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Advancements The Technology Experts Expect to See in 2016

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Technology seems to be moving at an extremely rapid pace over the past few years, with no sign of things slowing down. Virtual reality, 3D printers, space exploration, robots; it’s all reminiscent of a sci-fi film, and things are only going to get better. So, what do the experts expect to see more of this year? Let’s take a look.

Virtual Reality

It’s all over the news as we speak – the Oculus Rift is finally here. Virtual reality always seemed like something you’d see in the movies, not something you could soon be purchasing to use for yourself. The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset started its life as a crowdfunding campaign which quickly become one of the most backed of all time. After a couple of years of development and refinement, the headset is finally here. Experts are expecting to see a surge in virtual reality advancements this year, which could see us using these kind of headsets for more than just gaming.

Self-Driving Vehicles

Anyone who attended CES 2016 will have noticed rather a lot of one thing in particular this year; self-driving cars. While the technology isn’t quite advanced enough yet for us to all own one of these, there’s no denying that it is getting there. Autonomous vehicles aren’t a new thing, with driverless cars being tested on roads over the last 12-18 months. However, experts believe that we could see some serious advancements in this technology over the coming year. Manufacturers are all trying to outdo each other in creating the safest, most economical, and most intelligent self-driving vehicle on the market. And when there’s competition, technology like this tends to move very quickly indeed. It won’t be long before driving licences are a thing of the past.

Artificial Intelligence

If you’ve ever seen horror movies about AI then this is one advancement you’re probably hoping doesn’t happen too quickly. However, it’s another area in which experts are expecting to see huge surges in this year. Things have been quite quiet in the Artificial Intelligence world recently, as focuses were put areas such as robotics instead. Now, however, it seems as though the scientists have woken up and really put their nose to the grindstone. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has predicted that AI robots could take over in excess of 5 million jobs by 2020. Office and admin are expected to be around two-thirds of these jobs, with health care also seeing some of the biggest losses. A daunting prospect indeed.

Pretty Much Everything Else

As we mentioned, it seems as though technology is moving at an extremely rapid pace right now, which means that the above aren’t the only things experts expect to see advancing this year. From the way we order our food shopping (check out the Samsung grocery shopping fridge) right through to the way we travel the world (see our post on NASA’s new airline technology). 2016 is going to be the year where sci-fi films seem less of a distant dream and much more of a reality – whether you like it or not!

 

 

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Rebecca Walton

Rebecca has always been fascinated with the business and tech world, having grown up with parents in the industry. She has a real passion for science - particularly space and the unknown realms that surround the planet! Rebecca has been writing for different publications for nearly 6 years and is now an editor at Pangaea Express.