25 Future Technology That’s Closer Than You Think

Posted by , Updated on July 31, 2017

What will futuristic technologies and the world look like in the next twenty years? Technology continues to grow at rapid rates, changing our world today. Twenty years ago, no one would have guessed everyone would have smartphones with the internet. Soon, technology will advance to the point where it’ll radically change who we are and how we interact with the world. Curious? Let’s take a look into the unknown. Here are 25 future technology that’s closer than you think.

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You'll access all your personal accounts with a brain print.

Brain_powerSource: http://theconversation.com

We all know passwords are far from fool-proof. Even other methods like fingerprint and facial recognition can be broken. However, researchers have started studying “brain prints.” The idea behind it is that all our brainwaves are unique and can be used as a type of password. In the future, you’ll likely never use a password again. Instead, you’ll use your brain print.

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Our interactions will be heavily augmented.

augmented realitySource: http://www.independent.co.uk

How we interact and view the world has already changed with smartphone cameras and games like Pokemon Go. However, in the future, contact lenses will have computers in them, allowing you to get a whole host of information from what you see around you. Your interactions with restaurants, movie theaters, and even people, will drastically change, providing you with personalized messages and information.

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We'll have far better treatments for cancer.

treatmentsSource: https://www.cancer.org

Cancer research has come a long way, but we’re nowhere near the ability to treat it effectively. In the future, however, we’ll either be able to cure it completely or have such effective methods of treating it that it won’t be as big of an issue as it once was. They’re already finding a large amount of techniques to cure it with treatments like immunotherapy.

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Batteries will last a long time.

batterySource: http://www.sciencealert.com

Let’s face it, the battery technology we have today is awful. Our battery technology is not keeping up with computing technology. Fortunately, researchers are already discovering exciting new ways to keep batteries charged longer. The days of charging your phone two times a day will likely be long gone.

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Everything will be remembered in the cloud.

cloud computingSource: http://mashable.com

Already we’re seeing cloud computing becoming commonplace in our everyday lives. However, as it becomes more and more common, it’ll be the only place we store computer memory. Probably one day, that’s where we’ll store our own human memories as well.


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Drones will deliver packages to your doorstep.

dronesSource: https://www.usatoday.com

Amazon has already delivered their first package by drone. Other delivery services are prototyping this method as well. As drones become more energy efficient and capable of carrying heavy packages, drones will be a major method of package delivery to your nearest doorstep.

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A $1,000 computer will have the processing power of the human brain.

MicrochipsSource: https://mic.com

The days of humans being the most intelligent species on the earth will come to end very soon. Many futurists and scientists have predicted a $1,000 computer will be invented with the same processing power as the human brain. While that seems far off, they think it’s actually likely by 2025.

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We're going to see a lot more advanced architecture.

dubaiSource: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Architecture in the future is also going to radically change. Already we’ve seen some of this happening in Dubai. Spiral skyscrapers, indoor parks, invisible buildings, natural disaster proof forts, and green power plants will all be a reality.

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We'll get rid of obesity with a pill.

pillSource: http://www.newsweek.com

We’ve all heard of supplements and dieting pills, but none of them really work. However, researchers and scientists have been making strides to create a real pill that would change the way the body processes fat. This would essentially eliminate obesity.

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A movie at the theater will be your own subconscious story.

movie theaterSource: http://www.reuters.com

The movie theater experience hasn’t changed much since the earliest days it was invented. It’s a passive experience of watching a story unfold. However, pretty soon, you’ll be wearing a headset that scans your emotions and brainwaves. This would allow you to control the story and change it based on what you’re feeling and thinking.

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Fast planes capable of reaching any destination in under four hours.

ConcordeSource: http://www.iflscience.com/

The Concorde was an old luxury plane reaching Mach 2 and taking people at fast speeds all over the world. In the future, this will be common place. Every plane will have the ability to get you to your destination in four hours or less, making our world even smaller than it already is. Currently, planes like this are already in development.

 

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Our phones are going to get a lot thinner.

smartphoneSource: https://mic.com

Everyone hates it when they drop their phone, crack the display, or break the whole thing entirely. Pretty soon, most smartphones will be a single thin piece of glass as a computer and display. It’ll be highly durable, flexible, and less likely to break when you drop it.

