2018 will bring initiatives on multiple projects to make synthetic cells safe from all viruses – achieved via methods far more precise and more efficient than current gene-editing methods.
Now, with big data, and more data available through everything from health records and fitness apps to public data such as high school graduation rates and population demographics, we are increasingly able to compare what happens with what would have happened without a particular intervention.
We will see a single AI that, once trained, can play multiple very different games, answer questions on topics ranging from politics to science to cooking to everyday life, and more.
As more events are discovered, we will learn more about relativity, and about the numbers of neutron stars and black holes of different masses.
Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin have accumulated indirect evidence for an object that’s more than twice the diameter of Earth, but 10 times as far from the sun as Pluto.
We will hear more regrets from founders of tech companies about the addictive technologies they have launched.
Industry leaders, fearful of more stringent restrictions on their activities, will lead the way for thoughtful oversight of digital technologies.