10 BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES 2018, collected by MIT
Dueling neural networks. Artificial embryos. AI in the cloud. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) designed the annual list of the 10 technology advances they think will shape the way we work and live now and for years to come.
Every year since 2001 MIT has been conducting a research called the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. Editors of MIT Technology Review noted few breakthroughs in 2018: a new technique in artificial intelligence called GANs which is giving machines the imagination; artificial embryos, despite some thorny ethical constraints, are redefining how life can be created and are opening a research window into the early moments of a human life; and a pilot plant in the heart of Texas’s petrochemical industry is attempting to create completely clean power from natural gas—probably a major energy source for the foreseeable future.
These and other few breakthroughs from the list of TOP 10 are worth reading and to watch out for.
3-D Metal Printing
Breakthrough: now printers can make metal objects quickly and cheaply.
Why It Matters: the ability to make large and complex metal objects on demand could transform manufacturing.
Key Players: Markforged, Desktop Metal, GE
Breakthrough: without using eggs or sperm cells, researchers have made embryo-like structures from stem cells alone, providing a whole new route to creating life.
Why It Matters: artificial embryos will make it easier for researchers to study the mysterious beginnings of a human life, but they’re stoking new bioethical debates.
Key Players: University of Cambridge; University of Michigan; Rockefeller University
Breakthrough A Toronto neighborhood aims to be the first place to successfully integrate cutting-edge urban design with state-of-the-art digital technology.
Why It Matters Smart cities could make urban areas more affordable, livable, and environmentally friendly.
Key Players Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto
Availability Project announced in October 2017; construction could begin in 2019
“What’s distinctive about what we’re trying to do in Quayside is that the project is not only extraordinarily ambitious but also has a certain amount of humility,” says Rit Aggarwala, the executive in charge of Sidewalk Labs’ urban-systems planning.
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Source: MIT Technology Review (2018, March/April). 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
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