Every year, tech specialists, engineers and scientists continuously delve into breaking new barriers in innovation and technology. It’s like unsatiated need of humen to surmise the ultimate answer to life and everything. And unlike Doughlas Adam’s conclusion of 42, the grand scheme of understanding the unknown continues. Let’s take a look at the 10 most popular technological innovations of 2022.
10 Biggest Innovations of 2022 in Technology
The list doesn’t limit itself to any specific stream or industry. Rather we look at innovations that brought a collective impact on humankind and made a long stride in shaping the future.
The James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope has been a revolutionary invention in the field of astronomy and space exploration. The telescope formally replaced the Hubble telescope, which has been mankind’s primary eye into distant galaxies.
The JWST has a sensor three times larger than the departing Hubble telescope. With a two-decade development and 9.7 billion dollars of investment, we are now seeing the star systems and galaxies as far as 13 billion light-years away in stellar resolution. From Alpha Centauri to the Pillar of Creation, JWST is indeed mankind’s next big leap after Armstrong’s famous footstep on the lunar surface.
Parallel Reality by Delta
Parallel Reality by Delta aims to bring a personalized experience to every public interaction. Consider going to an airport and squinting at the large panel trying to figure out your flight details. What if we told you that now the large panel will use the entire panel to display your flight information as soon as you scan your ticket? Sounds like a dream, right? Especially with thousands of others wanting the same?
Parallel reality uses a specialized augmented reality that can revert light in 18,000 different directions. Meaning at least 18,000 people can access the panel at the same time and get customized outputs based on their needs. This truly is the future of public tech interaction.
Color Changing Cars
Another fun innovation of 2022 has to be the BMW IX Flow. The car is still in its development phase, but BMW has recently shown off its patented technology of a car that can change colors based on your preference.
The inner ambient lighting has been the main innovation focus for all these years. For the exterior, the shade that you get would typically be the final choice. But with this revolutionary new technology, you can take your car exterior from pitch black to snow white. There really is no limit to the possibilities.
BMW has come up with a hybrid e-ink technology that can mimic colors. This has been done without compromising the outer rigidity of the car shell.
The Luxury Electric Car
Tesla is the pioneer of the electric car revolution that started several decades ago. Back in the day, electric cars weren’t practical even let alone be a comfortable daily driver. With the innovation and logistical support of Tesla, electric cars aren’t just a daily driver anymore, and it has seen some of the highest adoption rates in recent years.
But there is no limit to innovation. Lucid, a company based in the USA, has decided to take things even further. Enter Lucid Air EV, the world’s first proper luxury Sedan powered by a completely electric powertrain. Besides the luxury aspect, the car has a better range, better-charging speed, and better performance compared to a standard Tesla Model S. The reality of an electric future isn’t really a dream anymore.
The term deepfake has become ever-popular thanks to the revolutionary stride in AI in recent years. Deepfakes or modified visual content are now truer than ever and that poses benefits as well as risks. While it’s great for AR and VR, it is also paving the way for personal harassment and insurance fraud.
Truepic Lens aims to combat the growing nuisance created by deepfake by analyzing the content. The company calls it “glass to glass” analysis, where they check that the lens glass captures are accurate to the ones you are seeing in your display. They use different AI, layering, and metadata analyses to conclude whether any digital media has been manipulated using deepfake or not.
Robots are More Life-like than Ever
The concept of robots has long evolved from mechanical to actual functional units and more recently, to a humanoid concept. The idea is to replicate robots as close to humans as possible.
The scientists at Engineered Arts have created Ameca, a fusion of AI and human-like motion. The humanoid AI platform Ameca has been created to replicate humans as naturally and fluidly as possible. The robot can express emotions, and facial responses and even move around in the most realistic way to date.
Diverting an Asteroid
Do you remember that Bruce Willis film called Armageddon? The plot revolves around a team of astronauts who successfully diverts an asteroid to save humanity. Over two decades on from the fictional world of the movies, NASA has been successful in diverting the course of Dimorphos asteroid with their DART mission.
And you guessed it, NASA force crashed a 1,100-pound spacecraft into the surface of Dimorphos to effectively alter its course. This gave NASA important data to analyze diversions should there be an asteroid crisis in the future.
DALL E 2: The Revolutionary Text to Imaging AI
With the hot debate of whether AI art is art or not aside, there has been a considerable stride in using AI to morph images. While previously it required a subject or a reference for the work, the revolutionary breakthrough by Open AI has paved the way for text to the imaging process.
It essentially means that you can feed a prompt to the AI, and based on your details, DALL E 2 will come up with a photorealistic result. The results are almost eerily accurate to what you might be visualizing in your head, and Open AI thinks this could be a breakthrough point in how we interact with AI or use AI per se.
If DALL E 2 fascinated you, wait till you hear what else Open AI has developed in 2022. One of their latest beta creations is the Chat GPT. This is essentially like your personalized AI assistant. It can answer any query you throw at it. It can plan a schedule, a marketing timeline, write professional emails, and whatnot. It can even write poems. Sounds unreal? Well, here is the result when I asked Chat GPT to write me a poem on a gloomy day. Have a look.
It’s crazy and borderline spooky how good, and accurate Chat GPT gets things done, all the while being in beta testing mode. If the event was a giant leap towards advancement, then AI assistants will certainly give it a full shape.
3D Printed Coral Reefs
We saved the best for the last. With almost 25% of all the aquatic life finding their habitat in coral reefs, they must be preserved. But with global warming and rising sea levels, the growth of new coral reefs is being hindered.
The Scientist at Technion Institute of Technology has come up with a solution to 3D print coral reefs using terracotta clay. The modular structure would be made to replicate the natural habitat of the localized aquatic life. The scientists associated with the project hope that this will help to create a more robust aquatic ecosystem and potentially restore endangered species.
So far, we have discussed 10 most exciting technological innovations of 2022. Not to mention, 2022 has been an amazing year of inventions and innovations. There have been considerable strides in AI, and renewable energy as well as in combating the problems created by global warming. As we move towards 2023, the expectations are very high with what the new year will bring for all of us.
Source: United News of Bangladesh