Technology continues to impact our lives in new and surprising ways. What will 2019 bring in the form of emerging technologies to change life in the near future? Scientific American brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2018.”

Artificial intelligence (AI) will certainly be a key player. Its impact in healthcare has continued to grow with speed and range, hastening the design of innovative drugs and materials. Advanced diagnostic tools are increasingly personalizing medicine.

Augmented reality will combine information and animation on real-world images to help with everyday tasks at home and in the industry, to operate more efficiently.

Near-future technologies will change what we do, how we do it, and maybe even what we are. Genome editing already grows bigger corn and longer-lasting tomatoes. What is the potential impact on creating a better human?

However, as American futurist Alex Steffen said. “We already have many of the technologies and tools that we need to build a sustainable future,” he said. “What we don’t have is a new way of thinking, and that’s really the hardest part.”

Melody K. Smith

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