle is obstructing the view.
That’s demonstrated clearly in this real world situation on the Autobahn today.
In the video embedded below, we can hear the Tesla Autopilot’s Forward Collision Warning sending out an alert for seemingly no reason, but a fraction of a second later we understand why when the vehicle in front of the Tesla crashes into an SUV that wasn’t visible from the standpoint of the Tesla driver, but apparently it was for the Autopilot’s radar:
— Hans Noordsij (@HansNoordsij) 27 December 2016
Hans Noordsij, the Tesla driver from the Netherlands who reported the video, said that everyone involved in the accident ‘turned out to be OK’ despite the fact that the SUV rolled over.”
Fast-charging, noncombustible batteries
Remember those exploding smartphones? They might soon be history with this new breakthrough. Via UT News:
“A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage.
Goodenough’s latest breakthrough, completed with Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga, is a low-cost all-solid-state battery that is noncombustible and has a long cycle life (battery life) with a high volumetric energy density and fast rates of charge and discharge. The engineers describe their new technology in a recent paper published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.”
3D printing is now a craft technology
3D modelling + craft = digital handmade craft. Via UTS Newsroom:
“For many people, craft is wooden chairs and pottery, all lovingly constructed by hand. A 3D-printed plastic object? Not so much.
The work of Australian designer Berto Pandolfo, shown in a new exhibition at Kensington Contemporary in Sydney, upends that rule. His sidetables demonstrate that digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing offer new possibilities for design practitioners with a craft ethos.
By using new technology to enrich rather than substitute traditional techniques, he is part of a movement that the writer Lucy Johnston has termed ‘the digital handmade’ – designers that use emerging digital techniques to create desirable objects.”
Plant-inspired tech could power cars
Scientists in Chicago have engineered a solar cell that can help meet energy demands and climate change commitments. Via CGTN:
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have created a system that mimics the natural photosynthesis process of plants.
The team developed a catalyst that allows it to absorb a heat-trapping greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, from the atmosphere and break it into a mix of carbon monoxide and hydrogen by using sunlight. That mix is called “syngas” and can be turned into fuel that can be used in transportation such as cars and lorries.
Blockchain is a new technology for world finance
Blockchain, a digital ledger where financial transactions are recorded chronologically and publicly, can be used in other world currencies to give governments better control over their economies. Via The Trumpet:
“One form of Fintech, blockchain, first became famous for its use in Bitcoin—the first widespread digital currency. The challenge with any purely electronic currency is to prevent people from spending the same money twice. If the money is merely a set of numbers—as all electronic currencies must be—it can be copied, pasted and spent an unlimited number of times. The solution is blockchain. Encoded in the electronic currency itself is a list of all previous purchases. A quick glance at this list of previous transactions clearly shows who the rightful owner is. This is sometimes called a ‘distributed ledger.’
Bitcoin handled this task anonymously. But governments are very interested in a currency with a built-in audit trail. A state-backed currency using blockchain could make tax fraud almost impossible and give the central government unprecedented control over the economy and over everyone’s money—as well as making financial transactions faster and cheaper.”