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Get a medical diagnosis through your smartphone.

medical appSource: http://www.express.co.uk

Currently, if there’s something wrong with a person, then head to the clinic and see a doctor about it. Within our lifetime, however, there will be apps with the ability to diagnose and prescribe medicine for our ailments.

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Artificial skin with the ability to feel will cover up prosthetics.

prostheticsSource: http://time.com/4074873/artificial-skin-prosthetic/

We’ve all seen it in Star Wars. Luke gets his hand cut off, and it’s replaced with an artificial, human-like hand. The 2-1B medical droid checks to see if there’s any feeling, and Luke’s fingers react to the poking. Believe it or not, this science fiction will soon be science fact. Already we have prosthetics with the ability to feel. However, soon we’ll be able to make it look exactly like a human hand.

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Hyper trains traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.

HyperloopSource: http://www.livescience.com

The Hyperloop train was first proposed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It’s essentially a magnetic pod inside an underground tube, shooting passengers at insane speeds to get from one place to the next. For instance, Musk claims it could transport people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in thirty minutes. Because the technology technically is faster, cheaper, and more efficient than current modes of travel, if implemented, it may become commonplace.

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We'll have a much better understanding of dark matter and our universe.

dark matterSource: http://www.space.com

While we know dark matter exists, we still haven’t figured out all of its mysteries yet. However, some believe we’ll more fully understand its secrets within the next ten years. An understanding of dark matter will radically change physics and help us better understand how our universe works.

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There will be human colonies on the moon.

moon colonySource: https://www.sciencealert.com

We’ve been to the moon and found out it’s not that interesting. Why in the world would we want to colonize it? Many scientists believe colonizing the moon will help us in achieving the next step of colonizing Mars. NASA thinks it’s possible to colonize the moon by 2020.

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Some of us may end up existing entirely in a digital environment.

digital brainSource: http://www.bbc.com

Researchers and scientists are currently trying to figure out a way to upload the mind and consciousness to a computer. Some even expect to be able to do it in the next thirty years. Of course, many roadblocks exist, including the lack of technology and our knowledge of how the human mind works. But if achieved, it’s possible some of us could transfer ourselves into a digital world.

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Organs will be grown inside science labs.

biolabSource: http://www.popsci.com

Growing organs is currently in the beginning stages of development and research. Already, scientists have grown a beating, human heart. In the future, it may become commonplace to order a new organ and transplant it into your body, making organ donation a thing of the past.

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Military soldiers will have a suit of armor like in Iron Man.

power armorSource: http://www.cnn.com

While it won’t be exactly like Iron Man from the comics, many soldiers will be given suits of armor similar to Iron Man to better protect them in battle. The suits will also give them extensive capabilities beyond their own strength. Already this program, called TALOS, is underway in the US military.

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Solar power will power pretty much everything.

solar panelsSource: https://arstechnica.com

While coal, oil, and gas are the primary sources of energy in most of the world, solar power is quickly becoming cheaper, slimmer, more powerful, and more efficient than those sources. As the technology advances, it’ll overtake coal, oil, and gas; it’ll become the prominent source of energy in the world.

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Some may use jetpacks as a method of travel.

jetpackSource: http://www.popularmechanics.com

For a long time, jetpacks were a mere dream, stuck in science fiction movies and novels. However, just last year they developed a working jetpack. As the technology develops, it’s likely this will be a source of travel for future generations.

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Our clothes will wash themselves.

nanofiberSource: http://newatlas.com/self-cleaning-clothes/42449/

Not too far from now, we might not have to ever wash our clothes in a washer and dryer again. With nanofiber and self-cleaning technology, our clothes will wash and clean themselves with the power of the sun.

 

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Nanotechnology will cure disease and give humans new abilities.

nanotechnologySource: https://phys.org/news

Nanotechnology is the concept of creating computers at the nano level (one-billionth of a meter). Which means researchers have to create them at an atomic level. By doing this, nanotechnology has the capability of finding cancer cells, treating disease, and acting as internal doctors. It could also become a new layer of protection over our skin and become sensors all over the world to detect if there’s a problem.

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A new generation will be highly intelligent and genetically advanced.

smart babySource: http://time.com

Today, a new gene editing tool called CRISPR has given scientists a faster way to edit the human genome. It’s only a matter of time before doctors will be able to give parents the ability to remove potential problems in a baby’s DNA. It would also give them added benefits as well, making a new generation vastly different than the old one.

 

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