Many of us know the saying: necessity is the mother of invention. Every few years, we have some new technology that is implemented and overturns everything people knew. With new technology, we have seen the growth and rise of the internet, social media platforms, high-tech gadgets, and many more promising inventions that have changed our lives. One thing that’s for sure is that technology never stops moving. We’re still looking for inventions like time-travel, teleportation, and so on. However, all this will take time, and we can only hope it will get us where we want. We have prepared a list of six technologies expected to have widespread consequences for the human race in 2020.
5G network was the long-awaited invention in 2020. You might have seen ads about 5G wireless devices popup while browsing the web. Big tech companies like Verizon and AT&T are setting up small connection points in public spaces, like parks, to show off what’s to come. According to a review from American Investor Spot, this is only the tip of the iceberg as we should expect to see more. Currently, 5G technology has a low range, so it’s possible to use it in small areas only. However, this won’t always be the case, and it’s bound to change. 5G technology uses high frequencies but has a smaller coverage area. This means it’s faster than 4G LTE, which is the current technology.
When it comes to IoT, anything is possible. Artificial intelligence has made AI algorithms possible to run from a standard smartphone and any other consumer device without talking to the cloud. Through tiny AI, experts lower the size of existing AI models through knowledge distillation. All this happens without losing the algorithm’s functionalities or performance speed. The advantage of accessing AI algorithms from our gadgets is that you cannot experience latency because there’s no direct communication with the cloud. Additionally, there are fewer privacy issues. Big tech giants like Apple, Amazon, and Google, among others, are key players with this technology.
Advancements in Electric Car Batteries
Experts say electric cars will likely replace standard vehicles by the next century. In the US, many people are now moving away from traditional vehicles and switching to electric versions. However, one of the issues holding back EVs is the batteries. The standard electric car has a range of 160-320 miles and takes an hour or more to charge. If your electric vehicle dies of charge, you might be stuck waiting for it to recharge. One new invention that is on the way has promised to lower the charging hours down to 10 minutes. This concept works by increasing the battery’s temperature as it charges. Researchers have found out that it causes the changing reaction to occur more quickly than it did before.
Smart Climate Change Prediction
Since we now have advanced computer processing power, scientists can directly attribute climate change to serious weather events. With this data, we can figure out how to prepare for future events. Additionally, this also gives evidence to hold governments or organizations responsible for any damage done by extreme weather events caused by climate change. Scientists also term this as climate change attribution. It also contributes to the conversation surrounding climate litigation. The discussion is becoming more common as climate change causes extreme weather events that result in the loss of property and lives.
The use of digital currency is snowballing, and we can expect to see a decline in the use of physical cash. Digital currency exists in digital form, and this has significant consequences for financial privacy. With benefits such as instant transactions, it also means transacting through a new channel or switching our traditional channels altogether. Using blockchain technology, the money supply is decentralized and can reach through different sources.
In 2020, solar technology could account for a significant portion of global power generation. This will help economies and companies to guard against rising energy costs. Adopting solar also has immense benefits on the impacts of climate change. However, we will need to find new opportunities to lower solar technologies’ expense, which will be vital in unlocking this potential. In a few years, we expect to see widespread adoption of solar technology globally.
There is more advancement in almost every sector you may think of. In the health sector, scientists are introducing new treatment methods that could even see the beginning of the end of diseases like cancer. What we see today will change over time, and you can expect to see more promising inventions in years to come.