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Technology has become a great part of our lives, encompassing some of the most important aspects of our everyday routines, including our professional and personal lives. Technology is also changing the world as we know it, and for the better, having immense power to significantly improve the quality of human life. We are happy to be living in the age of some of the most amazing technological advancements since the very beginning of the concept of technology and technological (r)evolution. We are already accustomed to some forms of technologies that were considered futuristic only decades ago, and it appears that we are advancing faster from decade to decade. That is how we can already have a glimpse into some of the most interesting and most prominent futuristic technologies that could become reality sooner than we think. What are some of the most promising technologies of the future that we can expect to see in the span of the next decade and even sooner?
Robotics: Robots in Living Space, Workspace and Outer Space
Using robots and considering robotics a commercialized sector could have been just an idea several decades ago, however, now we are already using robots to assist us in the workspace and at home. NASA scientists are also relying on robotics to research and examine potential life and conditions on other planets in space, which makes sense as robots do not need food, water, or air and can undergo risks that humans wouldn’t be able to without risking their lives. At the same time, robots are already used as a help in homes, known as smart appliances, and a part of the smart home concept. Very soon, the use of robots in homes will be commercialized and considered mainstream, which is already happening with workspace robots in some sectors. Sectors like construction are already utilizing robotics and AI to reduce the factor of human error and increase the overall safety and security on the worksite. Robots are used to operate tasks that are too dull for humans or carry a certain dose of increased risk to human health, for example handling materials with toxic residue. Companies across numerous industries are also choosing robots for their workspace as a cost-effective solution with mitigated risk for human error, that way improving their business.
Self-driving cars and Electric Vehicles
Electric cars are not a novelty and have been around for some time now, however, tech advancements and improvements are making electric cars only better and more popular. Tesla introduced self-driving electric cars with autopilot driving, however, the autopilot can take control to a certain extent while full automation is not yet possible or safe enough to be turned into a commercial technology. Scientists are working hard to assure that we would be able to enjoy full automation very soon. Since many investors are buying positions in companies that are developing technology for self-driving vehicles, this futuristic technology is certainly rather close to fruition.
When talking about electric vehicles, we can’t oversee the rise of aircraft and eVTOLs – electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles as a part of the developing aircraft industry. Even though it may seem like aircraft and air transport technology as in driving around in air taxis might be far in the future, there are companies like Astro Aerospace that have already developed a fully functional prototype of eVTOLs. Astro Aerospace is a part of a multi-billion industry of eVTOLs, showcasing the popularity of autonomous driving and a faster way of transporting people and goods.
When you take a look at the booming of shares in companies operating with automated driving and similar tech products, it is easy to conclude where the future of transportation lies. The same case goes with aircraft vehicles and eVTOLs.
Astro Aerospace has two modes, including automated flight and autopilot, and manual operation. The aircraft is designed to be compact and perfect for all sorts of use cases, including emergency response, cargo transportation, and transporting people. Astro eVTOLs have a carbon fiber shell, 16 independent rotors that take only 30 seconds to take off when compared to 5 minutes that a helicopter takes, and is user-friendly. Technology like the one used to build and design eVTOLs could make traffic jams a thing of the past, and resolve issues with busy traffic while reducing the time needed to get to any destination. Astro Aerospace (OTC:ASDN) is a company to keep an eye on as it is developing the first commercialized eVTOLs.
Solar Panel Technology
Solar panel technology has been around for decades and its use in homes for alternative energy sources is slowly becoming mainstream with a great potential for future use cases. Tesla Solar Roof allows a somewhat more sophisticated use of solar panels by enabling the integration of solar panels into the house structure, so the panels are hidden. These panels can power an entire home with all appliances, while new tech advancements are trying to find a use for solar panels in the automotive industry. Very soon, solar panels could be used for manufacturing cars that run on solar energy or improve the battery life of electric cars that are already being commercialized as a new tech development in the automotive sector. We could very soon rely on solar panel technology for a variety of use cases.
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning and artificial Intelligence have been widely tested for years, as well as improved to fit various purposes, including seamless integrations with other forms of technology. AI is used in robotics in combination with machine learning to create some of the tech products we are already using commercially, like AI assistants such as Siri or Alexa for example. The sector of AI is still under development and is combined with other technologies, including blockchain to facilitate increased efficiency across various industries. The next huge breakthrough for AI might be building humanoid robots, more efficient recognition systems, and smart software with predictive features.1
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