What was the most impactful technological advance of 2016?
Some candidates which come to mind are advances in artificial intelligence (an AI beat a human in a complex game like Go), genetic engineering (CRISPR has the potential to allow for human gene editing to prevent disease and enhance humans), and space travel (a reusable rocket landed on a floating barge in the ocean for the first time in human history). Time will show how big an impact each of these technologies has.
However, independent of how impactful each technology turns out to be, the human effort which goes into the development of each is to be applauded.
Here’s a video which shows the emotions experienced by the SpaceX team during the company’s successful earth landing of humanity’s first reusable rocket. The emotion is the direct result of the human effort that went into the technology’s development.