As the world is moving forward, we’re also speeding up. And that means we’re making more and more discoveries than we’ve previously made in the past when it comes to science. Arts – not so much, since most of it has been discovered already. There’s only so much art that our ancestors could make till this point, but the world of science just keeps on giving! You’d think that most of what could possibly be discovered already has been, but you’d be wrong there! There’s a whole lot left, but it keeps getting increasingly difficult to make discoveries since they’re harder to crack. We’ve already dealt with all the easy ones, and now we’re left with some of the most difficult scientific problems that we’ve ever faced. However, it’s a miracle that our archaeologists and scientists keep going at unprecedented speeds to keep making our planet more habitable, enjoyable and worth living on. 2018 has been a great year for arts and scientific discovery, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be stopping with those any time soon. Here are some of the top breakthroughs and findings of 2018 that you’re sure to be amazed (or horrified) by!
Artificial Intelligence Making Art
Who said we could talk about either science or art? We want to talk about both subjects simultaneously, and The portrait of Edmond de Belamy lets us do exactly that. The picture you see above? Yes, that’s been painted by something that’s not human. In fact, you could argue that whatever painted this gorgeous portrait isn’t even alive, which makes it all the more captivating. For years, people have said that no matter how advanced artificial intelligence became, it would never be able to make its own art, and boy how they have been proven wrong – just like those who said AI would never be proficient at playing games, such as Chess or Go. As of now, AI is simply killing it and has even moved on to advanced, complicated games like Dota 2. Perhaps in a few years, we’ll be able to pay AIs commissions to make us any art piece that we desire, which is definitely a future that we want to live in! The Edmond de Belamy portrait that you see above was initially valued at $10,000 but when it was held at an auction, its price soared all the way up to over $400,000! Which goes to show how valuable AI can be to any type of field / work.
The Alien Spy Ship That Looks Like A Cigar
In 2018, things became a little to Sci-Fi for our liking. There was recently an object that visited our solar system which we’re fairly certain wasn’t from around here. It came really close to earth and then moved away at seriously high speeds.
In fact, it was so small and fast that we noticed it by accident! Astronomers showed some real dedication when they spotted this thing streaking across earth’s backyard. What makes this object so peculiar is that it’s neither like an asteroid nor a comet. It also has a sort of cylindrical shape which we doubt could ever be formed naturally, indicating that it’s possibly new forms of tech. However, after examining it closely, scientists didn’t get any signs of unnatural activity on board, and it left our space before we could dig deeper. It still leaves us curious, though!
Designer Babies Were Finally Made
No, these aren’t babies that become designers. This refers to technology that literally allows us to alter our genes to improve ourselves as humans. It’s been around for some years now, but no scientists wanted to test it on humans due to an understandable moral dilemma that comes with it. That didn’t stop a certain Chinese scientist from going through with it though, and made two human babies that won’t be vulnerable to a few diseases during their life. As you can expect, the move triggered a huge backlash, but what’s done is done.
What are you thoughts on designer babies? Do you think the cigar-shaped object was indeed something from out of this world? We can’t wait for more breakthroughs during the next year, and are even more excited to see what the world will be like ten years from now!