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The Fascinating Future of Tech


New forms of technology that help us in our day-to-day lives are being developed at a rapid pace — from smart homes, to artificial intelligence and kinesiology built into our devices. Aiming to anticipate user needs, entertain us, and take care of menial tasks, these tech upgrades are set to change many fundamental facets of our lives.

A major benefit is to our health, with air pollution tech rapidly being implemented to help combat the effects of a changing climate.

Air pollution tech

A changing climate doesn’t just mean a change in temperature. Unfortunately, it affects many more aspects of the environment. For example, less fresh and usable water supplies and direct sunshine will greatly degrade our quality of air. This is especially true during extreme heatwaves, which are becoming more common.

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In many megacities the air is already so heavily polluted that it is no longer advisable to ventilate interior spaces with unfiltered outside air, making automation more important than ever.

We all know that air conditioning and internal heating are proven ways to control indoor temperatures, but more intuitive and sustainable tech is on the way. In the near future, smart homes with sensors will be automated to optimise individual thermal temperature and the spatial distribution of air particles.

Using smart technology to mitigate and offset the inevitable change in air quality will be of critical importance for our continued health. Mechanising the home to filter outside air and preserve internal air can be achieved through a series of fascinating tech developments.

By implementing MOS sensors and EC sensors within a smart home or workplace, indoor environments can constantly shift to filter external air and amend the climate inside.

5G and haptic tech

We’ve all heard the hype about 5G, the fifth standard generation of cellular networks. Planned to take over from 4G, 5G is intended to make our daily tech better, faster, and stronger.

Greater capabilities through more connected tech will soon change how we live. Developments in fields like haptic technology — which is technology you can physically feel, communicating through senses like vibrations, motions and forces — are a key area in which we’ll see growth.

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There are 3 categories of haptic systems: graspable, wearable and touchable

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Ways in which we’ll see haptic technology immerse itself in our lives include the obvious, like tech that enhances your gaming experience, as well as the more obscure. For example, tactile Virtual Reality (VR) systems for medical use.  Through incredibly realistic VR, medical students can test their skills via both visual and haptic sensations, preparing them for emergency medical scenarios in a controlled environment, and practicing medicine without risk of hurting test subjects in experiments.

This cuts costs, and may even prove to be more educational for medical students before they enter a “real life” environment.

“Sentient” technology

Artificial Intelligence is already enmeshed in many of our routines, often without us really thinking about it. Take Apple’s virtual assistant Siri; a simple but incredible piece of tech that we can access straight from our pocket. Even though we have so many helpful kinds of tech in our lives, it’s only going to get better, and even more captivating from here.

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The concept of AI as a technologic force has been around since 1956.

The concept of artificial intelligence and its effect on humanity can be a little scary, but the possibilities are almost endless. In 2016, Apple purchased Emotient Inc, an American AI company that has invented a technology that can “read” human facial expressions.

The uses of Emotient’s capabilities are far-reaching. It is already being used by advertising firms to assess the facial expressions of ad viewers to glean their responses, by doctors to interpret signs of pain in patients who are not able to verbally communicate, and by retailers to gauge the reactions of shoppers in retail stores.

Technology like this could soon be accessible for personal use. Imagine your phone sending you an alert at the end of each day with a report on your most-used facial expressions of the day, and what that can mean for your emotional wellbeing.

With so many innovative and inventive updates in technology, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all the changes we’re set to experience. But one thing is for sure — it’s certainly going to be an exciting future for us all.

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