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Your imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.Albert Einstein
Numerous inventions are born out of the wide canvas of man’s imagination. With each passing day, we come across different technologies. If you know how to leverage these technologies, you are surely broadening the scope of enhancing your skills and learnings. Surely, technology will play a key role in keeping up the pace with the technical world. Young minds should focus on the leading trends so that they can become professionally ready.
Here is a list of some current technologies which will be playing a more prominent role in the near future:
1. 3D Printing
Bored of printing a document? Let’s progress to print a whole brand new solid object. 3-D printing is a term for additive manufacturing. The process involves creating a design (Computer Aided Design or by a 3D scanner), slicing (to make object layer-by-layer) and make a compatible file for printer to print. 3D printing has advanced its way in the field of automobile, architecture, medical world, food, space, defense and fashion industry. A great way to create an engineering model and a replica of a historical monument. The best part of this technology is even children can learn it. Children can use Tinkercad and get a hold of making objects by using 3D pens to get started with.
2. Digital Twin
Digital Twin (DT) is classified as the worlds fourth most important piece of technology stemming from the industrial revolution. As stated by Dassault Systems, Digital Twin makes it possible to create a virtual representation of what has already been created. It takes real-world data, conditional scenarios as inputs and gives predictions about how it will perform in the physical world. DT is used to create a prototype and help to simulate the object before it is built in a real world.
Mevea is one of the leading simulation technology providers for digital twin. It is actively making pace in the areas of manufacturing (test and validate the performance), utilities (to monitor energy generation and utilization), architecture, healthcare and space science (NASA being one of the first to use). See some use case examples where DT was used to better understand the Digital Twin.
3. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Coined by John McCarthy, Artificial Intelligence is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines. It is a device or a robot that impersonates human behaviors such as object detection, image recognition, language processing and other attributes of human intelligence. Alexa, Siri, Google Maps, Google Assistant, face unlock feature, health monitoring sensors in cellphones and Chatbot are some known instances of AI. Sophia is the first AI humanoid robot that depicts human expressions and emotions just like us.
Netflix, Facebook, Google Search Engine, Amazon Prime are the leading platforms which uses AI alongwith machine learning to elevate user experience.
The Netherlands ranked first in the autonomous vehicle industry paving its way to use self-driving cars. Dutch restaurant Dadawan hired robots for customer facing tasks such as checking body temperature, serving drinks and collecting cutlery after meals.
4. Internet of Things
IoT (Internet of Things) is the giant network of interrelated devices connected to internet for transmitting and receiving data from one gadget to another. Think of a fitness tracker that monitors your health, automated home cooling and heating, biometric cybersecurity scanners, smart sprinkler for farming, smart energy grid; IoT is at your foot step.
For effective communication between the appliances and accurate processing of data, lots of components are involved. Sensors transfer the data to the cloud through gateways. The cloud acts both as the storage and processing units. Procured data is then analyzed and a report can be sent to you on your smartphone. Integration of IoT with AI, Cloud Computing and machine learning is bearing innovations.
IoT has opened the prospects of learning Cloud Computing and Data Analytics (Microsoft Azure, Big Data, Hadoop, AWS). Again, it creates a wide aspect of job opportunities such as Cloud Architect, Cloud Engineer, Data Analyst and many more.
Netherlands became the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa (Long Range) network for IoT.
5. Virtual Reality
VR is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Virtual Reality’s most immediately-recognizable component is the head-mounted display (HMD). It is already intensifying the gaming affair. Amusement parks and museums are already using this technology. We can tour around places while staying at home. People can try clothes on through virtual closet and a hologram can even be used to enhance face time experience.
This is Holland offers ultimate virtual reality experience.
5G or fifth generation is the next step in mobile internet technology. With a speed rate up to 10 Gbps, it is 10 times faster than most home WiFi connections. 5G offers a low latency rate (the delay between the sending and receiving information) which will serve to benefit real time communication, VR gaming experiences, tele-surgery, fast translations, navigation for driverless cars and a massive IoT.
Vodafone is the first to launch 5G in Netherlands.
The future is not far when quantum computing, vertical farming, space colonies, supersonic vehicles, hyperloop and CRISPR technologies will revolutionize our lives.