Scientific research has fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. It’s challenging to keep pace with the rapid strides Science and technology are making. Yes, we believe. UpToDateFi mobile app.
Scientific research has fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. The considerable impact has lead to permanently altering the way we look at medicine, communication technology, and our environment. It’s challenging to keep pace with the rapid strides Science and technology are making. Is there a better way to stay abreast of the most impactful discoveries?
Somewhere between 965 and 1039 AD, in the arid lands of modern-day Iraq. Ibn al-Haytham pursued tirelessly and invented the pinhole camera, laws of refraction, and studied phenomena like eclipses. He is known to be the first scientist. Later Galileo, in the 16th-century renaissance era, was considered as the first modern scientist. Since man has known time, the pursuit of Science to effect a better way of life has been a constant endeavor. The inquisitive human mind has always been exploring the fringes of reason, pushing the envelope, and documenting the observations of its meticulously constructed experiments.
Speed of Innovation
To understand the pace of change, we need to listen to Ray Kurzweil, back in 2001, Ray wrote about the “Law of Accelerating Returns.” As per Ray, every decade in the 21st century, our progress will double. “We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century—it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate).” ” If the progress made in the first 20 years is any indication, Ray has been proved right on many accounts.
There are several areas where discoveries have made an impact. Whether its increased adoption of robotic surgery through Da Vinci’s surgical systems, 3 D Printing of live tissues in Healthcare, or the all-pervasive internet and adoption of smart devices, which increased digitalization. These advancements in connectivity have made e-health a reality. As the world becomes more connected, blockchain is now finding voices of support in Mediledger in the US, which has the support of pharma giants like Gilead and Pfizer and MedicalChain in the UK.
As per Gartner, among the top 10 disruptive trends for 2020 includes Human Augmentation. Human Augmentation can happen across the sensory and biological function. It has the potential to improve vision, perception, and hearing. In contrast, the biological augmentation will lead to possibilities of exoskeleton where appendages to the human body can give the necessary structural strength to carry out tasks that humanly are not possible. Edge Computing has been considered as another significant trend. With the advent of IoT and other smart devices, the burden of processing has now shifted towards the device. It is known that by 2023 there will be 20 times as many smart devices at the edge of the network as compared to conventional IT.
Drones are helping advance scientific studies in ways that were not possible before. They help in cutting down the total time taken and increase the throughput and quality of work. In some cases, Drones are doing what was just not possible earlier. For example, custom made drones are being used by marine research to fly low above a surfacing whale and capture the content from the blowing sprout and analyze it for microbiome and stress hormones. Drones are used from predicting river flooding to tracking sea mammals from applications in the energy sector to detect methane leaks to monitor solar installations. Drones are being used to monitor volcanoes, and such drones are padded with LiDar systems and thermal cameras to aid research. Drones have found application in agriculture with the ability to measure crop lengths to measuring water quality and looking for toxic algae.
At a broad level there are three distinct areas where developments in science and technology have the most impact. They are Health, Technology & Environment.
If there has been an area where Science has impacted most profoundly, it has to be Health and Medicine. Pioneers like Edward Jenner proved the case for vaccines. In early 1980 with the help of the World Health Organization, smallpox was eradicated from the entire world. Smallpox had a fatality rate of over 30%. Without such vaccines, people would still die of these infectious diseases. Overall, Life expectancy has increased, and doctors can detect diseases early.
Technology and communication
Robotics and AI dominate this space in terms of growth and potential application. Robots have been found in the manufacturing industry for many years. They now are increasingly being part of our lives. Whether its simple tasks like cleaning your home to complex helper systems used in restaurants and retail industries. Artificial intelligence use cases are not just found in the personal AI bots which people are increasingly using, but gene-editing companies like CRISPR are changing how diseases are understood and treated.
Environment and environmental awareness
Advances in Science have helped us from understanding the weather pattern to predicting storms. It has aided in understanding global warming and its impact on the earth and eventually on humans. Developments have made it possible to predict crop health at the same time, discover techniques and treatment methods to have better crop yields. We now have better visibility of climate and energy needs; we can now manage the sustainable use of natural resources. Science has given us the ability to understand Nutrition and how it impacts human growth.
As per the Pew research, most people believe that Science had a positive impact on the society and when asked to elaborate on how Science has benefited community, 56% mentioned advancements in medical science – such as “disease eradication,” medical devices and new medications” and “cancer research.” To better make sense of which discoveries are impacting what aspects of society, we have developed an UpToDateFi innovative mobile app to serve the exact purpose. UpToDateFi brings scientific articles in a condensed and easy to read or listen form. Along with an intuitive interface, the app also provides options to read or listen in on the chosen subject. The philosophy behind the app is to share breakthrough in technologies but do so in an abridged fashion. Therefore, the total read time is not more than 15 minutes for each topic. The chosen topics vary across the length and breadth of science and technology developments. Get this app to stay informed and be part of the exciting future !