Life in the future: Tech that will change the way we live

There is no doubt: the inventions and innovations developed yesterday have changed the world we live in today. And just like in the past, inventions that are created now are likely to change our lives in the future, even in the not too distant future.

We are privileged to live in a time when science and technology work hand in hand, and they can be of great help to us, making our lives easier and developing innovations that can change the way we live every day.

And it is that, as the experts say, today we are in a new technological boom, thanks to the fact that the technology to which we are already exposed, and accustomed, has helped pave the way to continue innovating. 

Hyperloop: Elon Musk’s Supersonic Train

With the curious name of Hyperloop, we are facing one of the most ambitious transportation projects of Elon Musk, current CEO of Tesla. Although the idea dates back to the beginning of the last century, it was the multimillionaire businessman of African origin who decided to take up the concept in 2013.

Located between a train and an airplane, the one known as Hyperloop would consist of an elevated tube in which different capsules move inside which passengers or goods are transported. These capsules are driven by a magnetic field created by induction motors located inside the tubes.

It would be a technology that would offer the possibility of reaching a phenomenal cruising speed of 1200 km / h. Although it is still in an early stage, we must say that various tests have already been carried out in France. What’s more, did you know that a commercial line is planned for the late 2030s?

Autonomous vehicles

Autonomous cars consist of vehicles that can be used without the help of a conductor. Its development has been increasing in recent years, especially after its use on open roads was authorized, and especially after different automotive groups, such as Tesla or Ford, has begun to develop their models, and Google did the same. Own with your Google Car.

In addition, the safety of these vehicles will possibly be one of the most important sales arguments to consider, since different investigations have already shown that the number of deaths in the United States from traffic accidents, given the increase in the use of autonomous cars, it could be reduced by more than 90 percent by 2050.

Meanwhile, it is estimated that by 2035 the autonomous vehicle market could represent around 515 billion euros, which is why automotive and high-tech companies are entering this new market niche.

Quantum internet

As we have seen over the years, and continue to see today with the ransom ware attacks being suffered by some major hospitals and companies in Europe, the Internet is under threat from large-scale cyber attacks.

According to the MIT Technology Review, “an Internet-based on quantum physics could be very helpful in securing communications.”

With this idea in mind, scientists from the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, are currently working on the development of quantum Internet infrastructure, in which communications are encoded in the form of qubits and entangled into capable photons. to circulate in the optical fibers, which would offer the possibility of making them impossible to decipher without disturbing the network.

According to experts, this technology could only be operational in 5 to 6 years for long distances, and for the development of a global network, we would have to wait until the end of this decade.

Artificial intelligence to find new molecules for the development of more powerful drugs and vaccines

A few days ago we learned that scientists from New Mexico had managed to develop a set of online, open-source computational models, useful to help experts more quickly detect different molecules to develop more powerful drugs to combat, in that case, in particular, COVID-19.

However, it is indeed a very interesting technology, which would offer excellent possibilities. For example, it is estimated that there are around 1,060 molecules that can be used to develop potential drugs

And researchers could use the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI)  to sift through molecules and link them to potential targets, such as a cellular receptor or protein. 

Already in July 2019, a team made up of Australian researchers was able to design a flu vaccine with an adjuvant designed by an algorithm. And in February 2020 the company Insilico Medicine developed a drug against fibrosis in just 46 days thanks to artificial intelligence (the development of this type of classic drug usually takes up to 10 years).

Mega constellations of satellites

After launching 120 satellites in 2019, SpaceX plans to deploy up to 42,000 satellites to create an internet connection across the planet. Thus, by 2022 the OneWeb constellation plans to launch 600 satellites, while we have also learned that Amazon had decided to acquire 3,236 satellites in low orbit to cover what are known as white areas.

All these thanks to the low cost of launching these nanosatellites, which weigh just a few kilos. However, its deployment in space poses problems in terms of interference with other satellite services, such as those used for weather forecasting, increasing the risk of collision.

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