Technology is changing fast. It’s constantly shifting and evolving. Tech is making our lives easier but it’s also creating new problems. It is changing the way humans behave and interact with one another. Technology is providing answers to things we never knew and solutions to problems we can’t solve on our own. There is a lot of innovation happening right now, especially in the field of engineering. Below are five technologies that are being innovated by engineers.
You’ve probably seen a video of a 3D printer or have heard about what they can do. 3D printing is changing fast and enabling us to do a lot with it. 3D printing software provides more tools and resources to print useful things for us. The medical industry has begun using 3D printed organs and other significant tools for the field of medicine. Engineers have taken 3D printing to a whole new level. It is getting to the point where we can 3D print anything we need. Think about it. Soon we will imagine things we want and simply print them.
Engineers are also helping innovate artificial intelligence (AI). With AI, there is no shortage of ways that our lives will change. We’re already experiencing it. Engineers were instrumental in creating AI chatbots that improve customer service and user experience . AI can analyze large sets of data. It can synthesize media using all the intelligence it has from the internet. AI is already solving problems that we used to deal with quickly. It is changing the way we live and think about the future. AI will continue to augment our lives in several ways, and engineers will facilitate this growth and, hopefully, steer it in the right direction.
Living Buildings & Downtown Farms
One area of technology that will impact the way we live is our ability to urban farm and create more ways to capture carbon in the atmosphere. There are now examples of engineers creating living buildings, buildings that incorporate trees and other foliage into the design. There are also downtown farms. For example, there are now buildings that can be used for farming shellfish . These vertical buildings host aquariums of fish that are used for food. Engineers can work with environmentalists to create truly incredible infrastructure that could change the world. This is one area of innovation that shows promise for the future.
Optical & Lenses
Optical engineering might seem like a consistent lane to be in, but this isn’t the case. Optical engineers have already innovated contacts, eyeglasses, telescopes, and more. This will only increase in the future. There are already plans for contact lenses that connect to the internet. Soon you will be able to see avatars, applications, and other online images simply with your contacts. You will be engaging with the internet on a whole new level. The optics are changing . Optical engineers will facilitate the shift from using phones to participating with the internet through virtual reality (VR).
There has been a lot of talk recently about the metaverse. This is what we are calling the world within technology we can engage with through goggles and headsets. Have you tried VR before? It used to be flawed but it’s getting better all the time. Engineers are making VR better and better all the time. It is getting more realistic and functional. There is also augmented reality, or AR. This is the technology that utilizes VR components with the tangible world. For example, remote medical surgeries are now a reality. With 5G internet, better AR, and engineering innovations, we can improve our way of life in many ways.
Engineering is also facilitating data , storage, and analysis. Engineers have created Cloud storage abilities and the capability to analyze large sets of data. Of course, AI will be able to analyze data a lot better than we will but storing data in the Cloud is how the AI will have it so organized. Data is easier to analyze when it is organized. Data has become one of the most valuable assets in modern business. When you have thoroughly analyzed data, you will have the ability to market to new customers, find new target demographics, and create both new products and services.
There is no shortage of ways that engineering is changing our world. Its relationship with technology continues to change. The way that we live is being augmented all the time. How will we think about these technologies in the future? With more and more innovation, the world will change around us. It’s an exciting perspective to look at the world through the engineer’s eyes.