Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2014

 

Body-adapted Wearable Electronics

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Many months ago, Google introduced to the public it’s latest innovative invention, the Google Glass, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass, in layman’s terms, is simply a typical eyeglasses equipped by a computer. I remember the day I first read the article about Google Glass: people’s reactions were mixed. Some people didn’t like the idea, while some avid Google fans admired the latest invention, telling everyone that Google will start a new chapter and soon revolutionize the world. By launching this newest invention, Google sure did rocked the entire world by showing us a new way of carrying technology.

However the question is, will body-adapted wearable devices change the way people live dramatically? Will it be a success, or a flop? Will this become a stepping stone for future technologies to come? For me, I have a very optimistic view towards it. I think the thought of merging latest innovative ideas into eyeglasses is really original and creative.  It’s like watching a sci-fi movie directed by Stanley Kubrick. It offers a variety of prospects and opportunities to us consumers and it basically makes the world small, really small. However for me, it will take us a really long time to adapt to this new invention. I think people won’t like it at first. But as soon as they see it’s advantages in everyday life, they’ll eventually learn to like it. It’s like re-inventing tablets once again, people disliked the idea at first, but as soon as they see that they can use it productively in their work, school, or chores they’ll begin to love it.

 

Screenless Display

 

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If you’re an avid fan of the Iron Man or the Avengers, you will know that J.A.R.V.I.S. is Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent computer system. JARVIS, though fictional, is a great example of a screenless display computer system. It is an idea or concept of displaying computer outputs without the use of LED screens, but instead using holographic color video displays. The idea sure sounds like it came from the thoughts of George Lucas’ Star Wars, but I think as technology grows rapidly nowadays, the possibility of inventing screenless display grows dramatically as well.

However, will it fit the consumers’ necessities? Sure, the demands of this new technology will rise considerably as it enters the market but will it be considered a necessity? For me it won’t because displaying something holographically won’t have any difference than displaying something on screen. For certain people who need some 3D display for their everyday work like architects or engineers, sure it will have an impacting effect. But for typical consumers, I think this will be a flop because this will have less useful measures for their everyday lives.

 

Brain-computer Interfaces

 

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Imagining the ability to control computers using only our brain may sound creepy and horrifying to others. It seems like watching an episode from The Twilight Zone. However, for me, it is yet another giant leap for mankind. When I was  young, I read an article in some book that tells the possibility of controlling things with only a human brain attached as the main component. I thought at first that this would be impossible but now that I read this article showing that this is indeed possible, my mind just got blown.

Of course this would entail many ethical issues regarding religion and whatnot. But for me we should focus more on its many advantages. It will take a very long time for us humans to effectively use it though. Sure, we can manipulate lab rats’ brain but let’s be honest; it will take a while for us to even test human brains to connect to computers. However the overall pros of the idea severely defeats its cons. Imagine if we have a complete database of every knowledge of every human beings on earth. We could connect these knowledges and create some super-inteligent being. This is of course a ridiculous idea but who knows what could we accomplish knowing that we could interconnect our brains.

 

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