Emerging Technologies

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Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

David Luo

3D Printing

AI

Oculus Rift

3D printers are a revolution in manufacturing. By using a heated nozzel, it melts plastic to be printed, one layer at a time. Its ability to print any shape you can design makes it a revolution in prototyping and design. These machines were developed in the 1980s and only recently have become cheap enough for widespread use. They range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand for professional or larger ones and can print anything from a spare part to entire buildings.

AI stands for Artificial Intelligence - the development of software that can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. This is more of an entire category of bleeding edge technology rather than a specific product, although there are estimates that computers will be able to simulate human intelligence seemlessly by 2050. Pictured left is Watson, an IBM supercomputer that recently competed in Jeopardy! and won, with a score greater than the combined score of the two best human players with an offline data bank and over one terabyte of RAM. This area of research will allow the automation of menial tasks that today normally require a human. Some are concerned of the impact of this extent of automation on the job market, but every day, as AI improves, this is becoming more and more of an inevitablility.

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The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that is to be released April 2015 with a projected price tag of $300. It enables the user to step inside the game world, replacing your reality with a virtual one by using a high resolution, low latency display along with a pair of lense to shape the image to your field of view. With a 100 degree field of view, cameras used for motion track, and positional audio, the Oculus Rift is on the bleeding edge of technology.


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