This was a 7 days when lots of of us in the U.S. paused to replicate and give many thanks. We’re maintaining the tradition alive on the GeekWire Podcast. On this special holiday break episode, we provide our gratitude for some of the systems, trends and hopeful developments of the previous yr, as reflected in information protection on GeekWire.
mRNA vaccines: Here we have science, engineering, innovation and a spirit of cooperation helping to tackle one of the most complicated conditions on the planet. COVID-19 vaccines are a no-brainer to top this checklist.
Environmental awakening: 2021 has been a watershed instant for traders, startups, and the normal small business inhabitants waking up to local climate modify in a significantly even larger way. Some of the illustrations we talk about:
Electrical motor vehicles and higher-velocity rail: The proliferation of electric powered autos on the highway, and extended-expression arranging for substantial-velocity rail in the Cascadia Corridor has us hopeful about the potential of alternative kinds of transportation.
Cloud storage: It is not a new enhancement, of program, but the ease of storing, syncing and backing up info in the cloud is one particular of all those advances that develop into an integral aspect of daily life almost without the need of us noticing. A little something as seemingly mundane as Microsoft OneDrive has made switching amongst PCs seamless, for example.
Day to day AR: In a great deal the identical way, the small touches of augmented actuality in the entire world close to us have manufactured daily life less difficult. An instance: the recommendations in the backup digital camera on automobiles that make reversing into a area that considerably much easier.
The next technology of innovators: Examples abound, as evidenced by our Junior Geek of the Month collection. Even so, the instance that stands out from the previous calendar year is Seattle teen entrepreneurs Sage Khanuja and Nikolas Ioannou constructing and promoting their telemedicine startup in a effective exit before this calendar year.
Industrial room tourism: Certain, there are a lot of good reasons to be skeptical about billionaires blasting themselves and a decided on handful of into minimal-Earth orbit. But if this is a vital action toward a multi-planetary species, there is also purpose to be optimistic. At the very least, that is one particular way of looking at it. We ended up divided on this one.
MacKenzie and Melinda: We’re hopeful about the influence that MacKenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates will have as philanthropists in their possess suitable. For uses of appealing information coverage, we hope the former spouses of Jeff Bezos and Monthly bill Gates team up even far more than they already have, whilst it may well be greater for the globe for them to operate independently.
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