The future is, factually speaking, uncertain. For example, we do not know if we will find a cure for cancer, the economic outlook, if we will be living in an algorithmic world or if a robot will soon replace our work cubical mate. Thus, while futurists can dish out some exciting and downright scary visions for the future of technology, there are no facts for the future. However, the uncertainty presents an opportunity.
Technology in today’s world
Starting from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go you sleep, tech is everywhere. The digital transformed life we live, and the development of our technological universe have become the new norm. As per the ITU (International Telecommunication Union), almost fifty percent of the global population uses the web, leading to about 3.5 billion searches on Google every day and more than 570 new websites being launched every minute. Over 90% of the global data has been developed in just the last few years.
With data expanding faster than ever before, the future of tech is even more interesting than what is happening now. We are just witnessing a new beginning of a revolution that will reach every business and every human on this globe. By 2022, at least a third of all data will pass through the cloud, and within four years, there will be over 50 billion intelligent connected devices in the world.
We are keeping pace with the Web transformation.
At the pace at which data and our capability to analyze it are growing, businesses of all sizes will be forced to modify their operations. Businesses that digitally transform will offer customers a seamless and frictionless experience, and as a result, claim more profit in their fields. E.g., Financial services industry like banking. Whereas most banking operations used to be done at local branches, recent reports show that 50% of American citizens have not stepped through the door of a bank or credit union within the last months, mainly due to the growth of mobile and online banking applications.
According to Citi Banks’s 2019 Mobile Banking Study, mobile banking is one of Americans’ top three most-used apps. Similarly, the U.S. FR (Federal Reserve) reported that more than half of U.S. adults with bank accounts had used mobile applications to access their accounts in the year, presenting forward-looking banks with an opportunity to increase the number of relationship touch-points they have with their customers by introducing a wider range of banking products via mobile.
Life in the future: Technology that will change the way we live
Technology has the power to do many things, and changing the world around us is one of them.
We benefit from living in a world where technology and science can help us, make our daily lives much more effortless.
The technology we are already witnessed and are now used to has made an easier way for us to innovate more. These current and future technologies certainly can change our lives further.
Below is our list of technologies that will most likely change our lives forever over the coming years.
We are able to fly to nearly any country without any hassle, but what if we could see the earth from space? Organizations such as SpaceX, Amazon’s Blue Origin, Galactic, and Virgin want to make it a reality and sent people aboard in a spaceship. For instance, passengers on Amazon’s space shuttle will be taken 100km above sea level before parachuting back to earth.
The colonization of other planets
We have been creating widespread destruction on Earth for a long time, and the planet can only put up with humankind’s destructive nature for so long.
If we do not destroy it, we will one day outgrow it. As per different reports, plans are in the works to colonize other planets, and Mars will assuredly be the first choice. With jumps forward in tech, this perception of the future is instantly becoming science-fact rather than science-fiction.
Robots in space and in the workplace
(NASA) National Aeronautics and Space Administration is currently sending robots of different sizes and shapes into space. As technology progresses, this makes sense. For example, robots do not have to be concerned about oxygen or food, and they can get packed with the required sensors to send data back to Earth.
This also applies in the workplaces these days. Robots can take on the most difficult, non-manageable, and harmful jobs to save humankind the risk and trouble. They can theoretically operate more efficiently, quickly, and without any mistakes.
Electric and self-driven cars
Electric and self-driven cars are not new now; they have been on our roads for some time, and they are only getting better.
Car batteries are lasting longer, the charging station infrastructure is growing, and self-driving technology is heavily invested in, meaning it is coming sooner than you probably think. Tesla already has a complex Autopilot mode that can take over some driving controls, but car manufacturers hope to let us go completely hands-free one day.
Chores, chores, chores. Boring and, unfortunately, necessary. However, what if robots could help save you the misery? We already have the beginnings of robot vacuum cleaners and smart home appliances. Bigger, more valuable robots are bouncing up as well.
We could live in a future full of valuable robots helping around the home as butlers, chefs, or general dogsbodies.
