Imagine that in the future people will be able to prevent and detect potential diseases by scanning their DNA for anomalies and mutations. The best technologies are yet to come, but many smartphone users can already disclose skin cancer by taking photos and checking it through the application. This is an example of how artificial intelligence is slowly but surely entering the healthcare industry. What other miracles will arrive in the next ten or twenty years?
The recent trend toward cloud services has allowed small and medium sized businesses to take advantage of everything that big data processing has to offer. Now these entry level clients can simply rent seconds, minutes or hours in cloud computing centers like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. One downside noted by some of these businesses, especially the ones where milliseconds count, is the increased latency required to upload the data and retrieve the results. Fog computing has rolled in to fill this gap and attempt to provide the best of both worlds.
2016 was filled with technological breakthroughs. Many of them have reshaped their industries and set new trends for future developments. Here is Noosphere’s pick for the best technology and science achievements of the past year.