2010s in science and technology
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- Planetary Resources in 2012 became the first asteroid mining company to announce publicly its intention to mine valuable resources from asteroids - a goal that, if achieved, would provide enormous economic value to the world.
Information and communications technology
- Google (perhaps surprisingly, in view of its position as a computing company, not an automotive manufacturer) develops the world's first self-driving car to be licensed for use on public roads.
- The Wikimedia Foundation, through its German chapter Wikimedia Deustschland, in 2012 starts developing Wikidata, its first new project in six years. The initial software development is sponsored by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Google.
- In 2012, Google Chrome became the world's most used web browser, displacing former long-time frontrunner Internet Explorer.
- Collaborative source code sharing website GitHub becomes in 2011 the world's most popular open source hosting site, after in the previous decade attaining the title of the world's most popular Git hosting site.
- Oracle sued Google over the use of Java-related technology in Google's popular Android operating system for smartphones and tablet computers.
- Following an unprecedented internet protest and blackout campaign in 2012 in which many popular websites such as Wikipedia took part, the widely-criticised Stop Online Piracy Act bill was temporarily withdrawn in the US Congress, pending resolution of the issues identified.
- Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk proposes the Hyperloop, although is too busy leading both SpaceX and Tesla Motors to implement the plan, so decides to release his Hyperloop plans for free to the world, and allow others to profit from his innovation.
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- Matt Warman (21 May 2012). "Google Chrome beats Internet Explorer to become world's most popular web browser". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Klint Finley (2 Jun 2011). "GitHub Has Surpassed Sourceforge and Google Code in Popularity". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "Git User's Survey 2009".