Roads over rivers
Space is limited in size and running out quickly – specifically in jam-packed urban areas. This perception shows a future where ways and living spaces have moved out over the waters. When self-driven vehicles do all the work and are fast enough, journeys across the oceans this way might not be unrealistic either.
When there will no space left at all on the roads, it is not unreasonable to think we might take to the skies. There are already plenty of attractive flying car designs that show this future is a realistic possibility.
A solar panel is another technology that has been around for a while, but its future potential is vast. Now they can also be hidden in the tiles on the roof of your house. For instance, Tesla Solar Roof tiles, but some businesses are developing ways of integrating them into car roofs, where they will power in-car technology or make the battery last for a more prolonged period.
Another Elon Musk-backed company, Hyperloop, is a high-speed underground transportation system. It is being built and tested in the U.S. The first-ever route planned will start from Los Angeles and end in San Francisco. One more route is planning to start from New York and end at Washington in twenty-nine minutes rather than the three hours it currently takes.
Hyper-fast trains that travel underground and underwater could revolutionize local public transportation and international travel as well. You may imagine traveling from one country to another while it currently takes to travel between towns.
Working in VR
Augmented Reality (AR) has some incredible potential. It is around for a while now in various applications that can overlay information around you. It is different from virtual reality because it overlays information rather than puts you in VR.
Organizations are experimenting with using both augmented reality and virtual reality devices in the workplace. They can be used in various ways, including virtual scale models of products in development, visual representations of blueprints, or for simple things like virtual team meetings.
Minority Report might have popularized it, but the concept of gesture-based computing has been around for a while. It is also already appearing in multiple different technologies and is almost second nature for most anyhow.
How many gestures do we use already on a day-to-day basis on our tablets, smartphones, and other smart devices? It is reasonable to see a future where mouse and keyboard no longer restrict us and instead rely on voice and action to manipulate data in a virtual space.
We might be currently dreaming about foldable screens and cell phones, but the future might well be screenless.
Many touch-capable projector-like devices can beam usable screens onto your skin, clothing, or other surfaces. As a result, the future of cell phone technology might not even require a device in your pocket but something you wear or have implanted.
Self-driven cars are one thing, but the TRL (Transports Research Laboratory) wants self-driven lorries on the United States roads very soon. The working is for three lorries to drive in convoy. The leading vehicle will control the acceleration and braking of the two vehicles behind it. With still having a driver to control them, the lorries at the back would drive more closely together than humans driving, reducing fuel costs and mistakes.
There will be a soon a future where our deliveries and cargo will be transported by computer-powered transport. Much efficient and always on time.
3D printed food
3D printing technology is rapidly growing, and companies are already experimenting with printing food.
Fridge running a bit low? Not a problem for future you, print some cakes, vegetables or even a pizza. We imagine a big picture.
3D printing is growing in other areas too. From manufacturing Airplane and vehicle parts, replacement joints such as hips, or pieces for a board game, it still has enormous potential to change our lives in the coming decades. The materials being used to print with are advancing too, and now include graphene that is lighter than air but ten times stronger than steel.
Refrigerators that orders food for you
Imagine a fridge that senses when you are running low on something and orders it for you? Again, this technology already exists and is getting better and better every year.
Sooner or later, it will be much more common than every home will have one, and you will never need to pop out to the supermarket again.
Tech-based toothbrushes that can send data to your dentist when needed.
We already have smart toothbrushes which keep an eye on your brushing technique to make sure you are doing an excellent, thorough job each time you brush.
However, what if your toothbrush could send that data to your dentist, so they do not even need to ask if you are flossing daily? Alternatively, perhaps less terrifyingly, using sensors to monitor your dental health by scanning for cavities or plaque build-up.
Smart mirrors that check your health
A glance in the mirror each morning gives you a visual cue on how you’re feeling and looking to the outside world.
Imagine a future where technology build mirrors could scan you and show your health problems, for instance, warning signs of underlying issues or vitamin deficiencies. Information about these symptoms at the right time might help you prepare.
