Modern day life is filled with overwhelming devices and innovations that are potent of changing the way we spend our lives. Technology is what has made us globally connected, paved pathways towards continuous evolution and provided solutions for the most intricate problems. The struggle between reveling in luxuries while ensuring that we consume the least of our resources and don’t affect our planet adversely is what makes this struggle continuous. There is always a way to do it faster, cheaper and better. From cars that run on hydrogen with zero emission to artificial intelligence applied to humans, all of these innovations are under constant development and testing so their applications can be found in daily life to improve our lifestyles.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has been around for a long time but it’s still a technology whose full potential is yet to be uncovered. It is the science of utilizing computers for the tasks that human can perform. From voice recognition to robotics, artificial intelligence not only provides security systems but also perform human tasks efficiently and rapidly. Most of us own a smartphone capable of voice recognition or a laptop capable of face detection or finger print scanning. Driverless cars and intelligent automated drones are in testing phase before they are employed into our daily life. Two researcher at the University of Washington have performed, what they state to be the first noninvasive human to human brain interface in which a researcher sent brain signals over the internet to control hand motions of his colleague. This breakthrough can open a gate for direct brain to brain knowledge transfer which can change the way we exchange the way we share information completely.

Dispersed and Cheap Manufacturing

3d printerIndustrialization was the beginning of evolution, integration of products that were manufactured at a concentrated point (i.e., factory) and distributed and sold through market. The cost of storage and shipment contributes a substantial amount to the cost of a product. What if products were manufactured and sold at markets instead? Or better yet, what if you could produce on your own? This would certainly eliminate a lot of costs like buffer inventories, transportation and building cost. Not only this, it would a lot of source of pollution as well. 3d printers are capable of such evolution. Just load the design and the materials and a 3d printer will do it all. The best you can find have applications in different fields, from rapid prototyping to medicine. Recently, a lot of 3d printed prosthetics made their way to the market which only cost a fraction of conventional made prosthetics that cost up to $1000.

Recyclable Plastics

There has always been a need to recycle, our planet offers a limited amount of resources and it is in our best interest to utilize them as efficiently as possible. Plastic are categorized into two types, thermoplastics and thermoset plastics. Thermoplastics have the ability to be recycled and reshaped multiple times while thermoset plastics are not capable of being reheated and reshaped because they sustain their shape even at high temperatures and pressures. That is why thermoset plastics have found their application in defense, electronic and aerospace industry. In 2014, the publication of a paper in journal science which brought the discovery of a revolutionary plastic to spotlight called poly(hexahydrotriazine)s. These plastics can be dissolved but only in strong acids an can be reshaped into new products.

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