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Peter Diamandis, co-founder of Singularity University, shares his top tech picks for 2015

Peter Diamandis speakerPeter Diamandis, the co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University and the X PRIZE Foundation, has singled out 11 of the most exciting new technologies moving from deceptive to disruptive this year. Here are his top tech picks for 2015:

  1. Virtual Reality: Expect a lot more action on the virtual and augmented reality front. Watch out for game changers like Magic Leap (in which Google just invested over $500 million.
  2. Mass-market robots: 2015 is going to see the introduction of consumer-friendly robots in a store near you.
  3. Autonomous vehicles: Beyond Google, many major car brands are working on autonomous solutions.
  4. Drones everywhere: They’re getting cheaper, easier to use, more automated, and are now finding more useful and lucrative applications.
  5. Wireless power: Companies like uBeam, Ossia and others are developing solutions to charge your phones, laptops, wearables, etc. wirelessly as you go about your business.
  6. Data & machine learning: There is gold in your data. This year will see data collection and mining that data becoming more turn-key.
  7. Large-scale genome sequencing and data mining: In 2015, we will see explosive, exponential growth in genomics and longevity research.
  8. Sensor explosion: The combination of sensors and wearables, increased connectivity, new manufacturing methods (like 3D printing), and improved data mining capabilities will create a smart, connected world.
  9. Voice-control and “language-independent” interaction: The Star Trek universal translator is just around the corner!
  10. 3D Printing: The number of applications is increasing, and printers, scanners, and CAD modelling software will become more accessible, cheaper, and easier to use.
  11. Bitcoin: Emerging smartphone markets in developing countries, better “interfaces”, and more commercial adopters who accept bitcoin as a form of payment will all play a role in a brighter bitcoin future.

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Matt Ridley, the “rational optimist”, forecasts the inevitability of pilotless transport

Matt Ridley speakerWriting for The Times, Matt Ridley, best-selling author of “The Rational Optimist” (2010), argues that “irrational fears” about pilotless transport must eventually give way to the evidence that they are better and safer. Consequently, he predicts that “we will embrace the inevitability of pilotless aeroplanes at some point in the not so distant future.”

This forecast rests on the fact that “human error is the largest cause of crashes in the sky, as it is on the ground.” Matt contends that driverless ground transport, such as Google’s prototype driverless car and the continued development of driverless trains, are proving better and safer than anybody expected, and will help to assuage our fears.

In the air, Matt demonstrates that small drones are now commonplace and not just in the military. He believes that the next step would be that cargo planes would fly without human beings aboard.  This is because if pilotless planes can fly safely for years without passengers, objections to them carrying passengers will gradually fade.

So, are we approaching the era when it will be more reassuring to know that there is not a human being in the cockpit than to know that there is? Click here to read the full story (paywall).

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