A toilet that Analyzes your deposits
A smart toilet is not a new idea anymore. People in Japan are renowned for having incredible toilets with posterior warming seats, built-in bidets, and much more. However, the toilet of the future might go a step further by analyzing your leavings to check to illness.
You may imagine how useful such a gadget could be in helping to catch signs of deep cancer early on before it becomes a problem. It could also alert you to deficiencies or dietary issues that need rectifying to improve your health.
The concept of 5G is rapidly becoming a reality and could offer faster than wired download speeds regardless of your location.
Imagine, fast connections without overcrowding will open up a wealth of opportunities for connected devices, everything from cars to gadgets and home appliances we have yet to innovate.
The military is already using robotic exoskeletons to give soldiers extra strength and abilities, making their job easier. However, they could also help disabled people, especially those who cannot walk or use their arms, get about easily.
Robotic and prosthetic limbs are already a reality and prove invaluable, but having a completely robotic body would offer an entirely new level of freedom for many worldwide.
Re-engineering and Recycling
The consistent churn of new technology means landfills are often full of old and obsolete tech. So one thing the human race will have to do in the future is learn new ways to recycle, reuse and re-engineer old technology to minimize waste and save the world.
People are already coming up with various exciting ways to recycle old tech, including turning disused plastic into material for paving roads and pavements.
As the world’s population continues to grow, living spaces also shrink, not only for human beings but also for the animals and plants we rely on.
It is reasonable to see a future where technology will require to be developed to allow for farmland in unusual places. This concept of high-rise farms in the middle of a city is not totally out of this world.
The concept of Lab-grown meat is a reality on which scientists are currently working. If scientists become successful in developing a cost-effective way to grow edible meat in the lab, this would surely change our daily lives.
This change cuts down the ecological damage meat farming does to the world and makes for an ethical alternative to meat-eating that many people could enjoy.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence is everywhere around us. It is in robots, machines, and even smartphones. Voice assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant prove how far Artificial Intelligence has already gone. However, it could eventually find its way into things like robot butlers. Let us hope they do not take over the world!
A company called Boston Dynamics is constantly working on machines to support or take an active role in the military.
It is undoubtedly reasonable to imagine a future where robots are sent to fight our battles in place of humans. Moreover, these machines are likely to get the job done without injury, fear, or follow-up care if they get hurt.
Nanobots that check your health
Another robotic technology is being employed to monitor and care for our health. For example, tiny microscopic Nanobots could theoretically be deployed to scan and monitor our insides to hunt out health problems.
They might also repair damaged organs or carry out intricate and delicate surgery procedures and remove the need for traditional invasive surgeries. This could mean lesser time in hospital and lesser recovery time.
3D Metal Printing
Recently, advancements in tech have seen researchers manufacturing 3D printed parts from metal and stainless steel. Many of these techniques are also producing parts that are stronger than traditionally made parts.
Furthermore, as this was not enough, in 2017, one company even started creating 3D metal printers for under $100,000. At the same time, another company produced larger 3D printers capable of producing materials at 100 times the speed of old-school methods. Thus, it seems that the future is all 3D printing.
Cloud gaming without Console
Streaming music, series, or films is completely normal now. It will not be long before we are doing the same with games too. Imagine paying for a service where you no longer need to own a console or PC but can play high-end, modern games on your TV by streaming from the cloud.
Better gaming technology, faster broadband, and more reliable infrastructure could soon make this a reality.
Li-Fi has been tested for the last few years and has some exciting capacity for fast data transfers. As per the reports, “Li-Fi” uses light to transfer data rather than Wi-Fi’s radio waves. As a result, this technology is theoretically capable of transmitting data at much higher speeds and is also less prone to interference.
Because the visible light spectrum is around 10,000 times larger than the radio spectrum, there is a lot more bandwidth. Therefore, it is also considered that if Li-Fi does manage to take off, it will be considerably cheaper than Wi-Fi.