How much time do you spend on the internet? Listening to your iPod? Playing XBOX? If you were to travel 50 years into the past, you’d have to come up with some completely new ways of spending your time because none of those things would be available. Today however, rather than going into the past we’re going to jump to the future. These are 25 futuristic technologies you may live to see.
Artificially Intelligent Personal Assistants
At the rate technology is going pretty soon we won’t have to do anything except breathe and blink…and even that might be a stretch.
Well, not really invisible, but so seamlessly integrated into our clothing, bodies, and lives that George Orwell will be turning somersaults in his grave.
Virtual Animals with Digital Minds
Although emulating a human brain is probably not going to happen anytime soon, scientists believe that something simpler, like a dog brain, isn’t far off.
Mega-scale Geo-Engineering Project
Scientists are currently working on geo-engineering solutions to counteract global warming. One of the biggest projects is called cloud whitening.
Two decades from now, someone from our planet is supposedly going to Mars to set up an Internet connection. This project will pave the way for information sharing between the inhabitants of the two planets.
The First True Anti-Aging Intervention
By the 2030′s, gerontologists are expected to come up with a genetic tweak that could restore one’s youthful beauty.
Autonomous Robots with a License to Kill
The notion that decades from now, autonomous killing machines could potentially invade this world may not be that far fetched. We already have the Aegis Combat System that operates in an autonomous mode.
Lab-Grown Organs and Meat
Biologists are currently figuring out how to generate differentiated tissues out of stem cells. When successful, organ donation will no longer be needed since organs can be grown from people’s own genetic constitutions.
Personal Fabricators in Every Home
The idea behind personal fabricators is for people to produce their own products such as handguns, vaccines, and robots from their own home.
Oceans that can quench the world’s thirst
The development of affordable photovoltaic cells makes possible industrial-scale desalination in the future, which involves the utilization of residual heat to strip ocean water of its salt.
Basically already a reality, the first transitional flying car made by Terrafugia Inc. has recently made its first flight.
Physicist Michio Kaku predicts that by 2050, people will be able to change their world through “Shape Shifting”—a technology which involves rearranging objects with just a few keystrokes.
Alternative to Petrol and Diesel
Fossil fuel is outdated. But sometime in the near future, not only will fossil fuel be outdated, it might just be completely extinct!
Small Devices that Pack a Punch
We’re basically watching the transition happen as mobile phones began to function as, interface with, and control larger machines such as home theater systems and even cars.
Pretty soon people will not only be able to browse, print and talk without the presence of wires, but also recharge.
Aerial Public and Private Transport
We just mentioned flying cars. Well, several companies from the United States have started mapping out routes in the skies above cities and urban areas.
Forget the flying cars. Ok, maybe not so fast. This one might still be a ways off.
Longer Lifespan among Humans
Scientists are already working on the identification of a handful of genes that would extend the lifespan of human beings.
Bringing Back Extinct Animals
The accelerated discovery of new ice age fossils suggests that through sustained genetic research, even animals that have been extinct for billions of years can still be brought back to life. Apparently Jurassic Park wasn’t all that far fetched.
Robots that can perform household chores
Aside from robots that have licenses to kill, and personal assistants doing your homework, robots that are capable of performing household chores are also among the futuristic technologies to look forward decades from now.
A universal translator will make it possible for anybody to speak the language of every nation.
Headjack Learning Technology
The idea is to insert a small metal device through a port into the back of the head and wait until this chip transforms the individual into a hyper-advanced super student who can learn complicated things in just a matter of seconds.
Virtual or Augmented Reality
Science has already taken steps towards the creation of augmented reality, which involves overlaying images on the real world. Think Google glasses.
Apparently Hollywood is onto something. Although not recommended without a prescription, people will one day be able to wipe out their memories whenever they want to, so they can restart with a clean slate and create only memories that are worth keeping.
For better or for worse people will soon be able to pick their kid’s hair color from a drop down menu.