Tech Thursday: The world in 2018 part 2

In 2018, we will see developments in technology, space, medicine and science amongst other innovations. Here is part two of the developments we can look forward to in 2018:


1. Scientists to drill into the earth’s mantle

Japan is planning on leading an expedition no one has ever attempted. Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) plans to drill through 6 kilometers of oceanic crust to reach the earth’s mantle for the first time. Researchers from JAMSTEC conducted a preliminary study in the waters of Hawaii in September 2017 and in 2018 they will be continuing with the expedition in order to find out how the earth was formed and more about its chemical composition.


2. World sales of electric cars will reach 2 million

Electronic cars reached global sales of 141 000 in November 2017 increasing the percentage growth to 75% from the previous year. Total sales for 2017 were around 1.2 million. Nextbigfuture says China’s electric car sales were 84,000 in November 2017, almost double the figure in 2016. Their recorded market share in November was 3%. With the average of global electric car sales at 166,667, Nextbigfigure predicts that this would be enough to reach 2 million electric cars in 2018.


3. Robots will assist in complex surgeries


Last year, surgeons from the Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands completed the first robot-assisted supermicrosurgery. The robot was used to stitch vessels measuring as small as 0.3 millimeters in order to treat lymphedema in a patient. Many surgeons would not even attempt this delicate surgery and this was the first time a robot was used to assist. 2018 will see a lot more robot assisted surgeries.


4. Japan will land an unmanned probe on the moon

Not to be left behind in space exploration, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plan to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon this year. They will be the fourth country to do so after former Soviet Union, the United States, and China. India also plans to the do the same. Currently only the USA has managed to land a human being on the moon.


5. WiFi will be readily available to many more individuals and households

There are already a lot more WiFi spots around the country and the world. This year will see a big move away from service providers focusing on big business and companies to providing WiFi to individuals and households. Research commissioned by AirTies found that most people in US and the UK would consider upgrading or paying extra for premium WiFi that improves performance throughout the entire home. There are already many SA government initiatives designed to bring WiFi to many areas around South Africa.


6. Male birth control pills will become commercially available

Men will now be active participants in family planning in 2018, which is long overdue. Male contraceptive pills and gels are expected to be commercially available this year. The gel works by being injected into the sperm duct to form a filter barrier to prevent flow of sperms while the pill neutralises chemical functions in the head of the sperm to prevent it from penetrating an egg.



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