• The 2015 list is: fuel cell vehicles, next-generation robotics, recyclable thermoset plastics, precise generating engineering technologies, additive manufacturing, emergent artificial intelligence, distributed manufacturing, “sense and avoid” drones, neuromorphic technology, and the digital genome.
  • Artificial intelligence, in contrast to normal hardware and software, enables a machine to perceive and respond to its changing environment. Emergent AI takes this a step further, with progress arising from machines that learn automatically by assimilating large volumes of information.
  • The next step with drone technology is to develop machines that fly themselves, opening them up to a wider range of applications. For this to happen, drones must be able to sense and respond to their local environment, altering their height and flying trajectory in order to avoid colliding with other objects in their path.

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