Technology is moving ahead at an accelerated pace and transforming our lives like never before. New innovations and products are being created every year, all of which aim to improve our everyday experiences. Here’s a brief overview of 5 of the most promising tech innovations in 2018 that are expected to make an impact on all of us in the next 5-10 years.
AI-based robot microscopes: Developed by IBM, AI-powered robot microscopes can help find solutions to some of the biggest problems facing mankind. For example, AI-powered robot microscopes can help resolve the world’s water crisis. These microscopes can work independently to monitor the behavior of microscopic plankton, which in turn can give early warning signs about pollution in water bodies such as rivers, lakes and oceans. These microscopes utilize light sensors to track plankton behavior, which makes them highly accurate and energy efficient.
Crypto-Anchors: Counterfeiting is a major problem and its there in every country. According to estimates, counterfeiting and fraud amounts to a whopping $600 billion loss every year. To fight counterfeiting and frauds, scientists have developed crypto-anchors that can be embedded in any product to establish its authenticity. Crypto-anchors are tamperproof, as they are microscopic codes that work as digital fingerprints. These will be used in combination with blockchain to ensure that the entire supply chain is protected.
Lattice cryptography: Encryption has progressed from 64-bit to 128 and 256-bit, which is the most advanced currently available to consumers. However, even this high level of encryption does not always guarantee 100% security. That’s why scientists have developed Lattice cryptography wherein data is encoded within high-dimensional algebraic structures. This makes the data tamper-proof, as it can’t be cracked even if the hacker is using quantum computers.
AI that can understand human bias: AI has to work on data generated by human activity, a significant part of which is biased. This reduces the accuracy of decisions and results provided by AI. Scientists have now developed an AI system that has the capability to detect human bias in data and eliminate it automatically. Certainly, the system has a long way to go, but the right start has been made.
Quantum computing to go mainstream: Quantum computers are already available to researchers and it’s not long before these become accessible to consumers as well. A qubit quantum computer has been offered by IBM on cloud and there are already more than 100,000 hits from people who are using and evaluating it. Quantum computing is witnessing rapid progress and it is expected to be available to consumers in the next 5-10 years.