What is the next big thing in technology?
For more than three decades, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology has worked to diversify and grow the state’s economy by supporting groundbreaking research and innovation.
Our suite of peer-reviewed support programs has led to breakthrough technologies developed here in Oklahoma ranging from new medical devices to life-changing therapeutics to critical electronics flown on NASA missions.
The results have been impactful growth of new businesses and jobs created across the state.
Our performance metrics reveal that legislative appropriations for OCAST and our partner organizations in what we call the Oklahoma Innovation Model have resulted in over 21,000 new Oklahoma jobs in the last five years alone and helped to launch or support approximately 200 businesses over the past three decades.
But we haven’t declared “mission accomplished.”
At OCAST, we’re looking over the horizon at the next wave of disruptive technologies and are prepared to support Oklahoma innovators as they develop new products, services and companies that result in high-paying jobs for Oklahomans.
Oklahomans are pushing groundbreaking developments in genetics, weather science, unmanned aerial systems and what is known as the Internet of Things.
Oklahoma boasts some of the nation’s leading experts who are advancing DNA sequencing technologies. Scientists at Oklahoma City’s DNA Solutions are leaders in using DNA sequencing to conduct forensic investigations and establish ancestry and animal lineage. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation operates a next-generation DNA sequencing facility that aids important research in treating and solving medical conditions. And the Forensic Science Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma annually produces dozens of new DNA technicians and scientists.
Advanced weather technology is another area in which Oklahomans are leading the way in developing next-generation precision modeling and forecasting techniques. Weather researchers at the University of Oklahoma are employing drones to explore the atmosphere with a precision that is leading to faster and more accurate weather forecasts and early-warning systems that can save lives and mitigate property damage.
Engineers at the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at Oklahoma State University are designing autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles that can help predict formation of tornadoes. Weather is just one of a multitude of new areas where drones are making valuable contributions, which include precision agriculture, package deliveries, infrastructure inspection, perimeter monitoring, law enforcement and other applications.
The Internet of Things will connect your digital devices to provide real-time monitoring of critical equipment such as cooling units, appliances and even remote locations such as oil well drilling rigs. An Oklahoma City company, Digital Six Laboratories Inc., has created both hardware and software technologies that enable enhanced monitoring for restaurants, hospitals, research laboratories, energy companies and more. Truly, our world is increasingly digital.
Other areas growing in importance to Oklahoma include data analytics, cybersecurity, collaborative robotics (“cobots”) and other technologies that can be used in manufacturing, energy production and new treatments for vision-related disorders.
So, what is the Next Big Thing? Is it a cure for cancer? A trip to Mars for extended human stay? Real-time monitoring of grocery store cooling units? Quantum computing? Augmented, virtual or mixed reality?
As the state’s agency for development, technology transfer and commercialization, OCAST is helping Oklahoma innovators across the state as they pursue the “Next Big Thing.”
Michael Carolina is the executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
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