In the early 2010s, smartphones were still in their infancy, applications for artificial intelligence were scanty, and driverless cars were just a science fiction story. But after a decade, a lot has changed and here are 5 inventions that mark the most prominent strides.
Google Assistant (Google Assistant)
Compared to previous versions of smart apps that could only recognize faces in photos or beat you in a game of chess, nothing more, nothing less, the Google assistant is probably the closest to the so-called artificial intelligence.
WIth the power of Computer Science, this assistant application is installed on Google Home smart speakers, Google phones (phones) and other devices, mainly communicating with users by voice. Depending on your command, it can also compose messages, create calendars and reminders, or search the internet for answers to your questions – sometimes the interaction even has an element of humor.
Not to mention it can also instantly translate words in a sentence into 27 different languages. Compared to the feature of understanding and accurately responding to user requirements, it must be said that the Google assistant has let previous assistant applications like Siri or Alexa go into the past.
SpaceX’s Reusable Rocket
Billionaire Elon Musk – the founder of the space technology company SpaceX, may be a man of many markets, but his ideas always have a vision and once implemented, his inventions can be. change the world.
SpaceX has spent a decade developing a reusable rocket system to save on construction costs. In December 2015, when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was launched into space, successfully putting the satellite into Earth orbit and then safely returning to Earth at Cape Canaveral, it could be said to be an epoch. New space travel has been opened.
The cost of launching Falcon 9 at that time was about 62 million USD, or about 2,500 USD for half a kilogram of cargo, or just a quarter of the cost compared to a decade earlier. This ignites the hope of accessing the space for even startups.
Besides, this reusable rocket is also very useful if one day we have to leave Earth completely to migrate to Mars.
When it was first released in 2010, the iPad was ridiculed by many people because of its name and size, larger than a mobile phone but smaller than a computer. But to date iPad has sold more than 400 million units and become a formidable competitor of Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung and Google.
Today, the iPad has become an important device in business. It is enough just to see how the efficient food service industry has been developed by using iPads as a replacement for cash registers and helping with inventory management.
More than a million iPad apps are now available in app stores, helping the iPad reach every industry, from real estate to pharmacy to education.
Energy-Saving LED Bulbs
LED lights are much more energy efficient than incandescent lamps, which use up to 90% of the energy just to heat up, which have been used for decades.
However, until 2010, LED bulbs were still bulky in size, high in cost and only suitable for use in large industrial workshops. But after US federal law required more energy efficient use, manufacturers like GE and Philips developed LED bulbs aimed at the general consumer.
These LEDs use only 20% more energy than their incandescent predecessors and can last up to 25,000 hours. If the average light is only a few hours a day, that life span is longer than a decade.
During the first half of the decade, Google and Apple secretly tested fully autonomous (driverless) cars. Most major automakers and even ride-hailing companies like Uber or Lyft quickly followed to “encroach” into this field.
Passengers can now call driverless cars that are being tested in cities like Phoenix or Pittsburgh in the US. Thanks to machine vision and some highly sophisticated artificial intelligence technology, these autonomous cars promise to make traveling on the road much safer.
According to the most optimistic calculations, the number of deaths from traffic accidents will decrease by 90%. Perhaps only the US transportation industry with nearly 4 million trucks and taxi drivers is not happy to support this new technology.