2014's Biggest Tech Advances

Most Incredible Tech Advances of 2014

2014 brought a slew of truly life-changing technology in the form of cool gadgets, smart robots, genetic engineering and more. The tech world is full of incremental development, but 2014 brought forth a few technologies that can truly be classified as milestones. From problem solvers to cool toys, I'm going to walk you through some of the major high-tech advances science had to offer us in 2014.

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  • Brain Mapping: Advances in brain mapping now allow scientists to gain a greater understanding of the processes that go on inside our head on a highly connected, cellular level. Having a detailed map of the brain may allow us to run complex simulations and better understand and treat major neurological ailments.
  • Genome Editing: Still on the subject of studying and better understanding major brain disorders, advancements in genetic manipulation may allow us to create primates with intentional mutations, potentially allowing us to study diseases in greater detail.
  • Microscale 3D Printing: Major developments in 3D printing tech have gotten us to the point where we can print complex objects from a number of materials. It's also no longer out of the realm of possibility that we may one day be able to print out entire customized organs for hopeful transplants patients, or even print skin directly onto burn victims.
  • Virtual-Reality Goggles: Technology like the Oculus Rift is finally opening the door to commercially available virtual-reality tech. With VR finally within the grasp of the general public, the effects it could have on entertainment, medicine, space travel, military training and combat, etc. are staggering.
  • Neuromorphic Chips: Blurring the line between silicone and biological systems are the new neromorphic chips designed to allow computers to process information much more like the human brain and react to sensory inputs in ways not explicitly programmed. Further advances in this tech field could one day result in real Artificial Intelligence that could interact with humanity in thoughtful and beneficial ways.
  • Renewable Energy: We're finally using artificial intelligence to combine data gathered by wind turbines with data from weather satellites and ground stations to generate weather forecasts with unprecedented accuracy. This makes it possible to use far more renewable energy as far lower cost than ever predicted. Advances in similar forecasting systems involving solar panels are being made and may soon see the returns we've been experiencing with this wind power technology.

So, as is evident by the major advances listed above, 2014 was a big year for the high-tech world, and I'm sure we'll continue to see the sort of progress we saw at ever growing rates. It's definitely time to get excited about what the future may bring.