Have you ever tried imagining what our future would look like after about 10 years? With the ever-changing technology that gets even more sophisticated in a very short time, you must have realised it’s complicated to do so. The very moment you are imagining about flying cars, some company is already working on it. After the revolution of technology in the first decade of the 21st century, the next level of futuristic technology has commenced. The Consumer Electronic Show 2018 took place in Las Vegas on the 9th of January to show us exactly how our future would look like. Nearly 4000 thousand companies visited to showcase their exhibits, prototypes and products to the world. The microprocessor supplying giant, Intel is back in the marathon of development of quantum computing by revealing the new 49- qubit superconducting quantum chip which was successfully designed and fabricated. It aims to enable ‘quantum supremacy’ i.
e. being more powerful than the classical computers by many folds. This is yet another milestone in the research of quantum computing. Robots are now coming closer to being in our homes and lives instead of just industries.One particular fascinating innovation that was shown in the field of robotics is a toy duck robot named ‘My special Aflac duck’ by the companies Aflac and Sproutel whose purpose is to be an emotional companion to the kids going through cancer treatment. Kids can literally play with it, pat it, cuddle with it and the robot toy snuggles back or gives a merry quack by sensing touches at the various parts of its body. It also has a feature packed accessory bag among which the most notable feature is that of an IV set for kids that simulates the administrating of medication to the Duck so that the kids will experience less fear from chemotherapy.
The cherry on the top is that kids can even bathe it by removing their fur shell! Artificial intelligence certainly was the big talk of the event this year with it’s diversifying functionality. Amazon has stepped up its game with its personal assistant cum artificial intelligence ‘Alexa’ giving Google’s ‘Google assistant’ a cut-throat competition. It’s functionality now ranges from smart bathrooms, cars, speakers etc.