Top 10 Technological Achievements of 2017 That Promise to Change Our Future

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Technology helps to bring about social advancement and improves our lives. As such, let us look at few of the interesting technological achievements that are catching the headlines in 2017.

Top 10 Promising Technological Achievements for 2017

#1 – Liquid Biopsies

liquidbiopsiesThis is considered among major technological advances and a step towards our fight against cancer. Liquid biopsies would especially be a viable alternative in situations where it is not possible to take the usual tissue based biopsies.

Moreover, this type of biopsies would be offering a complete spectrum of data which is not available when tissue samples are taken since such tissue samples only reflect the details present in that sample.

Lastly, by analyzing circulating tumor DNA, these liquid biopsies are able to spot things like:

  • Genetic material which gets into blood stream from cancer cells.

  • Additionally, treatment resistance as well as progression of diseases can also be quickly traced.

#2 – Clean Water Out of Thin Air

harvestwaterAnother of the technological achievements worth looking at relates to extraction of clean water from air. This is not a new technology but existing technology consumes lot of electricity and there should also be high moisture in air for the techniques to work properly.

But now with advent of this new technique (developed by a team consisting of experts from University of California and MIT), things are going to change drastically. Here experts are using porous crystals for converting water without use of any type of energy.

#3 – Deep Learning

computervisionDue to advancement in technology it is now possible for computers to recognize images, sometimes even better than we humans do. This has become possible because of what is known as deep learning which is a branch of artificial intelligence.

A real breakthrough technology, this type of computer vision technology is currently being used for tasks such as:

  • Medical diagnostics

  • Driving autonomous vehicles

  • Monitoring of crop yield

  • Monitoring of water levels

  • Damage assessment with respect to insurance claims

#4 – Liquid Fuels

liquidfuelsNow experts are trying to devise a way which will allow them to imitate what ordinary plant leaves do so easily. Scientists are attempting to perform artificial photosynthesis which will help them in generating as well as storing energy.

Considered a breakthrough technology, here the focus is on utilizing catalysts (sun activated) which can divide water molecules into hydrogen and water. After that the hydrogen will be used for converting available CO2 into required hydrocarbons.

When implemented, this technology will prove to be quite revolutionary for the wind as well as solar industry.

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#5 – Atlas Made Up of Human Cells

humancellatlasCounted among important technological advances, the primary aim of this project is to:

  • Recognize all the different types of cells present in tissues.

  • Know more about proteins, genes as well as other molecules present in these cells.

  • Learn about processes that control various activities.

  • Understand where exactly the cells are situated.

  • The procedure using which cells interact with each other.

  • What can happen if genetic as well as other aspects of our cells experience changes.

The results gained from this project will help us make further advancements in the realm of health care.

$6 – Precision Farming

precisionfarmingWe are experiencing Fourth Industrial Revolution wherein farmers have access to new and advanced tools which help in improving crop yield as well as quality and at the same time reduce our dependence on chemicals and water.

Few such tools which farmers nowadays use for providing better care to plants include:

  • Data analytics software

  • Mapping tools

  • GPS, robotics, sensors

New technologies and their efficacy is also being tested, as for instance, tests are being performed on use of monitoring systems which will be relying solely on cellphones as well as solar power.

#7 – Green Vehicles and Their Catalysts

green-vehiclesWork is in progress on a zero emission technology which will be making use of fuel cells that are hydrogen fed.

So far, the process used catalysts that used platinum but due to its high cost, the progress made in experiments was relatively slow. But now, experts are focusing on using catalysts which will not be relying on platinum or any other metal for this purpose.

#8 – Genomic Vaccines

genomicvaccinesGene based vaccines can prove to be much superior to the usual vaccines in different ways. Let us go through details here:

  • It is relatively easy to quickly manufacture them and proves to be helpful in case a violent outbreak occurs.

  • It is also less expensive to produce genetic material in comparison to manufacture of proteins within cell cultures.

  • Another important aspect in favor of genomic vaccines is that in case a pathogen mutates, genomic vaccines can result in faster adaptation.

#9 – Sustainable Designs

sustainabilityWork is progressing on a project which when completed will result in reduction of carbon emissions as well as electric consumption. It is one of the important technological advances wherein experts are also trying to reuse waste water so that our dependence on potable water goes down by as much as 70%.

#10 – Quantum Computing

quantumcomputingConsidered one of the major technological advances, quantum computers hold limitless potential and IBM has already started using this technology.

It has made first quantum computer accessible over the cloud for public. Now other large corporations are taking steps to utilize quantum computing and bring about a change in how we do things.

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