What is Technology?
Technology is the ‘brain,’ operating the digital world with its inventions and innovations. Ever since the blooming of civilization, the ‘thirst for knowledge’ and the necessities of humankind are exponentially increasing. With the better understanding of science, researchers are focusing on the efficient utilization of technology to help the world and its population. So, what is Technology? Technology can be viewed as the practical application of scientific knowledge, to design tools, solve problems and optimize processes that will be of significant help to humankind. Technology is the effect of a combination of science and engineering, which in itself as surpassed the expectations of both the fields. Technology is the reason some brilliant inventions like, computers, rockets, vehicles, the internet, robots, medical equipment, etc. are existing.
Why is Technology needed?
As mentioned above, Technology is the mother of several important inventions which had led to the development of the world. Imagine the world without technology, How would we communicate with each other, travel to different locations, especially when separated by miles? The result is, the world would have stagnated and shrunk confining people in a particular geography within itself. Also, only with the technology, a greater number of medical innovations has happened, paving the way for the increase in, the average human life expectancy. Many endemic diseases are now perceived as the existence of the past. Day-by-day innovations are pouring out, challenging the earlier discoveries, and quenching the current needs of the society.
2016’s top 5 innovations of the technology
There are lots of mind-blowing innovations happened in the year 2016. Of those, we are now concentrating on the significant, top 5 innovations.
Vertical landing of Rockets
Not until the end of 2015, rockets that made their voyage to space had made a vertical, upright landing. They were either destroyed or made to fall back into the ocean. This was made possible by Jeff Bezos of the ‘Blue Origin’ company and Elon Musk from the SpaceX company, whom respectively pulled off rocket landings in November 2015 and December 2015. On April 2016, the Falcon 9 flight 23’ of ‘Space X’ made a successful landing on an autonomous drone ship near Florida coastline. As per Elon Musk’s estimation, almost 70% of the attempts in rocket landing were successful in 2016. This vertical landing has created a buzz and hope for a commercial launch of space vehicles in future.
High-efficiency Solar Panels of SolarCity
SolarCity’s Buffalo solar factory in New York will be soon introducing commercially available, efficient solar panels. They are aiming to produce one gigawatt of solar capacity in a year. This solar factory is the largest in North America. This facility will pave the way for cheaper residential solar power cost. With the backing of federal solar subsidiaries and reduced installation costs, this would be favored among residential communities in future.
Source-less power supply
Researchers from the University of Washington have discovered that the devices can also be powered by using the energy from nearby gadgets like Wi-Fi, TV, radio, etc. This eliminates the use of sources of energy such as battery or power cord. Shyamanth Gollakota and his associate Joshua Smith have developed the technique of reflecting selective radio waves to produce a new signal on the principal of backscattering. The device that uses this technology absorbs energy from the signals nearby and converts it to charge itself.
Autonomous vehicle driving feature
With the increase in vehicle collisions, due to the driver’s carelessness, there is a lot of focus on autonomous driving. Already few companies like Mercedes -Benz offers automatic lane keeping, automatic parallel parking features in their cars. Also, companies like Google are concentrating on experiments focusing on self-driving cars. In late 2015, Tesla Motors with their new developed software, popularly addressed as ‘Autopilot,’ made semi-autonomous car driving option, a plausible one. In 2016, continued test driving using this Tesla’s Autopilot were carried out with great success. While, we are aware of the challenge of legal implications on autonomous driving, with continuing experiments, a semi-autonomous vehicle with limited driver’s in-charge focusing on preventing accidents will be of greater benefit to the society.
Drone powered package delivery
Amazon has successfully tested its drone delivery through its Prime Air Service. It totally took 13 minutes from, placing an option to deliver. Amazon had talked about its autonomous drone delivery facility in 2013 and has made it successful in 2016. This drone delivery option is likely to make faster deliveries and replace larger delivery vehicles spanning the busier roads.