Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the first guest author to compile the MIT list of groundbreaking innovations for 2019. So they could change our lives
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Every March, the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of the top technology Trends and Innovations. The "MIT Breakthrough Technologies for 2019" are intended to shape people's lives this year. A paradigm shift takes place with the election of guest author Bill Gates. Gates, who predicted the dominance of the PC and the Internet back then, puts a new focus on life and in his listing Environment.
Technology trends for a longer and better life
The groundbreaking innovations this year cover two main areas, health and the environment. Inventions like a personalized anti-cancer vaccine, an ECG bracelet, a blood test to prevent premature birth or a minimalist gastric tube in the form of a capsule to save lives and extend. Other inventions should in turn secure the existence of humanity. Such as a CO2 catcher, novel nuclear reactors or meat-free burgers.
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Advances in artificial intelligence
This is how robots are getting better and better at dealing flexibly with objects and human language. So if machines not only reserve a table in the restaurant, but in the near future help people in need of care, they could actually make life easier. The focus of science is increasingly on the well-being of people in everyday life, but also in old age. Many of the innovations presented are milestones, but still raise many new questions.
Bill Gates Pioneering Technologies for 2019
- New robot dexterity - Robots learn independently to handle new types of objects.
- Nuclear power plants of the future - New designs of fission and fusion reactors should lead atomic energy into the future in a safer and cheaper way.
- Predictions of premature babies - Blood tests in pregnant women calculate the probability of a premature birth.
- Colon tube in a pill - Swallowing this small device makes anesthesia superfluous, also applicable to small children and infants.
- Personalized cancer vaccination - The vaccine causes the body's immune system to recognize cancer cells and only fight them.
- The cow-free burger - Vegetable and laboratory-developed meat alternatives come very close to the taste of the original and are environmentally friendly.
- Carbon dioxide scavenger - Inexpensive and practical developments suck CO2 out of the air and support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- An EKG on the wrist - Officially approved devices enable constant monitoring of heart activity on the wrist.
- Toilets without sewerage - These energy-efficient toilets process the waste directly on site without a sewer system, which is particularly useful in emerging countries.
- Better language understanding with AI assistants - New technologies enable better detection of semantic relationships between words and facilitate language understanding in AI devices.
Click here for the interview MIT Review with Bill Gates.
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