Here is the future

How far have we come in terms of technology? Here are 5 amazing tech advancements.

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5. SPACE TRAVEL

The number of space missions have decreased since the twenty first century. But luckily, mankind will begin its return to space in 2020, largely driven by the private sector. Since the Cold War, technological advancements have slowed. Notable companies are now making aerospace advancements including SpaceX and Blue Origin.

SpaceX introduces Starship
Starhopper, Starship prototype

SpaceX is developing the rocket Starship, which will reuse the entire vehicle body and may shorten intercontinental trips to 20-30 minutes via space. In China, the government and private enterprises (i.e.: LinkSpace) are making progress in space.

 

4. MOSQUITOTRON

Meet Mosquitotron; a non-toxic yet effective mosquito trap. This great little anti-pest gadget will keep you and your family safe from being harassed by these little flying succubuses. It uses UV light to attract and ultimately capture any mosquitoes in your home. Victims are then sucked into the unit and killed by being dried to death.

3. AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY

In agriculture, companies that offer products using computer vision, AI, and big data stand out. In 2020, it will become common to monitor crop growth by computer vision Ceres Imaging (U.S.), Taranis (Israel), Farmwise (U.S.).

FarmWise(U.S.)

Robots, such as those by Abundant Robotics, that harvest plants and fruits will become more common. The technology for improving crop growth efficiently will also be enhanced by indoor farming companies, such as Bowery Farming (U.S.), funded by GV.

2. HUMAN AUGMENTATION

Human augmentation explores how technology can be used to deliver cognitive and physical improvements as an integral part of the human experience. This
augmentation is leveraging technology to increase human capabilities both physically and cognitively. Companies like Boston Dynamics have already developed a wide variety of human augmenting devices that can be used in factories or on the battlefield.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Briar Purty tests Drone Killer Counter-UAS Technology during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (ANTX-18) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 21, 2018. [THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY]
We have already seen the proliferation of smart devices, and smart wearables. New applications include the use of these wearables to improve worker safety in the mining industry. In other industries, such as retail and travel, wearables could be used to increase worker productivity and increase human ability.

1. QUANTUM INTERNET

An internet based on quantum physics will soon enable inherently secure communication. A team led by Stephanie Wehner, at Delft University of Technology, is building a network connecting four cities in the Netherlands entirely by means of quantum technology. Messages sent over this network will be unhackable.

Unhackable Internet –

The internet is increasingly vulnerable to hacking; a quantum one would be unhackable.

Key players –

1. Delft University of Technology
2. Quantum Internet Alliance
3. University of Science and Technology of China
Availability – ~5 years
In the last few years, scientists have learned to transmit pairs of photons across fiber-optic cables in a way that absolutely protects the information encoded in them. A team in China used a form of the technology to construct a 2,000 kilometer network backbone between Beijing and Shanghai—but that project relies partly on classical components that periodically break the quantum link before establishing a new one, introducing the risk of hacking.

The Delft network, in contrast, will be the first to transmit information between cities using quantum techniques from end to end. The technology relies on a quantum behavior of atomic particles called entanglement. Entangled photons can’t be covertly read without disrupting their content.

But entangled particles are difficult to create, and harder still to transmit over long distances. Wehner’s team has demonstrated it can send them more than 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles), and they are confident they can set up a quantum link between Delft and the Hague by around the end of this year; ensuring an unbroken connection over greater distances. It will require quantum repeaters that extend the network.

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