From what I’ve been seeing, here are the areas that will be big in 2019:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI has been in the news for a number of years now. 2019 could see the technology reach an inflection point where it becomes accessible to the masses in various forms. I don’t know what those forms will be, but it seems were on the cusp of AI being incorporated as practical functionality in consumer products as well as in medical diagnostics and other scientifically based platforms.
- Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI): As with artificial intelligence, advances in brain-computer interfaces have been increasing over the past several years. Being able to control computers and machines with thought is at the point where 2019 could see a significant breakthrough where BCI’s move out of the lab and into more widespread, practical use.
- Reversing the effects of aging: I’ve been noticing more news articles about research in this field. That leads me to believe that the pace of discovery is picking up. I suspect we’ll be hearing much more about advances in this research in 2019. From David Sinclair, Director of the Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard:
“I think the public doesn’t realize how advanced this technology is and how many investors and companies are also involved. 2019 is going to be a watershed year for this field. Just so many things are converging. The science, the business side, the clinical trials reporting out, and the general interest from the public — all of that means that in a year from now, we may find ourselves in one of the most interesting times in human history. It always takes a long time to get a lab result to humans, usually at least a decade, but it’s coming now. There’s really no question.” (from Neo.Life)