One of the reasons I am passionate about technology is that it allows us to solve problems in new and better ways. As we move into the fourth industrial revolution, the new capabilities in both the digital and physical space will be a continuous source of entrepreneurial opportunity to those who enjoy seeing it as such. In this post, I want to look at three technologies in the non-digital space and why they are very exciting.
Robotics has been around for a while and has allowed for great gains in production efficiency and safety. However, the cutting edge of robotics is opening the door to the automation of human tasks were previously impossible. We are seeing robots with incredible dexterity and sensitivity. We are seeing robots cable of transversing dangerous environments. There are even robotic systems that assisting human movement. It is quickly getting to the point where imagination and reality are intersecting. Watch these robots in action.
This one will be very interesting to watch. Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D Printing, allows for the assembly of items from various resins. What has always been a roadblock to wide use was the time required. However, innovative methods of faster assembly are happening. This video shows how one 3D Printer can create complete objects in a matter of seconds. This could make 3D Printing much more practical and widespread in daily life. See the video.
Science is discovering and creating new materials that will change the game of manufacturing and construction. Materials that are stronger than reinforced steel, hyper conductive, or suited for biotech integration mean that we will be seeing constructs that were previously unattainable due to structural limitations. For example, look at this new material.
What makes these technologies even more exciting is how they can work together and with other advancing fields of technology. It will be interesting to see how society adapts. Certainly, there is a lot of concern for job displacement and unequal distribution of new technologies. These are valid concerns. Optimists hope that the beneficial nature of many new technologies will offset the turmoil of change. Let’s hope they are right. Either way, there are plenty of opportunities for those who keep their focus on solving problems and are open to using new technology to do so.