In a rapidly evolving world, some of the biggest innovations will come not from individual geniuses but from teams working together. Initiatives like the Google Innovation Hub are the future of new technologies evolving through collaborative efforts.
In this article, we’ll go over what we believe to be the biggest innovations in technology by 2023.
So if you’re headed over to the Google Innovation Hub, these predictions might inspire you to help build the future technologies coming our way soon.
What is Google Innovation Hub?
Google Innovation Hub is a collaborative community center that is a joint initiative of Google and the Al Bayt Mitwahid organization in the UAE.
This initiative aims to bring together children, university students, teachers, and community leaders to empower them with the skills needed for technological innovation. These include computer programming, hardware and software skills, and product design, to name a few.
Biggest Tech Innovations in 2023
With the emergence of 5G technologies and the Internet Of Things (IoT), technologies that we could previously only dream about are on their way to become a reality.
Here are our predictions for four major tech innovations in the next two years:
1. Drone Delivery
Domino’s Pizza Inc experimented with a pizza delivery drone in 2016 with limited success. Since then, drone technologies have only become faster, more efficient, and less costly.
While we may not see a fully automated drone pizza delivery service any time soon, the potential of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for delivering essential goods is yet to be fully realized.
A 2019 study evaluated the feasibility of using drone technology to deliver essential medical supplies.
The study found drones effective for providing life-saving medical supplies much faster than other methods. This, too, without risking civilians or military personnel.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for reliable unmanned delivery systems, given a shortage of essential workers and the need to minimize human contact. As such, companies such as Zipline are already using drone technology to deliver medical supplies and PPE.
It’s not just medical supplies. Drone technology can also potentially deliver groceries, eliminating the need to head over to supermarkets during lockdowns.
Although drones have existed for a long time, their recent use for delivering goods has only just begun with recent innovations. So expect to see more drone delivery systems in the next two years.
2. Self-Driving Cars
Here’s the big one we’ve all probably heard of by now but have yet to see in action fully.
Self-driving cars are one of the most significant achievements of artificial intelligence technologies, showing what an intelligent computer program can truly do.
At the heart of self-driving cars are machine learning algorithms, which have gained hype in recent years. Hundreds of machine learning courses exist online, a testament to the untapped potential of self-driving cars.
These vehicles are still in their testing phase. It may be a while before seeing one pop up on the road for consumers.
Additionally, the ethics of self-driving cars are not entirely clear yet, which itself is a challenge that needs to be worked on.
That being said, we might see self-driving cars sooner than we think. Cruise has already announced bringing autonomous taxis in Dubai by 2023, and General Motors expects to begin producing driverless vehicles in early 2023.
If you’re interested in learning more about the algorithms that power self-driving cars, we recommend the official machine learning course by Google Innovation Hub.
3. Smart Urban Agriculture Systems
If you’re like most of us, you get the food you eat from supermarkets or small grocery stores. You may already have thought of growing your own food but found it to not be feasible without owning a farm, or at least a house with a garden.
Two of the biggest challenges in growing your food are a lack of space and time. If you’re living in a small apartment and working a 9 to 5 job, it may seem impossible to grow your produce.
The future, however, is green – in more ways than one. IoT-enabled devices are expected to reach 19.8 billion by 2023. They have also found their way into urban agriculture smart systems.
Smart agriculture systems are designed to be self-contained and automated. They can be set up in small rooms and do not require constant watering, feeding, and checking up on the plants, unlike traditional methods.
Farmshelf has already announced the launch of its own automated urban farming system, with others soon to follow. These technologies will transform the way we produce and consume our food in the next few decades.
If you’re looking to grow your healthy dinner, this is an up-and-coming technology to look out for.
4. Augmented Reality
Virtual reality has been a part of science fiction for as long as we can remember and has slowly started becoming mainstream in recent years. However, we’re still a long way before seeing realistic VR the way science fiction depicts it.
Closer still is VR’s lesser-known twin, AR (Augmented Reality). Instead of simulating a completely virtual universe, AR brings elements of the virtual into the real world.
AR gaming has already taken the world by storm; the release of Pokemon Go in 2016 brought with it one of the most popular mobile games of all time. Others were soon to follow, with Minecraft jumping on the AR bandwagon by releasing Minecraft Earth.
AR isn’t just good for gaming, however. With possible applications in visual art, architecture, STEM education, and even archaeology, the potential for AR is nearly endless.
The next few years will be crucial for the development of AR, with some of the biggest innovations still on their way. By 2023, AR will most likely go mainstream, with an estimated 1.4 billion users worldwide.
Predicting the future is no easy task. What may seem like a promising new technology may not work at all, but an otherwise obscure and unheard-of invention may take the world by storm.
While flying cars and hoverboards in 2015 seem like a pipe dream, there is no shortage of tech innovations coming our way.
If you’re looking to help solve new challenges, consider researching and helping build some of these technologies. With a team of collaborators on your side, such as at the Google Innovation Hub, you might just help create the next big thing!