5 Innovations That Will Impact the World

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5 Innovations That Will Impact the World

  1. 1. 5 Innovations That Will Impact theWorld InnoTech San Antonio April 5, 2012 Matt Reedy Enterprise Innovation Brad Billman Applied Research
  2. 2. Topics • How We Came Up With This List • 3D Printing • Nanotechnology • Sensor-based homes • Autonomous Vehicles • IBM Watson2 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  3. 3. How We Came Up With This List • Our Applied Research & Innovation teams innovate continuously on behalf of our members (customers) and are always on the lookout for advanced technologies that can make our members’ lives easier and better. • We looked at dozens of different technologies that have been on our radar screen, in the news lately and have the potential to make a positive impact on not only our members, but consumers in general. • While there are so many from which to choose, we selected these five based on their relatively advanced stage of development and variety of potential uses.3 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  4. 4. 3D Printing What is it? The ability to replicate complex 3-dimensional objects using enhanced printing technology Photo: 3D Systems4 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  5. 5. 3D Printing • Personalized prosthetics • Can be made to look like the human body or not, depending on personal preferences Photos: Bespoke Innovations5 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  6. 6. 3D Printing • Facial reconstruction This 3-D printed lower jaw was coated with a biocompatible ceramic, and surgeons added a secondary structure to support false teeth. (Photo: LayerWise)6 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  7. 7. 3D Printing How will it impact the world? • Extremely inexpensive manufacturing technology for sophisticated parts and components • The printing devices are portable so manufacturing can be brought closer to the point of end use • 3D printing can help trim days, weeks and months off the typical product design and development cycle • Recent advances indicate reconstruction of human body elements could even progress to organs and tissues7 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  8. 8. Nanotechnology Nanoscience is the study of the fundamental principles of molecules and structures with at least one dimension roughly between 1 and 100 nanometers (one billionth of a meter). For comparison, a human hair is 50,000 nanometers in diameter and the smallest things visible by the unaided human eye are 10,000 nanometers. Nanotechnology is the application of nanostructures into useful devices. MIT uses carbon nanotubes to boost lithium battery power 10x (Photo: MIT)8 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  9. 9. Nanotechnology Nanotechnology consumer products include:  Head® NanoTitanium Tennis Racquets  Eddie Bauer® Water Shorts with Nano-Dry® technology  Nano-In Foot Deodorant Powder/Spray  Burts Bees® sunscreen with "natural Titanium Dioxide mineral...micronized into a nano sized particle." This is interesting because nanostructures are at the intersection of the smallest human-made devices and the largest molecules of living things. Fundamental properties of larger things (conductivity, hardness, melting point, etc.) merge & interact with atomic properties (wave-particle duality and quantum effects).9 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  10. 10. Nanotechnology Where is it currently being used? • Smart materials – self-healing structures • Apparel, home textiles, furniture – resists spills, stains, speed dry • Sensors – electromagnetic, biosensors • Drugs, drug delivery • Electronics • Carbon nanotubes are some of the strongest elements ever developed and are being used as additives to a variety of structural materials10 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  11. 11. Nanotechnology Nanotechnology will be used to make lighter & stronger materials for aircraft & spacecraft, and Nanobatteries. You will be most familiar with the application of nanotechnology in household self-cleaning or ―easy-to-clean‖ surfaces on ceramics or glasses. The use of engineered nanofibers makes clothes water- and stain-repellent or wrinkle-free. Nanotechnology is already being used in medicine for cell-specific drug delivery. You will probably not see the term ―nanotechnology‖ on the ingredient or material list of products, but they will contain elements of nanotechnology.11 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  12. 12. Smart Home A Home equipped with technology that can communicate its condition to an owner and insurance provider.12 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  13. 13. Sensor-Based Homes (Smart Homes)13 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  14. 14. Sensors Today • Home Alarm Systems • Garage Door System • Appliances • Water Sensors • Custom Sensors – Arduino & Raspberry PI14 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  15. 15. Sensor-Based Homes (Smart Homes) - Impact • Informed Home Owners • Security Social • Advanced Data • Contribution to Science • Early Warning and Claims Avoidance • New Dimension on Provider Relationship15 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  16. 16. Autonomous Vehicles A vehicle that can drive itself from one point to another without assistance from a driver.16 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  17. 17. Autonomous Vehicles – 1930’s Image Sources: www.popsci.com/archive-viewer17 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  18. 18. Autonomous Enablers Laser IR GPS On-Board Video and Systems Still Camera Remote Control RADAR Pre-Determined Destination18 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  19. 19. Autonomous Vehicles – Today • Onboard Sensors • GPS Connectivity • Remote Monitor & Take over • In-Car Manual Drive • Video & Still Cameras • Edge Detection • Onboard Computer System • Collision Detection & Avoidance Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_car19 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  20. 20. Autonomous Vehicles – Impact • Crash Avoidance • Advanced Services • Habit Changing Social Inclusion • Shift in the Invention World • Government Regulation & Planning20 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  21. 21. IBM Watson • IBM scientists developed what they expect will be the world’s most advanced ―question answering‖ machine, able to understand a question posed in everyday human speech — ―natural language,‖ as computer scientists call it — and respond with a precise, factual answer. Photo: IBM21 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  22. 22. IBM Watson • Watson combines natural language processing, information retrieval, knowledge representation and reasoning, and machine learning technologies. • Natural language processing research work abounds both academically and commercially, with Apple’s Siri and True Knowledge Ltd’s Evi as prime examples. • Universities such as Stanford are pushing the envelope in knowledge representation and reasoning research. • Machine learning efforts have been ongoing for many years, with universities leading the way. • WellPoint, Inc. and IBM announced an agreement in late 2011 to create the first commercial applications of the IBM Watson technology. WellPoint will develop and launch Watson-based solutions to help improve patient care through the delivery of up-to-date, evidence-based health care. Watsons ability to analyze the meaning and context of human language, and quickly process vast amounts of information to suggest options targeted to a patients circumstances, can assist decision makers, such as physicians and nurses, in identifying the most likely diagnosis and treatment options for their patients.22 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  23. 23. IBM Watson How will it impact the world? • Recently, researchers have been adding medical information from journals and encyclopedias to Watsons database. The end goal is to link Watson with a hospitals electronic health records system, which will allow doctors to remotely consult Watson as they see patients. • The technology is still in its infancy, but Watson recently accurately diagnosed a fictional patient with Lyme disease using only a list of symptoms. • Watson has well-developed voice recognition technology which is of great interest to retail and customer service organizations. Theoretically, Watson could answer basic questions, but the human factor (will customers actually use it?) is still an unknown. • Enormous amounts of data are generated every day in the financial industry. Watson has the sophisticated analytics capability that could help businesses glean meaningful knowledge from this data in order to identify relationships and make better informed financial decisions.23 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.
  24. 24. Summary • Five Innovations That Will Impact the World – 3D Printing – Nanotechnology – Sensor-based homes – Autonomous Vehicles – IBM Watson • Clearly, there are many more innovative ideas, products and services being developed and even on the market today. • But we felt that you as technology specialists and consumers will likely see the effects of these five innovations in your daily lives in the not too distant future.24 PUBLIC INFORMATION: May be discussed or shared with non-USAA employees.

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