Advances in robotics. Tougher oversight of federal telecom rules. Paying for privacy. Making headway on getting high-speed Internet to rural areas. Another dot-com bubble ahead? And tech jobs among Kiplinger’s 10 best jobs for the future.
In a recent issue, we noted that the battery industry is poised for growth as both utilities and their customers look for ways to store energy for use when demand is high or the electric grid fails. Battery tech is advancing and costs are falling, but batteries are far from the only viable way to store energy or provide backup power in emergencies. Two other approaches — one novel and one traditional — are also making strides.
Doing away with passwords. Business opportunities stemming from breaches of federal computer systems. New communications technologies. The next target for privacy advocates. Health guidance from fitness devices. Online learning goes mobile.
The boom in shale oil and gas isn’t just unleashing a flood of new energy sources in the U.S. It’s also driving a massive build-out of the nation’s energy-carrying infrastructure, which is needed to bring that big bounty of crude oil and natural gas to market. At the same time, big changes for the electric grid mean utilities are investing heavily in new transmission lines to make sure your lights stay on.