In 2013, around 39.0% of the population of Earth used the internet. There were roughly 673 million websites, and the number of email users was over 1.9 billion.
The year 2013 does not fall short of technological advancement compared to previous years. Additionally, 2013 introduced technologies that would dictate innovations and devices for the years to come.
Many devices that debuted in 2013 scratched the surface of the technology’s potential behind these devices. So, 2013 was a big year for the future of technology.
The devices that were introduced seemed to humans like something they usually see in futuristic movies.
Advancements of the Technology in 2013
The year 2013 involves products and innovations that were so-called “firsts” in their respective fields. Companies also focused on improving their already existing products had intense competition in the race for the biggest and brightest advancements this year. Having this in mind, let’s dive into which innovations were deemed the best for 2013.
Hard Drives From Helium
When the air in hard drives was replaced with helium for the first time in 2013, experts saw a revolutionary change to the storage that hard drives could offer. Namely, with helium filling what once was air, one hard drive could offer up to 6 TB of capacity.
This breakthrough was made by Western Digital, which gets all the credit for the innovation of 6 TB hard drives. It is also notable that humans knew for more than thirty years that replacing the air inside a hard drive with a lighter and thinner gas will allow hard drives to spin faster and consume less power.
And, after knowing this for more than thirty years, 2013 proved to be the year when humans would make this leap that would have a significant, beneficial impact on the future of hard drives and storage capacities.
Displays in 4K
Up until 2013, humans were used to watching television in 1080p. However, when 2013 came around, companies introduced yet another improvement and made 4K displays available to all TV watchers.
At the beginning of the introduction, 4K display television sets were more expensive, and not enough content, i.e., movies, TV shows, etc., were not available. However, as the year progressed and more and more companies introduced this technology to their products, prices dropped, and content was made according to 4K qualifications.
So, it was evident to the humans that 4K would soon become the new standard in its field.
Additionally, 4K displays were made available to computer desktops and mobile phones as well as TV. This innovation in displays also helps to reduce power consumption, which makes this the most significant breakthrough in mobile computing for 2013.
First Steps in Solving World Hunger in the Future
In 2013, a team of scientists got 330 000 dollars in funding from Google’s Sergey Brin, managed to grow a burger patty successfully that weighed five ounces and was made solely from the stem cells of cows.
Sergey Brin’s discovery was the first step for the future, which indicated that all food humans consume could be grown in a laboratory. Moreover, these scientists managed to imitate the taste of a real burger almost wholly. Additionally, if humans can grow their food in laboratories, they will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use less water in the future.
So, growing a burger patty is only the first step in the right direction for humans. If they manage to improve this technology in the future further, not only will they make progress in solving world hunger that ravages their Earth, they will also reduce the negative impact that greenhouse gas emissions have on their home. And 2013 was the start of technology with so much potential.
Commercial Use of Drones
In 2013, drones were primarily associated with military use and warfare. No human at the time imagined using drones in their everyday lives.
However, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, brought to the general public an idea that was never heard of before. He revealed the concept of using drones to drop off packages in thirty minutes or less at their destinations.
So, he introduced the idea that businesses can use drones to conduct everyday operations and bring commercial drones to life. This sparked a conversation among humans about whether drones can be applied to something as ordinary as delivering packages. Commercial drones were, in 2013, a revolutionary concept.
Jeff Bezos had in 2013 only scratched the surface of future use of drones outside of military endeavors.
Smartphones on Wrists?
By 2013, every human was already accustomed to carrying a computer in the shape of a smartphone in their pocket. Also, the concept of having a smartphone on your wrist in the form of a watch, or how humans like to call them smartwatches, was already present in the back of people’s minds.
However, in 2013, these smartwatches were made a reality, and the first of their kind were available for sale. The Pebble smartwatch was the first to hit stores in the summer of 2013. Apple was also hinting at a possible iWatch, while Samsung released their Samsung galaxy gear smartwatch before any of the tech giants could, in September 2013.
The smartwatch market made a boom in 2013 and showed tremendous potential to grow in the future. It became cool for humans to wear a watch that allows them to send a text and tell time, and humans like being cool.
Honorable mentions for 2013
To include all the essential advancements of 2013, we would be remiss not to mention the following:
- Tech companies are always searching for new ways to protect user’s information, and in 2013 Motorola came up with two new ways to do this: digital tattoos and password pills.
- Apple introduced a new feature on its iPhone 5s, fingerprint scanning, which protected the user’s phone and information they have on it alongside a passcode.
- The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, was introduced, and developer kits were made available in 2013 and made a boom in the gaming community. However, the Oculus Rift had been commercially released yet.
- In 2013 computers finally understood human voices as voice recognition was made good enough to use. Google introduced its integrated voice search, Xbox One introduced its new Kinect, and Apple introduced Siri on its iPhone 5s.
- Google launched a project in 2013 called Loon, which would strive to introduce a system of giant helium balloons that would bring WIFI to areas out of reach, including out-of-reach areas in emerging markets.
- Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, introduced a new futuristic form of transportation called the Hyperloop. This solar-powered transportation system could potentially take users from Los Angeles to San Francisco in thirty minutes or less.
- Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and his project called Internet.org implied for the first time in 2013 a future with cheaper smartphones, better data plans, and easily available smartphone apps for developing countries.
- The bionic eye, or professionally known as the Argus Retinal Prosthetics, is a bionic retinal implant first introduced in 2013. The possibilities that the bionic eye offers are endless, and many experts believe that the bionic eye will become superior to the natural human eye in time.
To sum up, 2013 was when humans outdid themselves and made unprecedented innovations and unimaginable updates to existing products. Also, 2013 brought about discoveries that would have tremendous implications for the future of humans and technology altogether.
Much headway was made across different fields, like in the production of tech gadgets, medicine, warfare, and even in day-to-day business operations. So, it is safe to say that 2013 was a significant year for humans and technology.