Advanced technology refers, in general, to High technology.
High technology, often abbreviated to high tech (adjective forms high-technology, high-tech or hi-tech) is technology that is at the cutting edge: the most advanced technology available. The opposite of high tech is low technology, referring to simple, often traditional or mechanical technology; for example, a slide rule is a low-tech calculating device.
The phrase was used in a 1958 The New York Times story advocating “atomic energy” for Europe: “… Western Europe, with its dense population and its high technology .” Robert Metz used the term in a financial column in 1969: “Arthur H. Collins of Collins Radio controls a score of high technology patents in variety of fields.” and in a 1971 article used the abbreviated form, “high tech.”
A widely-used classification of high-technological manufacturing industries is provided by the OECD. It is based on the intensity of research and development activities used in these industries within OECD countries, resulting in four distinct categories.
NOW WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY OF 2018:
Truly Smart Homes
“Automation” as a concept has been perennial. The term “Automation” means integration of machines into selfgoverning
system to perform tasks performed by human beings or tasks which are impossible for human beings to
perform. In easy words, to simplify and ease Human efforts.
Smart Home began just as a concept and was only perceived as a science fiction. For many years many distinguished
writers imagined about a future home where everything is done automatically. One such conception was Ray Bradbury‟s
short story “There Will Come Soft Rains”, where he depicted a Home which keeps on functioning on its own after the
civilization was nearly destroyed by nuclear war. The idea of Smart Home or Home Automation commenced in early
20th century, with the invention of household machines called Home Appliances. It simply involved Control and
Automation of household machines such as lightings, washing machines, heating, ventilation and air conditioning
systems, security systems, gas leak and smoke detectors, to name a few. Although the early home appliances and
machines were somewhat automatic, performing mostly their islanded functions. But cannot be mentioned as what can be
called “Smart”, as human intervention was still needed. More to that individual unit or appliance can only be
controlled through a dedicated control unit exclusively paired.
CG That Looks Real
In a world where many CG artists are aiming for photorealism, one very skilled photographer seems to be going the opposite way. These images look like something straight out of 3DS Max or Blender. They’re not, though. They’re actually very carefully designed photographs, created by Norwegian design duo Lars Marcus Vedeler and Theo Zamudio-Tveterås at their studio, Skrekkøgle.
Looking at the final work is pretty surreal, and if nobody ever told you that they weren’t CG renders, you’d never be able to tell. In a way, it kind of makes you redefine “photorealism”. I mean, these are photos, so if your renders look like this, they’re photorealistic now, right?
Construction of each image required a variety of materials and techniques. These include vinyl wrapped wooden models, 3D printing, and construction paper, which achieves an amazing final result.
Standalone VR Headset
The standalone VR headsets is that it fits into a tidy gap between two different worlds – the wireless freedom and ease of use of mobile VR with the power and pixels of high-end VR. Or, well, that’s the theory, but it’s a theory we’re seeing play out.
One of the problems with VR from a mass-appeal standpoint is barrier to entry. High-end headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive may have seen price cuts recently, but they’re still upwards of $400. That’s before you include the not-so-hidden cost of having a high-end gaming PC to power the thing.
Advancement In 3D Printings
More than three decades on from its invention, will 3D printing remain one to watch in 2018?
2017 was another exciting year for 3D printing. Advancements in printable materials combined with progress in mechanical techniques to develop the creation of different objects, and the purposes they are suitable for. Across the board, 3D printing kept its reputation for reducing costs and improving efficiency in manufacturing and engineering. It also showed that it can serve unique purposes in such fields as healthcare and robotics. Let’s look back at some of the highlights of 3D printing over the last year.
- Printing with metal
- 3D printed vaccines
- 3D printing in the construction industry
- 3D printing and robotics
- Sale of the millionth desktop 3D printer
A smart robot is an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can learn from its environment and its experience and build on its capabilities based on that knowledge.
Smart robots can collaborate with humans, working along-side them and learning from their behavior. An early example of a smart robot is Baxter, produced by Rethink Robotics of Boston, Massachusetts. Baxter is an industrial android (humanoid robot) that can work right next to line employees on the factory floor, often working on highly repetitive tasks such as precision packing.
The number and types of tasks that can be automated or augmented by software, robots and other smart machines is rapidly increasing. Smart robots have the capacity for not only manual labor but cognitive tasks. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, authors of “The Second Machine Age,” maintain that technological advances have led global culture to an inflection point rivaling that brought about by the industiral revolution.
According to Gartner, the prominent technology research firm, software, robots and other smart machines will take over one in three jobs currently conducted by humans by the year 2025.
