What are the cutting-edge innovations that have made an impact in the industrial world this year? What was the major news not to be missed? This winter, we offer you the opportunity to relive the year 2022 from an industrial perspective. In this article, we focus on the major scientific and technological breakthroughs of 2022.
01/ Major Improvements in Nuclear Fusion Experiments
December 14, 2022
This is probably the most important scientific advance of the year. American scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility in California (LLNL) successfully produced a nuclear fusion reaction with positive net energy. It was announced in December 2022.
Until now, nuclear fusion experiments consumed more energy than they produced. But the American physicists were able to generate 3.15 megajoules of energy while the 192 lasers that were used to trigger the physical reaction projected only 2.05 megajoules. This net energy gain is a world premiere that brings many hopes for the future of a safe and sustainable energy system.
02/ NASA Successfully Hit an Asteroid
September 26, 2022
The DART mission began in November 2021, when NASA sent a spacecraft into space aboard a Falcon 9 rocket with the mission to crash into asteroid Dimorphos located 11 million kilometers from the Earth. This test was meant to help humanity protect itself from a potential collision in the future. The impact was successful. NASA crashed a spacecraft at 24,000 km / h against an asteroid and diverted it from its course.
03/ ChatGPT Disrupts the World
December 21, 2022
ChatGPT is probably one of the most remarkable digital advances of the year 2022. Developed by California-based OpenAI, this conversational chatbot uses generative AI to respond to people’s queries. Since its opening to the general public, it has aroused unbridled enthusiasm. But these tools are not harmless and raise many questions.
04/ The Longest Internet Cable in the World Soon in Service
November 10, 2022
The 45,000 km-long 2Africa cable has just been connected to the Port of Marseille. Initiated by Meta, the longest cable in the world will connect 33 countries on 3 continents; Africa, Europe, and Asia, representing 3 billion people, when it is fully operational in 2024. The installation in Marseille follows successful installations in the ports of Genoa and Barcelona earlier this year.
05/ The Metaverse is There
September 9, 2022
More than simply a virtual playground, the “metaverse” is set to bring colleagues together to tackle real-world challenges in the safety of private virtual environments.