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Technology: On the Edge of Breakthrough in 2019

By Dick Weisinger

Bill Gates recently presented the top 10 technologies for MIT Technology Review that have been simmering for some time and are edging toward major breakthroughs in the very near term.

  • Robot Dexterity – Industrial robots are getting better at picking up, grasping and manipulating arbitrary objects.
  • New-Generation Nuclear – Advances in fusion and fission reactors are leading to realizing safer and cheaper nuclear energy
  • Predicting Premature Babies – Tests of genetic material from blood samples will help predict women at risk to giving premature birth.
  • Swallowable Body Probes – Noninvasive probes to detect diseases, like EED, in the digestion system.
  • Custom Cancer Vaccines – Personalized vaccines that can trigger the immune system to prevent and destroy cancer tumors.
  • Lab-grown Meat at Scale – Meat raised in the lab in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Carbon Dioxide Vacuum – Techniques to suck and clean carbon-dioxide greenhouse emissions from the air.
  • ECG Monitoriing Wristwatches – More advanced fitness trackers will be able to better monitor vital signs
  • Sewerless Toilets – Toilets that dispose of and treat waste without dumping wastes into sewers.
  • More Conversant AI Assistants – Natural Language Processing Advances will make digital assistants smarter and easier to communicate with.
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