Breakthrough Technologies in 2016
May 4th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard
MIT Technology Review has picked the following innovations as breakthrough technologies of 2016. These technologies have the potential to make a large impact in the near future or have recently been put into use.
- Immune Engineering has resulted in genetically engineered immune cells that have already made a difference in cancer treatment.
- Precise Gene Editing in Plants is a way to modify crops to make them more drought and disease resistent.
- Conversational Interfaces make communicating with machines easier and more efficient.
- Reusable Rockets are already in use through Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
- Robots That Teach Each Other will allow faster growth in robotic technology.
- DNA App Store will allow customers to store their DNA samples in different types of apps.
- SolarCity’s Gigafactory in Buffalo hopes to produce more efficient solar panels at a lower price to make solar energy more accessible for residents.
- Slack is an intra-office messaging system that centralizes communication through instant messaging and chat rooms.
- Tesla Autopilot sent its cars a software update that enabled existing sensors to control brakes and help prevent collisions.
- Power from the Air will allow Internet devices and other wireless gadgets to repurpose nearby Wi-Fi, reducing the need for batteries and power cords.
Anyone with an interest in developing a new technology should explore potential Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities through the SBIR.gov website.
Instructions for searching closed SBIR/STTR topics and prior awards (recommended before searching open topics) can be found here.