Every one of us is always excited to make innovations, learn from its mistakes and make a new improved one. Following are the 5 Best Technology Innovations of 2017. These techs will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.
5 Best Technology Innovations of 2017
About 17,000 people in the US experience spinal cord injuries every year, due to accidents. Depending on the injury severity, this can cause a lot of problems, including muscle weakness in the arms, legs, or abdomen, and paralysis. However, those painful days are now coming to an end.
Scientists are making remarkable progress at using brain implants to restore the freedom of movement that spinal cord injuries take away. They are wirelessly connecting the brain-reading technology directly to electrical stimulators on the body, creating what Courtine calls a “neural bypass” so that people’s thoughts can again move their limbs.
Paying with your Face:
Over the past few years, computers have become incredibly good at recognizing faces, and the technology is expanding quickly in the interest of both surveillance and convenience. Face recognition might be the answer to all of this.
Replacing cash and credit cards, PayPal and other e-payment platforms with facial recognition provide a safe and secure way for e-commerce sales. Face++, a Chinese start-up has invented such technology, which face-detecting systems now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Once it becomes available in the U.S., it will force the current payment systems to evolve, forever changing the way we shop online.
Practical Quantum Computers:
Google, Microsoft, Intel, and others have recently made significant advancements in the field of quantum computers. Advances indicate that computers with previously unimaginable power are finally within reach. The project at Delft, led by Leo Kouwenhoven aims to overcome one of the most long-standing obstacles to building quantum computers: the fact that qubits, the basic units of quantum information, are extremely susceptible to noise and therefore error.
But now Kouwenhoven and his colleagues believe the qubits they are creating could eventually be inherently protected. Such stability would allow researchers to scale up quantum computers by substantially reducing the computational power required for error correction.
The 360-degree Selfie:
We live in a 360-degree world, yet we are accustomed to sharing it in a 1-D way. Until recently, there were two main options for shooting 360-degree photos and videos: use a rig to position multiple cameras at different angles with overlapping fields of view or pay at least $10,000 for a special camera.
Today, as with most technologies, 360 cameras are becoming cheaper and better. Inexpensive cameras that make spherical images are opening a new era in photography and changing the way people share stories. With 360 videos becoming more affordable and widely available, we can expect user-generated content to undergo a renaissance.
Gene Therapy 2.0:
Scientists have solved fundamental problems that were holding back cures for rare hereditary disorders. Researchers have been chasing the dream of gene therapy for decades. The idea is to use an engineered virus to deliver healthy copies of a gene into patients with defective versions.
The new generation of gene therapy, the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tool is expected to start a new wave of faster, more accurate treatment for monogenetic diseases through DNA modification. With around 5,000 inherited disorders caused by genetic errors known to date, the potential for CRISPR is abundant.
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