Remember enjoying sci-fi movies as a child and thinking we would have jetpacks sooner or later? Or teleporters? We don’t have these technologies yet but we do have lots of remarkable technologies that seem straight out of a science fiction movie. Our cars can direct us around a city, via GPS. We can carry tablet computers around with us that hold all of our data. And we can get in touch with associates around the globe at the push of a button.
So, why don’t we have teleporters and hovercrafts? What exactly is keeping us from taking these leaps in technology?
Building a Better Battery
As we move into a more mobile world, batteries grow in significance. They are a building block of our technological world nowadays. Therefore, if we are restricted by their power, and capability to hold a charge, the technology that utilizes them is also limited. For example, you wouldn’t want your jet pack to loose its charge in flight. Recently, researchers at Chicago’s Northwestern University discovered a way to make a much more powerful lithium-ion battery than the ones we have today. We explained this more thoroughly in a blog post last week. When these batteries eventually hit the market, we will likely see a increase in technological advancements.
Improving Internet Access
It may seem like everybody is linked to the Internet, but this is a misconception. Most of the world doesn’t have access to the Internet. Although this may not seem like it could suppress technological advancements, it does. The reasoning is that by limiting the number of people who can contribute to the interconnectedness the Internet provides, we are restricting the amount of individuals who can collaborate. Until the majority of individuals are connected, technological breakthroughs will not happen as quickly as they could.
The Business of New Tech
This might not come as a shock, but business matters hamper technological advancements as well. For instance, patent laws, and government regulations. If these things are not clear, inventions can sit in red tape limbo for a long time. To prevent this last step bottleneck of the creation process, laws need to be clear and easy to understand.
While these are a few of the issues that hinder technology from advancing, it still is advancing at a rapid pace. So who knows what is in store for us in the next year or two.