Part of a series on the best of 2017. PopSci has its list of 100 best innovations of the year including Kymriah, a cancer treatment in video below
First some of its commentary:
For the person doing the watching, the difference between then and now lies in the smoothness of the process. It would take until the late ’90s for technology to finally work well—and to do so for everyone. Palm Pilots and iMacs and Motorola StarTACs weren’t objects people put up with in their offices or homes because they had to; they were things folks wanted to and could use, free of excruciating early-adopter nonsense. Technology was subculture-turned-zeitgeist, with nowhere to go but everywhere.
Think of this tidal shift as the ascension of the user experience or the democratization of innovation. But the sum total of the past three decades is the same: It’s up to us to perfect products, or to decide when perfection is achieved. It’s borne out again and again, no matter the field of endeavor. Where NASA once dominated space, we now have private enterprises like SpaceX, Bigelow Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin. Where AIs once did their thinking only in university labs, we now interact with the simple interfaces of voice-recognizing Google assistants and face-detecting security cameras as casually as we’d chat with a coworker. And we sprinkle this once-rarified gear throughout our homes and offices as casually as radios and lamps.