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"Internet is actually an export product. Even in India, if we talk about YouTube, a video created by an Indian gets audience from across the world. That's the beauty of digital economy" he said. Pichai, also CEO of Alphabet, said he has always been a technology optimist, having experienced firsthand the benefits new technology brought to his own life.

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  • The other big task is finding sustainable alternatives to singleuse, multi-layer packaging used for chips, biscuits, etc, which is among the hardest to recycle. Tipa, headquartered in Hod Hasharon, Israel, has developed fully compostable flexible packaging for food and fashion.

    Harmony by RealDoll is among the most evolved sexbot today. It can blink, move its head, have conversations and comes with self-learning software that remembers earlier encounters and conversations to offer better companionships. AI-powered sexbots are customisable and offer a choice of personality types. In future, expect them to become more evolved and human-like.

    By 2030, 700 million people could be displaced because of intense water shortage, according to the UN.

    UAVs are being increasingly used by businesses but in the wrong hands, drones can crash and burn.

    It’s not enough for countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change. They have to pursue ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company founded in 2009, is building a machine in the US that can capture 1 million tonnes of carbon every year, which can then be stored underground or used in oil recovery.

    As the internet has helped create virtual worlds and made the life easier, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is ruling in the higher income households with self-driven cars, toys, translators among others. 2020 is likely to be a time when science fiction manifests itself in our homes and roads and skies as viable, everyday technologies.

    Hypersonics are as much about advancements in technology as about the military might of nations.

    Technology is beneficial in all sorts of ways but it’s also tearing us apart in ways we are only gradually comprehending. Generationally, we have had the luxury of learning by mistake and course-correcting. However, when mistakes happen at a huge scale, the cost of learning by mistake is enormous on everyone— also futile because the pace of change is so rapid.

    Integral to this future are batteries that cost a lot less than today and can last longer. This is because unlike conventional energy, which can be generated through the day, solar and wind power are intermittent and the latter cannot meet peak energy demand in the evening without storage.

    AI-enabled technologies are changing the one-size-fits-all model of classrooms. The world’s top technology billionaires are betting their philanthropic dollars on personalised learning. Smart education and learning market is in high demand globally and is forecasted to reach $423 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research.

    The specialised areas of work for these laboratories are artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, cognitive technologies, asymmetric technologies and smart materials.

    Today’s robots are largely remote-controlled with little onboard intelligence. But the inflection point is near where artificial intelligence and deep learning will help future robots assess situations and make on-the-spot decisions to respond without any human intervention.

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