These 6 technologies will define 2016

From Shadowhawk, the taser-armed police drone that can fly itself, to Honda Asimo, the multi-purpose robot that can identify humans based on their facial structure, take a look at eight prototypes and first models of modern-day tech. (Jonathan Elker/The Washington Post) For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve.  And as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same curve, so we are seeing exponential advances in technologies such as sensors, networks, artificial intelligence, and robotics.  The convergence of these technologies is making amazing things possible. Last year was the tipping point in the global adoption of the Internet, digital medical devices, blockchain, gene editing, drones, and solar energy. This year will be the…


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