The following list includes the technological trends I believe will be significant next year:
Personal DNA Sequencing
Each DNA molecule has a specific order of nucleotides. Cutting-edge tools are used to determine the specific order during DNA sequencing. As you can imagine, research in this area will lead to significant medical breakthroughs.
The ability to personalize DNA sequencing could take the field of genetics to every doorstep. Although it may not sound believable, many people have already benefited from this. For example, Angelina Jolie used DNA testing to find out she had an 87% likelihood of developing breast cancer.
In the future, the public will be able to have their DNA tested and know their chances of acquiring severe or terminal diseases. In 2016, this dream could become a reality for the public.
In 2013, Intel displayed a snippet of this technology by showing us a transfer rate of 1TB per second was possible. Light Peak is the name of the optical interconnect product. It was endorsed by experts as a way to kill USB 3.0.
For the public, they do not care whether the technology is Light Peak or something different; they just want a lightning fast connection. From the business perspective, there is a meaningful difference. Ultra-fast connections mean high-speed data transfer, improving the delivery of work and possibly no downtime.
Businesses can benefit from this technology by improving their growth and will keep their hopes alive for Optical Internet.
Interactive Holographic Displays
Although holograms are not a new technology, 3D hologram displays are completely new. The technology will revolutionize the technology industry and is state of the art.
The second generation of this technology is an interactive hologram display. Although the technology is complex, it includes these features:
- Hologram optical lenses
- Digital controller
- Laser projector
- Motion sensor
With the interactive display, users can touch icons in midair and perform different activities. The ability to interact is caused by the kinetic motion sensor. This is a cutting-edge feature found in many wearable devices.
3D City Maps
Although this technology is already in use, the field of architecture is investing in the technology because it has important future benefits for them. Here is a video showing a 3D map of London. So far, it is not interactive, which will happen in the future.
Since it is not interactive, developers use programming software and a computer screen to show clients proposed development areas and the manner in which construction will occur. If it were interactive, the clients could make modifications directly on the 3D projects and in real time.
I believe the merger of 3D holographic displays and architectural rendering could turn this idea into reality. 2016 might be the year when it happens.
During 2016 we might see the first crash-proof cars on the market. Other technologies would need to be in place for this to happen, such as driver alert systems, sonar, and custom radars for automobiles. Traffic accidents and fatalities are an ongoing concern in the US and in several other countries. Crash-proof cars could possibly lower the rate of serious injuries and deaths from automobile accidents.
Even during the beginning of the year, I was not very hopeful about this happening. NASA’s announcement regarding the colonization of Mars by 2030 has renewed my hopes. I am sure we will see major improvements in the space tourism and adventure market during 2016. According to an article published by the Observer, 2016 is destined to be the year when space tourism becomes a reality.