Tech of Tomorrow
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
It’s been said that we are living in a golden age of technology, where advancements continue to happen at a breakneck pace. Sure enough, with the pace that we are at in technological advancements, the stuff we saw in science fiction will continue to become reality than fantasy. From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go back to sleep, technology is everywhere. The highly digital life we live and the development of our technological world have become the new normal.
With data growing faster than ever before, the future of technology is even more interesting than what is happening now. We’re just at the beginning of a revolution that will touch every business and every life on this planet. What new technological advancements may be in store for us in the future? Here are some technologies that may cause a major change in the world we have today that are in the process of being developed.
Chip implants in the brain
Elon Musk never seems to fail in making headlines when it comes to ‘bleeding edge’ technology. One of his most ambitious ventures comes in the form of Neuralink, a company that is dedicated to creating implantable brain-machine interfaces (basically putting computer chips in your brain). The company was founded in 2016 and has been developing this concept.
Mind you, the technology of connecting the neural signals coming from the brain and connecting them to a computer has been there for quite some time now. Musk claims that the technology has been developed to a point where using thin connectors that snake into the brain, their neural link implant can receive signals from the brain and interpret them.
Unfortunately, the technology is still at a basic stage which means it’ll still be quite some time until we can communicate telepathically or perform any other function that we’ve seen in science-fiction (Sci-Fi).
You saw it in the hands of Tony Stark and plenty of other heroes in stories that are heavily based on sci-fi. Transparent phones are an eye-catcher and apparently, Samsung wants to make one. Yes, the tech giant that brought us foldable touchscreen smartphones has put its sights on smartphones with transparent screens. This was revealed when news came of Samsung filing patents that suggested a smartphone with a transparent screen is in the works.
Of course, there have been previous attempts at transparent screens such as the Xperia Pureness by Sony Ericsson in 2009, but Samsung wants to take it to a whole new level.
The only reasonable justification for such a phone would be if technology related to augmented reality made big leaps in advancement. However, it definitely would have a massive ‘cool’ factor out of the box.
Seamless augmented reality integration
Augmented Reality (AR) another piece of sci-fi that could become a reality sooner than we think. The concept of AR hit the mainstream with the release of the popular game Pokemon GO, and you will see products that use AR in promotions. However, we are yet to see a full integration of the virtual world and the physical world.
This is probably where a phone with a transparent screen could come into play. Imagine google maps navigation, but you see the navigation through the screen and appear on what seems to be real life. Hovering your screen in front of a sign could show its menu and specials. If you’re in a foreign country, looking through your screen can translate the signs for you to better navigate.
All this technology exists, but not in seamless integration. However, we are growing closer and closer to that day.
More sophisticated wearable tech
While seamless AR integration through a transparent screen sounds nice, it would be a lot more effective and realistic to interact with AR using something like a pair of glasses or contact lenses for example.
Google Glass was an early, primitive first attempt at such a concept. However, smart glass technology has come a long way since then and there are plenty of companies that produce thinner, sleeker, and more efficient devices.
MrMobile; a popular YouTube channel reviewed a new generation of smart glasses named Focals by North showcased a great example of the potential of the technology. Unfortunately, all this is still in need of a few years more worth of tweaking.
Although Sri Lanka is yet to receive 5G network coverage, the technology has already made its way to many countries and is slowly spreading.
Unfortunately, because 5G works on millimetre wave technology, it cannot travel well through solid objects. Signal strength is horrendously bad indoors and when you’re far from a tower. You could have a full signal while surfing the web in your balcony, but find no signal at all when you step inside.
Also, to have all the above-mentioned technology, 5G doesn’t provide enough capacity to provide a truly massive wireless network with its capacity as of now. Therefore, most of this technology would be achievable, but will most likely be obtainable when 6G rolls out and we have better processing capabilities in our devices.
However, it may take a little more time because of the slowdown in tech caused by the China-US trade war in 5G technologies.
This is of course just the tip of the iceberg. Many other new ideas and concepts are being developed by scientists around the world. What will the future hold for us? We’ll just have to find out for ourselves.