Innovators under 35: Where technology is going and how it is shaping our world.

It is crazy to think how fast the world is changing and how much technology has to do with the advances that are taking place. In this site, there are a great variety of different ideas, and projects that show how technology is affecting us and challenging all the different areas. From health, to social, and learning advantages, this site has a lot of articles about new exciting work by people under the age of 35 that I found interesting. Also, the fact that the inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, etc. are under this age was an incredible eye opener to me and really showed me that our generation has a lot to offer. While navigating the website, there were multiple articles that called my attention, but there are two that stood out the most to me: “A novel approach to learning languages is making the Web more accessible”, and “Heart on a chip paves the way for personalized cardiac medicines.”

For the first article, what I found interesting is the idea of solving an existing issue by making it a game and allowing people to interact with it. This really showed me the idea that in today’s society people want to be entertain no matter what they are doing and that the only way to engage them is to make them a part of the experience. This is exactly why this article talks about how it is hard to translate websites to other languages because using Google translate does not seem to be the answer, and there are not enough people out there that actually want to sit through and translate them (plus the fact that it is a lot of information and a lot of translators will be needed). So how can this problem be solved? Well, this is where Hacker and Von Ahn come in. They have made a game out of the issue and have called it “Duolingo”. This game not only teaches foreign languages to anyone who has access to a smartphone or internet connection (for free), but as people reach the highest levels, it complies your work and the one of other students, which produce accurate translations. Isn’t it a smart idea? People get to learn new languages while companies like CNN and Buzzfeed pay Duolingo to have foreign translations of their websites.

Another article that really called my attention was the “Heart on a chip paves the way for personalized cardiac medicines” because it shows how technology will allow us solve medical issues in ways that seem impossible. An example of this what the article takes about, which is basically a chip that will allow doctors to “predict how an individual’s heart will respond to a drug than, say, tests using lab animals.” I think this is a great advancement because first of all it will end the moral issues that come with testing animals, and at the same time it means that the doctors will be able to have an even more exact prediction on how a medicine will affect a specific patient. It is basically allowing doctors to predict whether or not something will work on a patient or not without having any risks and at the same time without the need to test it on a living thing. I really think that technology is solving issues in ways none of us thought could be possible and that even though it has a negative side to it as well, projects like this show that it is something that opens up a lot of doors for humanity and for bettering the world that we live in.

Links:

http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2014/visionary/severin-hacker/

http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2014/entrepreneur/ayah-bdeir/

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