Technology has been advancing at a very fast rate. Back then computers were the size of rooms and it could only do simple mathematical equations. Now it can be the size of a button and be performing various complex instructions. It makes us wonder what more is in store for the near future. Well, just from observing the technological trends today, we can make predictions on what those might be. Here are some of them:
Future Transformations via Technology
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robot assistants
There’s already Siri and Cortana, digital assistants living in our mobile devices that we can literally talk and give instructions to. There also are humanoid robots such as ASIMO and a whole host of other robots that can already perform simple tasks and chores. It’s only a matter of time until puts those together into a fully conscious and artificially intelligent machine that can provide companionship and entertainment or perform menial human tasks such as cleaning the house for example.
2. Fully Interactive Virtual Reality (VR)
Current VR technology is limited to audiovisual entertainment such as video games and movies but in the future it could become a full sensory experience. Watching a movie could eventually feel like being in the movie or fully experiencing a music concert can be don’t in the comfort of your living room.
3. Space Travel
It’s already very easy and inexpensive to travel the world nowadays. Heck some even do it on bicycles! So what could be the next big thing in tourism technology? One word: space. Elon Musk of Tesla is already spearheading the Space X project which aims to bring people to Mars. That’s something we can look forward, or rather up, to.
4. Advanced Prosthetics and Augmentative Exoskeletons
Losing limbs may no longer be a big deal in the future. Current prosthetics are mainly cosmetic but in the future we can look forward to it also becoming fully functional. And why stop at just functional when it can likely be used to also augment physical human capabilities.
5. Wearable, discreet, or integrated smart devices
Humanity will remain reliant on smart mobile devices for information, entertainment, or commerce but instead of being handheld, it will probably be wearable. Imagine earrings that can act as a phone or bracelets or eyeglasses that can project a holographic and interactive computer screen.
6. Self-driving vehicles
There already are self driving cars being developed and tested and we can only expect these to become more advanced, reliable, and ubiquitous in the near future.
7. 3D Printed structures
Liveable and functional structures need not take months or years to build. Advancements in 3D printing technology could enable humanity to quickly print larger structures, or at least larger pieces that can easily be assembled into larger structures.
The stuff of sci-fi stories seems to gradually become reality. If we consider what happens in such stories, we can expect that in the near future, the machines will be taking over — hopefully to the convenience and benefit of humanity.