Are People Still Innovating ?
Here’s just a sample of what innovations we’ve seen in just the last few years:
We are successfully teaching cars and trucks how to drive themselves.
This is from step function inventions from machine learning and sensors
to help machines perceive the world around them through vision, sound and even touch.
This class of technology stands to revolutionize how we travel,
make and distribute goods, and analyze things faster and more accurately around us.
Solar and wind energy innovation is paying off, and recently helped power prices in Germany to go negative
This is only the beginning, as new ways of harnessing this energy are
becoming more efficient and cheaper, leading to a world where energy
production could be plentiful and decentralized.
Did you know we’re starting to completely cure cancer?
Bio-technology innovation in immunology in the last few years has yielded
several early treatments that have achieved complete remission after
reprogramming someone’s T-cells to attack their specific form of cancer.
This points to a future where, at diagnosis, a customized cancer treatment
could be designed for anyone with a high degree of success. This approach
could apply to all sorts of human diseases that have long evaded a cure.
Civilian use of drones has produced technology that could revolutionize every industry they touch.
Sure, it could start with same day delivery of packages to your house.
But applications in medicine (ambulance drones delivering a defibrillator
to a reported heart attack), disaster response, industrial safety and
diagnostics all aim at improving quality of service and our livelihoods.
We can now 3D print items from metal, glass and even create human-transplantable organs or tissue.
In time, this will lead to on-demand good manufacturing: household items, medicine, clothing and even food.
The future might look like a Star Trek episode with replicators making the
things we consume on demand with less waste and energy.
And if the above isn’t impressive enough, here’s one that will change everything. innovations
Quantum computers, capable of being 100 million times faster than today’s computers, are proven in a lab and trending towards commercialization in several years.
All of the innovations above could be dramatically enhanced or wildly more efficient from faster computing.
But even more, a lot of science is based on sample-driven simulations that
take a long time to model on today’s computers: climate predictions,
materials science for new batteries or superconductors, compound
discovery for medicines, etc.
Quantum computing could allow for full simulations of all of these things,
and unlock discoveries in days and years that would have otherwise taken
What’s even more interesting is the means to learn much of this and
practice it is proliferating around the world.
So however fast we’re innovations all these things, there’s a generation of
humans that will learn about them, invent more and build new economies
and systems from them at a rate we’ve not seen before.