Bill Gates, the co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft has named ten “breakthrough technologies” that will help to reinvent the future, and listed them in the MIT Technology Review article. So what are Gates’ picks?
One of them is Sanitation without sewers. “About 2.3 billion people don’t have good sanitation,” Gates said. “Diarrhea causes one in nine child deaths worldwide.“ Carbon dioxide catcher is also high on the list.
Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2019:
- Robot dexterity: robot hands that can learn to manipulate unfamiliar objects on their own
- New-wave nuclear power: both fission and fusion reactor designs that could help bring down carbon emissions
- Predicting preemies: a simple blood test to warn of a preterm birth, potentially saving many children’s lives
- Gut probe in a pill: a swallowable device that can image the digestive tract and even perform biopsies
- Custom cancer vaccines: a treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to target only tumor cells
- The cow-free burger: both plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives that could drastically cut emissions from the food industry
- Carbon dioxide catcher: techniques for absorbing CO2 from the air and locking it away that may finally become economic
- An ECG on your wrist: the ability for people with heart conditions to continuously monitor their health and get early warnings of problems
- Sanitation without sewers: a self-contained toilet that could tackle disease and unpleasant living conditions in much of the developing world
- Smooth-talking AI assistants: new advances in natural language processing that make digital assistants capable of greater autonomy.
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