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Name one Major advancement of the 2010's


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Name one Major advancement of the 2010's in Physics, chemistry, math, or medical.



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I think that in future decades, the 2010s will be looked on at a time where many industries and fields got their beginnings (in the sense of being released to the consumer market or finding genuine success for the first time), but they weren't that good or widespread yet.

 

Self-driving cars? They existed and were actually pretty good, but you couldn't really buy one yourself for most (or all of) the decade except for Level 3 vehicles towards the very end, and overall they played a very small role in society.

Virtual Reality? It existed, but got off to a rough start and was mostly a niche thing during the '10s. (To answer your question more directly, though, the birth/revival of the VR consumer scene is probably the biggest concrete development of the 2010s for me.)

3D printers? They existed, but were pretty limited in use and most people didn't own one.

Gene sequencing and gene therapy? Both those things were around, but gene sequencing wasn't mainstream aside from DNA testing, and gene therapy was in the testing phases and for all intents and purposes was close to nonexistent during the 2010s, aside from a handful of absurdly expensive treatments for rare diseases.

Artificial Intelligence? Yeah, Deep Learning revived the field back in 2012 and did some amazing things before the decade was over, but AI didn't touch the lives of the average person that much and there were many who weren't even aware of the field's revival early in the decade.

 

Overall, the 2010s will probably be looked at as an exciting time where many nascent fields were rapidly developing, fields which during the 2000s many people considered a lost cause... but not as exciting as the 2020s, where those technologies became more mature and widespread and caused huge changes throughout society. I think that I'd view the 2010s as being like the 1980s, with the 2020s like the 1990s - one decade being a time of rough beginnings and narrowly averted winters, with the subsequent decade seeing the refinement of those technologies as they emerge into their own personal 'springs.'

 

Videogames? Sure, they existed during the 1980s (and earlier for that matter), but they were primitive and simplistic for the first half of the decade, the industry almost crashed altogether before Nintendo revived it, and console gaming was barely a thing for the significant majority of the decade since the NES didn't see a national release until late 1986. The 1990s were vastly more spring-like compared to the narrowly averted videogame winter of the 1980s, the videogame industry perfectly healthy and well-established come the start of January 1990.

VHS tapes? VCRs were owned by 10 percent of US households as far along into the decade as 1984, and it wasn't until late in the 80s (1987) that VHS movies dropped down from their absurdly expensive $100 or so price tag. Compared to the 90s, where movie rentals were a thriving business from January 1st 1990 through December 31st 1999, with VCRs a household staple that entire time.

DNA testing? It existed, yeah, starting from around 1984 if I've been told correctly... but was only offered at one laboratory in the world prior to 1987 or so, and even then wasn't successfully used in a court case until 1989 or 1990. It wasn't until the '90s that DNA testing made any real mark on the world.

Personal computers? They were around, of course, but they were primitive, expensive to a degree that seems mind-boggling to people who weren't around back then, and even by 1990 only around 15 percent of US households were in possession of one. Not until the '90s that PCs become a fixture in every classroom or become a common item in homes. 

 

I mean, I'm sure you could do that with any decade (TV programming basically got its beginnings during the 1940s but didn't break into the mainstream until the late 1950s, color TV started around 1965 but didn't reach 50 percent penetration in the US until 1973, etc), but you get the point. 

 

On that note, this thread reminds me that I look forward to the thread Yuli promised for December 2019 where he writes about all the progress that has been made throughout the '10s. Hasn't been an insubstantial amount at all.


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CRISPR - cas9 & Cpf1


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USB-C might actually standardise all physical ports. Phones, computers, tablets, TV's, all can make use of a single universal cable for data & power transfer. Best of all, it's interchangeable across all brands. 

 

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Careful, you're skirting dangerously close to the no pornography rule!  :biggrin: 


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