“It’s not that we use technology, we live technology.” - Anonymous.
The year 2021 has been a tough ride for the world. It has taught us to accept and evolve. We are evolving, and with us, technology is also evolving. Due to SARS, Covid-19 pandemic, the world went into a long lockdown which changed the working and learning scenario. From businesses to education, everything went online. Now, online communication is the key to running a business or learning a skill. The year has seen a tremendous technological breakthrough.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has explored the ten breakthrough technologies of 2021. Let’s together explore the top technological breakthrough from the list.
Two of the most effective coronavirus vaccines are based on messenger RNA. Technology has been around for 20 years. When the Covid-19 pandemic began last January, scientists from several biotech companies quickly turned to mRNA to develop a potential vaccine.
In late December 2020, at a time when more than 1.5 million people had died from Covid-19 worldwide, a vaccine was approved in the United States, marking the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
The computer models that can understand, write and learn are a big step towards Artificial Intelligence and better interaction. Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) is the largest and most educated to date.
GPT -3 trained on the text of thousands of books and much of the internet. It can emulate human-written text with incredible realism. It makes it the most impressive machine learning language model ever created.
But GPT-3, don’t understand what’s written. Therefore, sometimes the results are wrong and do not make sense. Since it is trained on the text from the web, it is filled with a lot of misinformation. So often produces similarly biased passages.
Tik Tok is one of the applications that became the world’s fastest-growing social network. It was launched in 2016 in China. Since then, it has been downloaded billions of times and attracted millions of users.
But don’t you wonder, why? Because the algorithms that power tik-tok have changed the way people online become famous by making the videos go viral. Particularly, Tik Tok’s algorithm picks a new creator out of oblivion and makes them a known star.
The ease of accessing content and the ability to discover different kinds of content have contributed to the growth of this video app.
The pandemic has left us with no option but to go remote. Getting things done has been determining for the health care and education sectors. Some of the places around the world have done a wonderful job for these sectors of work. These two sectors have seen a drastic change.
Snapask and Byju’s are some of the companies that helped cope with the problem. They are online learning platforms with millions of active users around the world.
Moreover, telehealth has seen a tremendous increase in several countries and has extended health care during the pandemic. Remote health care has been seen as a lifesaver during these tough times.
Green hydrogen is the hydrogen that is generated from renewable energy and has low carbon emissions. It has always been considered a replacement for fossil fuels. Whenever it burns, it emits no carbon dioxide. It is an excellent way to store power from on-and-off renewable sources.
The dropping cost of solar and wind power is cheap enough to be practical. As we are fighting towards the clean and green climate goals, green hydrogen appears to be essential.
We all use the Global Positioning System (GPS) in our day-to-day life. Usually, the GPS is accurate between 5-10 meters of range. With the increase in technology, we have got the updated version of the GPS which has the power of navigation.
The new version of GPS, hyper-accurate positioning technologies have accuracies within a few centimeters or millimeters. It offers a new opportunity to get warned before landslides and safely navigate self-driven cars.
China's BeiDou (Big Bear) global navigation system was completed in June 2020. It has made anything possible. It offers positioning accuracy of 1.5 to two meters worldwide. This can be reduced to the next millimeter by enlarging the floor. GPS, which has been around since the early 1990s, is being upgraded: Four new GPS III satellites, launched in November, are expected to enter orbit in 2023.
The pandemic has changed the way of living, learning, and working. The internet and modern technologies make outsourcing easier. From verifying the disease to learning, things are becoming easy with the evolution in technology. The technologies in the above list will be in regular life in the coming year.
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