2017's Top Technologies At The Halfway Point

We’ve just past the halfway point of 2017, and so far it’s been another year of rapid developments, taking technology to a whole new level yet again.

Here are five of the most remarkable technologies chosen by the MIT in 2017:

Reversing Paralysis

Scientists are making remarkable progress at using brain implants to restore the freedom of movement that spinal cord injuries take away. This technology is based on a wireless connection of brain to spine and although still in the lab, could reverse paralysis.

Self-driving Trucks

MIT predicts self-driving lorries may hit motorways in the next 5-10 years. The rationale behind long-haul independent trucks is mostly related to their economics, especially if they would be able to drive in close proximity to the lorry in front which, over long stretches of highway, would reduce wind drag and save fuel.

Paying With Your Face

Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. MIT claims the technology is now accurate enough for use in financial transactions, since this time round it is based on deep learning so it’s expected that these type of systems will be introduced in other countries in the near future.

Practical Quantum Computers

Advances at Google, Intel, and several research groups indicate that computers with previously unimaginable power are finally within reach. The target of 50 qubits is known as ‘quantum supremacy’ – a point where quantum computing overtakes the physical computing possibilities of current supercomputers.

The 360-degree Selfie

The MIT predicts that the standards for news coverage and holiday snaps will soon change. Inexpensive and widely available cameras taking 360° photos and videos will make this the it-format for relaying visual information.

The technologies presented to you come from different realms, but they undeniably have the potential to make a lasting impact on our world in the very near future.


Take a look at our 2017 Tech Predictions from the end of last year.

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