We’re living in the age of fast technological advancements and incredible gadgets being created every day. In fact, there are so many discoveries in all spheres of life that it’s almost impossible to follow everything. Have you heard about an artificial womb? Not many people have, nevertheless, it’s one of the most exciting inventions of the year! There’s also gene-editing, new particles, and of course Elon Musk’s SpaceX company with its incredible reusable rockets. This is only the tip of the iceberg! Here we’ve gathered 10 geek news that prove we are currently living in the future.
We are not alone (probably)
Finding Earth 2.0 has been a dream of thousands of people for quite some time now. Everyone is worried about our planet meeting an unpleasant end, that’s why it’s important to find a planet similar to Earth just in case humanity needs a new place to stay. Thanks to NASA and the European Southern Observatory, scientists were able to find a whole system packed with exoplanets that are supposedly habitable (and maybe even hosting some life forms of their own!). Located 39.5 light-years from us, there’s a star system named TRAPPIST-1, which has not one, not two, but seven Earth-like planets in its so-called ‘goldilocks zone’. This discovery will definitely become a huge game-changer!
Most people still haven’t heard about this new technology, although it could easily change the future of humanity. Think developing an embryo outside a natural womb is impossible? Well, not anymore! Scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have come up with a synthetic womb that imitates that of an actual woman, and put it to test! They managed to grow a 23-week-old lamb and it turned out absolutely okay. This means that thousands of premature babies will be saved in the nearest future!
AI helps detect earthquakes
Not many people realize just how many earthquakes are happening everyday – some of them you can hardly register, but others can destroy whole cities. California alone experiences more than 10,000 earthquakes of different magnitude each year. CovNetQuake artificial intelligence system analyses seismograms and ground motion information to locate earthquakes and soon enough it’ll be able create forecasts for future ones! Right now the system is going through ‘training’ in Oklahoma and can already detect 17 times more earthquakes than has ever been possible with all other technologies.
Translating language in real time
There isn’t a sci-fi TV show that doesn’t have a gadget that can instantly translate any foreign (or otherworldly) language in the one you can understand. Remember Doctor Who’s Tardis doing this trick all the time? Star Trek also had a gadget that functioned like this. Well, now this device is a reality! Similar to the Babel Fish described in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Pilot earphones use two earpieces to make the conversation possible for two people. Each person just has to wear one and the device will do the rest. It currently costs $249, looks like an awesome sci-fi gadget, and can translate between five languages. You can also use the app for translation if the other person doesn’t have an earpiece.