Top 5 Best Technology Advances of this Century

Technology is always moving and it touches every part of our lives. Each year, we see more and more of the reality that only existed in science fiction come to life. We are able to see our fair share of consumer, mass market mobile technological advancement, most notably in the launching of the new smartwatch platform and the continued saturation of the smartphone market.
However, we also see a big move in technology in other sectors such as transportation, healthcare, and space exploration. So below are the top 5 best technology advances of this Century so far:
  • Self-Driving Cars

When we talk about self-driving cars these days, we’re not just talking about the one made by Google without a steering wheel. Everyone from Tesla to Audi are testing and implementing self-driving technologies to put in their high-end vehicles. While none of them are doing anything as extreme as Google, clearly the influence is being seen across the industry as the desire for self-driving features grows.

  • Google’s Cancer-Detecting Pill

Google pushed strongly in the world of healthcare this year with its glucose-detecting contact lenses, the Google Genomics cloud storage project, and most notably, its new cancer-detecting pill. The pill contains magnetic nanoparticles that attach themselves to cancerous molecules that may or may not be flowing through your bloodstream. The pill would then actually be able to notify you on your wearable device whenever it has accomplished its cancer purging. Even though it’s still years from hitting the market, it’s one of those game-changing technologies that only Google has the money, intuition, and ambition to create.

  • Orion Test Flight Leads the Way for Human Mars Landing

The recent NASA Orion test flight has finally gotten Americans excited about the future of space travel. The test has set the groundwork for future Orion launches, which includes planned manned deep-space trips to an asteroid and Mars. Those might not happen right away, but now that the first test flight has happened we couldn’t be more excited about what it could mean for the future.
  • Google’s Contact Lenses Monitors Blood Sugar Levels

Google are taking their wearable technology ambitions even further with a smart contact lens—but it might not be quite what you think. It’s not Google Glass plastered onto your eye. Instead of sending you Google+ notifications, its transmitters are used for an entirely different end goal: monitoring diabetics’ tears for glucose. Google lens are being developed by Google X, the offshoot of the tech giant that handles their most ambitious and risky projects such as Glass and self-driving cars. These lenses see Google moving further into wearable technologies and crossing over into healthcare tech.—Jonathan Keane

  • HP Sprout Touch Mat Reinvents the Workstation

The real technological wonder of HP’s Spout Touch Mat isn’t in the development of brand new technologies, but instead in how the device uses pre-existing technologies together to do something entirely new. The idea behind Sprout is to reinvent the digital workspace, using a an overhead projection camera that can detect finger/hand gestures, track objects, and even interact with them in unique augmented reality use cases. Most importantly, it has an interesting take on how the world of touch screens and traditional desktop computers might interact and function in a universal, digital workstation.
SOURCE: Paste Mag