As of January 2022, there are 4.95 billion people on the planet that use the internet.
As a technology that only emerged in the 1990s, that shows just how influential new tech can be. Over the years many advancements have been made, with the result of cool new technology appearing all over the world.
Recent and future technology presents a huge range of possibilities. For a rundown of some of the best new technologies that will change human interaction forever, keep reading.
Wearable tech has made its way onto the market in recent years. The most common type is smartwatches/fitness watches. These devices can connect to your smartphone and offer all kinds of features.
Using sensors they can track and analyze information about your body such as heart rate, stress levels, and blood oxygen levels. Beyond this, they can integrate with various functions from your phone. This includes displaying text messages, making calls, and syncing with other apps.
Smart glasses are another emerging wearable, with some already available. They include features such as built-in headphones and cameras. Many companies are already pushing towards augmented reality features.
This is something that has been prominent in sci-fi entertainment for decades and is now becoming a reality. Many VR headsets are already on the market, with a range of games and applications available.
It seems that the use of VR will grow significantly in the near future with the emergence of the metaverse. This allows people to connect over a massive network in real-time with a huge range of experiences available.
Many businesses are looking to the metaverse for the opportunities it presents. There are even people already working in the metaverse full time.
Several smartphone apps have augmented reality features, mostly for entertainment purposes. Future tech will increase the possibilities with both AR and VR.
The blockchain has grown significantly in popularity over the last decade but has still not reached its full potential. It is a decentralized network, in which all transactions are visible to anyone.
The blockchain records all information, and no one can tamper with it. This presents several advantages.
Anything purchased on the blockchain can be traced back to the original source to ensure its authenticity. The original creator can also receive royalties on every sale. This has led to the popularity of NFTs (Non-fungible tokens) in recent years.
Using the blockchain also means that no government can take your asset, and no third party can interfere with your data.
One downside is the number of scammers. While all data is recorded, scammers prey on individuals who don’t have much knowledge of how the blockchain works. This means many people who are new to the technology may fall victim and can end up losing a lot of money with no way of getting it back.
Because of this, it is very important to make sure you fully understand the workings of the blockchain and learn about the scams that are present so that you can avoid them.
Narrow AI systems are currently in use, operating things like Google Maps, spam filter, and virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri. This emerging tech is something that becomes more impressive every year and offers improved convenience to our everyday lives.
Virtual assistants in the home can set reminders, provide weather reports, and control other devices such as lights and heating systems.
Ai has even been implemented into self-driving cars, capable of operating with little to no input from the driver. Technologies such as this raise a lot of controversies, as many people question the safety of letting an AI drive a car instead of a human.
This is another technology that could present incredible opportunities in the coming years.
5G and the Internet of Things
4G connectivity has been around for several years, but as with every new generation, 5G will improve connectivity. Connection speeds may be up to 100 times faster than 4G giving reduced latency and improved signals. Connecting a large number of devices will also have less impact on the network.
5G will be integral in supporting the IoT (internet of things), allowing for improved connections across all kinds of devices. Future ideas based on the IoT include self-driving highway systems, robot-driven agriculture, and smart cities.
Remote work has become common across the world in recent years, and 5G will make this more convenient and reliable for users. Live events such as virtual meetings will be seamless, and people can share data in real-time.
This might seem impossible to many, but it is something that actually already exists. Scientists have been able to grow cultured meat that is essentially identical to real muscle.
At the moment this process is incredibly expensive, so not viable for the public market, but as advancements are made the cost decreases.
Once it is financially viable, this could present an alternative to traditional meat. This may seem unnatural to some, but it gives a more ethical option. It may also be more environmentally friendly, which could cause it to grow rapidly in popularity.
3D Printed Metal
3D printing has come a long way in recent years, providing many solutions in terms of prototyping, medical equipment, and education.
Traditionally 3D printing was mostly done with plastics, but other materials have become suitable, such as metals. Some of the latest 3D printing technology has produced stainless steel parts that are even stronger than similar parts made using traditional methods.
It is still very expensive, so has yet to become a widely used process. Some 3D printers are already capable of printing metal parts up to 100 times faster than standard methods. This shows how much potential this technology has, and it is sure to explode in the coming years.
Keeping up With Cool New Technology
Technological advancements are always being made, presenting all kinds of new possibilities. Even those on this list will be outdated someday as seemingly impossible technologies are developed.
To keep up to date with the latest cool new technology, check out some of our other blog posts.