Ever wondered what the future holds? Well, the wait won't be long, as 2024 promises to be a year filled with astonishing innovations that will truly open your eyes. Here are seven emerging trends in technology that are poised to revolutionize our lives in 2024.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology
From everyday electronic products like smartphones and smart speakers to smart homes that adjust temperature, lighting, and security functions based on our preferences, artificial intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous. However, AI not only makes our lives more convenient and comfortable but is poised to bring revolutionary changes to healthcare and other industries through groundbreaking innovations.
One of the most anticipated and ambitious projects in the field of AI is the “Neuralink” project. Founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, Neuralink is a brain-machine interface company aiming to create a wireless device implantable in the brain. This device would connect the brain to computers or smartphones, allowing users to control devices, obtain information, and communicate with others simply by thinking. Imagine controlling prosthetics or enhancing cognitive abilities through mere thoughts.
Neuralink is not the only company exploring brain-machine interfaces. Another noteworthy company is Kernel, a neurotechnology company developing a “mind-reading” helmet. This helmet uses sensors and lasers to gather information about brain activity and oxygen levels. By collecting detailed data on brain function and behavior, it holds the potential to offer new insights and breakthroughs in mental health, aging, cognition, and overall brain health.
Meta, formerly Facebook, is at the forefront of the technology landscape, placing long-term bets on artificial intelligence and the “Metaverse.” These technologies, rapidly evolving and merging, bring new possibilities for human interaction and creativity.
AI is becoming more accessible and powerful than ever, thanks to Meta’s open-source models like Llama and Llama 2. Adopted and improved by millions of developers globally, AI is increasingly integrated into everyday products such as Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Through these products, users can generate images, chat with virtual assistants, improve writing, and effortlessly edit photos.
The “Metaverse” is gradually taking shape, with Meta’s Reality Labs developing new devices and platforms for immersive social experiences in virtual and augmented reality. In the future, AI can observe the world from our perspective and help us navigate it, with Ray-Ban Meta Glasses representing the first step towards this future.
The Meta AI Assistant, a new companion, is set to launch in 2024. Capable of understanding voice, vision, and gestures, it responds to user interactions. To compete with ChatGPT, Meta has enlisted dozens of celebrities to voice the new AI assistant, with these personalities embodying artificial intelligence while being portrayed by the latter.
Augmented Reality (AR) Technology
Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that overlays digital information and images onto the real world, creating a mixed-reality experience. As companies like Apple, Meta, Snapchat, and Niantic continue to create immersive experiences, AR is not only enhancing our perception of the world but also reshaping our interaction with it. Contrary to the perception of AR being limited to gaming and entertainment, it is applicable to education and learning, making subjects and concepts come alive with increased interactivity.
AR has made a significant impact in another domain – shopping. By allowing users to virtually try on products and compare different options, AR aids in making better and more informed decisions.
Companies like Amazon and Walmart are utilizing AR for virtual try-on features, offering immersive shopping experiences. AR is reshaping our world, and we can expect to see more innovations and applications in 2024 and beyond.
Another exciting innovation in the healthcare sector is bioprinting, which involves using 3D printing technology to manufacture artificial tissues and organs. Bioprinting holds the potential to address organ shortages, transplant rejection issues, and facilitate personalized healthcare and drug testing.
Although bioprinting is still in its early stages, some companies and researchers have made noteworthy progress. As AI continues to reshape medicine, more breakthroughs and applications are expected in bioprinting in 2024 and beyond.
Autonomous Driving Technology
One of the most anticipated technologies in 2024 is the launch of autonomous electric taxi services by Zoox, an Amazon subsidiary. Their motto is, “Built for passengers, not drivers.” Since 2020, Zoox has been developing and testing autonomous vehicles in multiple cities, with plans to launch related services in 2024.
Zoox-designed vehicles are intended for navigating complex urban environments, featuring four-wheel steering, bidirectional driving capabilities, and spacious cabins accommodating up to four passengers. Zoox’s taxis can be booked through applications or self-service terminals, with standardized mileage-based charges. The goal is to provide a safer, more efficient, and more comfortable alternative to traditional taxis, reducing traffic and pollution.
Drone Delivery Services
The use of drone delivery services is expected to see significant growth in 2024, especially in urban areas facing challenges of traffic congestion and pollution. Drone delivery services offer customers a fast, convenient, and eco-friendly way to transport goods and services, reducing the demand for road vehicles and human labor.
Amazon is one of the leading companies in this field, expanding drone delivery to its third U.S. city. Starting from the end of 2024, this city will have the option of having packages delivered by drones. Amazon’s “Prime Air” drone delivery service uses drones to safely deliver packages weighing up to 5 pounds in an hour or less, a service that has been operational for nearly a year. Recently, Prime Air introduced the new MK30 drone prototype, which Amazon claims is quieter, smaller, and lighter than previous models.
3D Printed Construction
Forget hiring traditional contractors to build your next home. Imagine homes being constructed by 3D printers. In 2024, an increasing number of 3D-printed homes will emerge, offering an economical and environmentally friendly way of building.
ICON, a company leading in 3D printing construction technology, is on a mission to revolutionize our approach to building and living. The company has developed a robotic system capable of layer-by-layer printing entire houses using a durable material called “Lavacrete.” This material, a type of concrete, can withstand extreme weather conditions and natural disasters while reducing waste and emissions. ICON has already printed multiple houses globally, including the first 3D-printed community in Austin, Texas. The vision is to make 3D printing technology accessible to everyone, creating aesthetically pleasing, practical, and robust homes.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Technology
For electric vehicles (EVs), 2024 is expected to be an exciting year. Some experts predict that by 2024, EVs will comprise over 40% of new car sales in the United States, owing to the improving affordability, performance, and environmental benefits of electric cars. Whether you are looking for an economical option like the Kia Niro, an American-style Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup, a futuristic Tesla Cybertruck, or a luxurious Rolls-Royce Spectre, there is an electric vehicle for everyone.
As more people opt for convenient and economical transportation solutions, it is expected that car-sharing will also see significant growth in 2024. Leading global car-sharing platforms like Zipcar, Turo, and Getaround will offer more electric vehicle rental options, along with innovations such as point-to-point sharing, autonomous driving, and smart charging. With the development of electric vehicles and car-sharing, the transportation outlook in 2024 looks bright and environmentally friendly.
Looking ahead to 2024 and beyond, it is clear that the world of technology is on the brink of thrilling transformation. Artificial intelligence, AR technology, bioprinting, autonomous electric taxis, drone delivery services, 3D-printed constructions, and electric vehicles are collectively shaping a future that is more convenient, sustainable, and innovative. These advancements will not only change industries but also profoundly impact the way we live, work, and interact with the world.