The technology of 2015 went beyond larger screens and app updates. There has been a broad range of technologies invented from cool science projects to objects that can transform peoples lives. Some are saying that we haven’t seen anything of this since the invention of the printing press in the 1400s. Let’s take a look at the three new technologies that will transform our lives as we know it.
A technology that became mainstream this year was the CRISPR gene modification. These are elements of an ancient system that protect bacteria and other single-celled organisms from viruses, acquiring immunity to them by incorporating genetic elements from the virus invaders. With them, DNA can be edited. That means that we can remove unwanted sequences or insert payload sequences, costing as little as $100. CRISPR modification can correct DNA that is responsible for genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia and Alzheimer’s.
Since the cost of drone dropped to $100, the drone age has officially begun. It was estimated that Americans would purchase almost half a million of these flying machines over the holiday season this year. We will see them everywhere; and as the technology advances, they will be able to carry heavier weights and travel greater distances. Who knows, by next year Amazon and Walmart could be delivering your groceries or Starbucks to your home via drone. Not only making our lives easier, but they will monitor traffic and crime, perform building inspects and provide emergency assistance in disasters.
Bitcoin, the unregulated and uncontrolled digital currency has caused a lot of controversy. It gained notoriety by criminals and hackers, then falling from its peak of $1100 to $250. Now it is gaining acceptance by retailers like Overstock.com. Aside from this, the technology that underlies it – blockchain has become the basis of hundreds of technology-development efforts. You see, blockchain isn’t just for finance. It can digitize anything like birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, deeds and titles of ownership, medical records, votes, etc. It could transform the lives of billions of people who lack bank accounts and access to legal infrastructure that we take for granted.
There has most definitely been great progress in data of the Internet and connecting doctors to patients as well. What else do you see disrupting our world in 2016?