It’s an undeniable fact that the newest technologies such as mobile tech, genetic engineering, and the emerging field of nanotech differ from the technologies that preceded them in a fundamental way. Our world is transforming rapidly and violently to the point where many people feel completely unable to comprehend and utilize these advancements. Ironically, we witnessed many of these new “things” and technologies in sci-fi films and graphic comics first, and if someone had told us back then that it would only take a couple of decades for these changes to enter our lives, we would have probably laughed. Think about it: Back in the early ’90s emerging computer technology was used by a limited number of people worldwide, and now, a quarter century later, everyone has a smartphone and a laptop. Can you even imagine what the world will look like in 2030, even 2050? And the scariest part of all (especially if you’re a geek like me) is the fact that science fiction, the literature of the human species encountering vast, mind-altering changes, whether they arrive via scientific discoveries, technological innovations, natural events, aliens, or societal shifts, has recently lost its magic and glimpse to the point we wonder what is real and what is not nowadays. But if you think we’re being over-dramatic, then check out these 25 Modern Science And Technologies You’d Swear Are Science Fiction and you will see we’re not exaggerating at all.
NASA begins using robotic exoskeletons
The X1 Robotic Exoskeleton weighs in at fifty-seven pounds and contains four motorized joints along with six passive ones. With two settings, it can either hinder movement, such as when helping astronauts exercise in space, or aid movement, assisting paraplegics with walking.
Diamond planet discovered
Planet 55 Cancri e is what’s known as a super-Earth because it is likely a rocky world orbiting a sun-like star, but it has a radius twice as large as that of Earth, and a mass eight times greater. The hot planet also races around its star at such a close distance that one year lasts just eighteen hours. The “alien planet,” as it’s also known, is thought to be made largely of diamond but new studies have shown that it might be less than glittering inside.
Artificial leaves generate electricity
Using relatively inexpensive materials, Daniel G. Nocera created the world’s first practical artificial leaf. The self-contained units mimic the process of photosynthesis, but the end result is hydrogen instead of oxygen. The hydrogen can then be captured into fuel cells and used for electricity, even in the most remote locations on Earth.
Voyager I leaves the Solar System
Launched in 1977, Voyager I traveled past Jupiter and Saturn and by 2013 (when NASA confirmed that it left our solar system) traveled more than 11.66 billion miles (18.67 billion kilometers) from the sun, becoming the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space.
Self-Driving bus is legal in Greece
Four tiny, driverless buses are already on trial in the Greek city of Trikala, the first of five European cities to introduce the automated transportation. The vehicles are part of CityMobil2, an EU-funded research project that is staging tests of automated road transport systems with self-driving buses across Europe. Each bus can carry 10 to 12 passengers at speeds of up to twenty kilometers an hour, around the same speed as a milk float, but keep in mind that these buses are electric, silent, and non-polluting.