What we’re most thankful for in tech, science, company, and innovation

We’re hopeful about the effect that MacKenzie Scott, remaining, and Melinda French Gates will have as unbiased philanthropists. (Pics by means of Bystander Revolution and Gates Basis)

This was a week when lots of of us in the U.S. paused to mirror and give many thanks. We’re keeping the custom alive on the GeekWire Podcast. On this particular holiday getaway episode, we offer our gratitude for some of the technologies, tendencies and hopeful developments of the past year, as mirrored in information protection on GeekWire.

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mRNA vaccines: Here we have science, technological innovation, innovation and a spirit of cooperation encouraging to handle a single of the most demanding scenarios on the world. COVID-19 vaccines are a no-brainer to top this list.

Environmental awakening: 2021 has been a watershed second for investors, startups, and the standard small business populace waking up to climate alter in a a great deal greater way. Some of the examples we examine:

Electrical automobiles and substantial-speed rail: The proliferation of electric autos on the road, and prolonged-term scheduling for superior-velocity rail in the Cascadia Corridor has us hopeful about the future of alternative forms of transportation.

Cloud storage: It is not a new growth, of study course, but the ease of storing, syncing and backing up knowledge in the cloud is a person of those advances that develop into an integral section of lifetime just about without us noticing. Anything as seemingly mundane as Microsoft OneDrive has made switching among PCs seamless, for case in point.

Every day AR: In a great deal the exact way, the very little touches of augmented fact in the globe all around us have manufactured lifestyle a lot easier. An case in point: the suggestions in the backup digital camera on cars that make reversing into a place that much less complicated.

The future technology of innovators: Examples abound, as evidenced by our Junior Geek of the Month collection. On the other hand, the case in point that stands out from the earlier yr is Seattle teenager business owners Sage Khanuja and Nikolas Ioannou creating and providing their telemedicine startup in a prosperous exit before this calendar year.

Professional place tourism: Certain, there are a lot of causes to be skeptical about billionaires blasting on their own and a selected number of into minimal-Earth orbit. But if this is a essential move toward a multi-planetary species, there is also rationale to be optimistic. At the very least, which is 1 way of on the lookout at it. We were being divided on this just one.

MacKenzie and Melinda: We’re hopeful about the affect that MacKenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates will have as philanthropists in their personal proper. For reasons of fascinating news coverage, we hope the former spouses of Jeff Bezos and Invoice Gates staff up even additional than they by now have, although it might be much better for the world for them to perform independently.

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