Happy New Year, science fans! Now that we are a solid few days into 2017, it’s time to stop thinking about last year’s on-goings and put our focus on all the cool things that are on the horizon in 2017! Experts in various industries have made their prediction for what the year is looking like. So, let’s get right to the heart of the matter by asking WHAT will make science headlines in 2017? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
A lot of the existing industries will continue to work towards their goals as they have been for some time now. Various projects ranging from health to technology to space exploration have some big plans in store for 2017. Keep in mind the process of science is ever changing and builds upon centuries of work. The science community is excited to get to work on some of the awesome ideas and keep the story of science moving forward.
Technologists will continue to work more and more on cyber security. In 2016 there was a lot of talk about hackers gaining access to many networks around the nation. Credit cards, retail stores, and even the election were all associated with cyber security related stories. In 2017, technologists plan on continuing to make the web safer for all of its users. This will include some bold new ideas like replacing some standard password applications with biometric options like fingerprints, retinal scans, and even using skull cavities!
In related news, artificial intelligence will continue to be worked on. As larger companies require more detailed analytical insights and more frequent data access, more funding and development will be needed. The current projection is that these companies are planning on investing over 300% of last year’s budget into enhancing AI research and development.
Artificial intelligence is one of the components needed for another major 2017 science prediction, self driving cars. As more safety milestones, computing abilities, and marketplace affordability align with consumer needs, self driving cars will continue to hit the roads all over Earth. Did you see the awesome Tesla dashboard camera footage of the car predicting a human caused accident? The idea is that those predictive abilities will continue to grow to enhance commuter safety and well being.
Speaking of well being, let’s not forget food. Meat alternatives like chickpeas, fungi, and jackfruit will continue to grow in popularity as more and more people enact a “flexitarian” diet for environmental, health, and local economic reasons.
All in all scientists will continue to work towards the research, innovations, and breakthroughs that have led us to where we are now. As mentioned earlier this is a world in which we build upon the knowledge that we have been given. Stay tuned as we spend the entire year continuing to explore the uncharted territories of science with you. All things considered, 2017 is looking like it’ll be a great year for science!