Space tourism is space travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. There are several different types of space tourism, including orbital, suborbital and lunar space tourism. To date, orbital space tourism has been performed only by the Russian Space Agency. Work also continues towards developing suborbital space tourism vehicles. This is being done by aerospace companies like Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. In addition, SpaceX (an aerospace manufacturer) announced in 2017 that it is planning on sending two space tourists on a lunar free-return trajectory aboard its Dragon V2 spacecraft in 2018. The spacecraft will be launched by the Falcon Heavy rocket. However, it was announced in February 2018 that this is no longer planned.
During the period from 2001 to 2009, the publicized price for flights brokered by Space Adventures to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was in the range of US$20–40 million. 7 space tourists made 8 space flights during this time. Some space tourists have signed contracts with third parties to conduct certain research activities while in orbit.
Russia halted orbital space tourism in 2010 due to the increase in the International Space Station crew size, using the seats for expedition crews that would have been sold to paying spaceflight participants. Orbital tourist flights were set to resume in 2015 but the one planned was postponed indefinitely and none have occurred since 2009.
As an alternative term to “tourism”, some organizations such as the Commercial Spaceflight Federation use the term “personal spaceflight”. The Citizens in Space project uses the term “citizen space exploration”.
In the universe of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, bilingual communication was made easy by a small, friendly yellow creature called Babel fish. It could translate any language spoken in any galaxy. Scientists recently invented the world’s first real-time translator, which could translate more than 40 languages. Waverly Labs, a start-up that develops an earpiece language translator, launched its Pilot hardware which is supposedly the real-life alternative of Babel fish.
Last year, Google launched its most awaited product–Pixel Buds. It offers an instant access to Google assistant and a real-time translation of more than 40 languages. Just after saying “Ok Google, help me speak”, it provides instant language translation. To use this facility, one needs Pixel Buds, Google smartphone, and Google Translate app. Although people are widely disappointed by some of the features of Pixel Bud, its translation capability is truly outstanding.
Google’s Pixel bud is not the only player in the wearable real-time translator market. The wireless earphones of Dash Pro powered by Bragi AI are capable of more than just face-to-face conversation translation. It comes with 27 sensors, Bragi’s unique kinetic interface, Bluetooth pairing and connectivity, five hours of battery life, and most importantly, it can translate more than 30 languages. The earbuds feature head-gesture, which allows user to interact with the software just by nodding. Dash Pro resembles Google’s Pixel Buds, however, unlike Pixel Buds, Dash Pro provides a seamless real-time translation.
A blockchain, originally block chain, is a growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked using cryptography. Blockchains which are readable by the public are widely used by cryptocurrencies. Private blockchains have been proposed for business use. Some marketing of blockchains has been called “snake oil”.
Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data (generally represented as a merkle tree root hash). By design, a blockchain is resistant to modification of the data. It is “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way”. For use as a distributed ledger, a blockchain is typically managed by a peer-to-peer network collectively adhering to a protocol for inter-node communication and validating new blocks. Once recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without alteration of all subsequent blocks, which requires consensus of the network majority.
Though blockchain records are not unalterable, blockchains may be considered secure by design and exemplify a distributed computing system with high Byzantine fault tolerance. Decentralized consensus has therefore been claimed with a blockchain.
Blockchain was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 to serve as the public transaction ledger of the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The invention of the blockchain for bitcoin made it the first digital currency to solve the double-spending problem without the need of a trusted authority or central server. The bitcoin design has inspired other applications.
An autonomous vehicle is one that can drive itself from a starting point to a predetermined destination in “autopilot” mode using various in-vehicle technologies and sensors, including adaptive cruise control, active steering (steer by wire), anti-lock braking systems (brake by wire), GPS navigation technology, lasers and radar.
The potential benefits of autonomous cars include reduced mobility and infrastructure costs, increased safety, increased mobility, increased customer satisfaction, and reduced crime. These benefits also include a potentially significant reduction in traffic collisions; resulting injuries; and related costs, including less need for insurance. Autonomous cars are predicted to increase traffic flow provide enhanced mobility for children, the elderly, disabled, and the poor; relieve travelers from driving and navigation chores; lower fuel consumption; significantly reduce needs for parking space reduce crime and facilitate business models for transportation as a service, especially via the sharing economy. This shows the vast disruptive potential of the emerging technology.
The internet of things (IoT) is a computing concept that describes the idea of everyday physical objects being connected to the internet and being able to identify themselves to other devices. The term is closely identified with RFID as the method of communication, although it also may include other sensor technologies, wireless technologies or QR codes.
The IoT is significant because an object that can represent itself digitally becomes something greater than the object by itself. No longer does the object relate just to its user, but it is now connected to surrounding objects and database data. When many objects act in unison, they are known as having “ambient intelligence.”