Emerging technologies and GRIN

By Keith Barrows | An emerging technology (as distinguished from a conventional technology) is a field of technology that broaches new territory in some significant way, with new technological developments. Examples of currently emerging technologies include educational technology, information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, cognitive science, robotics, and artificial intelligence. New technological fields may result from the technological convergence of different systems evolving towards similar goals. Convergence brings previously separate technologies such as voice (and telephony features), data (and productivity applications) and video together so that they share resources and interact with each other, creating new efficiencies. Emerging technologies are those technical innovations which represent progressive developments within a field for competitive advantage; converging technologies represent previously distinct fields which are in some way moving towards stronger inter-connection and similar goals. However, the opinion on the degree of impact, status and economic viability of several emerging and converging technologies vary. "GRIN", for Genetic, Robotic, Information, and Nano processes...

In a Major First, Scientists Edit DNA Within the Human Body

For the first time in history, scientists have edited the DNA inside of a patient’s body, in an attempt to cure a genetic disorder by permanently …

Genetics

Quark fusion makes ten times as much energy as nuclear fusion

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Physics

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

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Physics

This diamond battery is made from nuclear waste

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Energy

Alexa is about to disappear into other devices, thanks to a new technology

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Amazon Alexa

GM Is Going All Electric, Will Ditch Gas- and Diesel-Powered Cars

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Electric Vehicles

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Batteries

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The Brain

The Way We Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

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This $25,000 Life-Extension Test Is Impressing Investors But Not Doctors

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The accelerating power of technology | Ray Kurzweil

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Ray Kurzweil

Nanotechnology May Be Used to Heal Wounds, Repair Organs

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Immortality

A UK Woman Has an Extra Cone Cell in Her Eyes and Can See More Colors

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New DNA sunscreen could spell an end to constant re-application

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Skin Care

In a first, scientists have edited the DNA of human embryos that could turn into people using CRISPR

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Genetics

Mass Unemployment Starting in 2025? Believe It.

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Artificial Intelligence

Researchers discover how CRISPR proteins find their target

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Biology

First gene therapy on cusp of FDA approval

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Cancer

Funding shortage for synthesized human genome plan

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Human Genome Project

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

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Augmented Reality

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Longevity

Kurzweil: By 2030, Nanobots Will Flow Throughout Our Bodies

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Singularity

A New Flavor of CRISPR Could Tackle Some of the Worst Genetic Diseases

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Genetics

National Geographic | Beyond Human: how humans are shaping our own evolution

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Singularity

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Singularity

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

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Ray Kurzweil

Is bioengineering the answer to preventing ageing?

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Bioengineering

The Singularity Could Be Closer Than You Think

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