Future Technology Predictions and Scenarios

How far will technology advance in 20, 30, even 50 years from now? How will it affect our lives? Here are some technologies and scenarios predicted by science fiction writers, futurists, technology experts, me and you.

 

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Future technology predictions infographic

Artificial Intelligence

  • Intelligent machines

  • The Singularity

  • Computers that predict the future

  • Original music from software/machines

  • Computer mediators that resolve legal disputes

  • Machines/robots given rights

  • Planet sized A.I. machine

  • I-bots, or AIs that exist only on the Internet

  • Artificial animal intelligence

  • Artificial Intelligence used as classroom assistants

  • Ai sports (robots playing football)

Biotech/medicine

  • Extended/eternal life

  • Synthetic life

  • Repairing/manipulating DNA

  • Organ replacement

  • Growing organs

  • Designer babies

  • Designer bodies

  • Personalized drugs

  • Gene therapy/manipulation

  • Biostasis - Cryogenic sleep

  • Human cloning

  • Virtual/robot medicine

  • Instant pain relief

  • Bionic implants to allow for extreme strength

  • Morphing of the human body

  • Age reversal

  • Creation of organisms

  • Synthetic organs

  • Enhanced senses

  • Alteration of our bodies in superhuman ways

  • Bionic limbs

  • Never have to sleep or eat

  • Use genes of other animals to implant in humans

  • Artificial immune system

  • Computer generated life - design a tree, generate a seed

  • Creation of new animal and plant species by genetic manipulation

  • Human/animal waste elimination

  • Gene manipulation to change eye and hair color at the salon

  • Cloning of extinct species

  • A capsule that can be swallowed which will cure most diseases

  • Instant hair color changer

  • Cloning machines

  • Genetically altered humans that can photosynthesize

  • A new sense discovered, example eyes see a new type of wave, ears hear a type of wave.....another useful sense for humans

  • Food as designer medicine

Brain

  • Download your memories/brain

  • Complete digital record of your life

  • Mind/emotion control devices

  • Dream control devices

  • Brain enhancement implants - memory, telepathy

  • Transfer of information into the visual cortex or subconscious mind

  • Artificial telekenesis - an implant to alter physical things with your mind.

  • Brain Transplants

  • Tapping into unused parts of the brain

  • Download training experience, e.g., someone could be able to fly a jet or guide a submarine

  • Memory/personality manipulation

  • Increasingly bulging and Grays-shaped heads

Chemistry

  • Replication and/or transformation of one chemical element to another

  • Super lubricant

  • Artificial spider silk

  • Matter Reformation. (trash into food or plastic)

  • Catoms, or claytronic atoms. Programmable matter

City

  • Megacities/entire world is one city

  • Moving/floating/underwater cities

  • Underground cities

  • Cities/houses could be one huge organism which can repair itself

  • Self-constructing buildings

  • Anti-seismic buildings

  • Vertical (skyscraper) farms

  • Interactive Tourism

Information

  • Instant information

  • Virtual presence

  • Wireless everything

  • One small mobile device does everything

  • Virtual reality

  • Internet-connection implant

  • All media (movies, tv shows, etc.) on-demand

  • Holographic messages

  • Language translator implants

  • Telepathy

  • Phone implant

  • Cyberspace telekinesis

Computers

  • Computers equivalent to the human brain

  • Nanoscale computers everywhere

  • Optical computers

  • DNA computers

  • Quantum computers

  • Global network

  • Computers that animals can use

  • Self editing software

  • Faster than Light or Instant Data transfer

  • Laptops built in desks

  • Computers that never crash, are impervious to all viruses, never a need to reboot

  • Mind-reading Computers (Computers able to Communicate w/Humans via Thoughts)

  • Holographic touch screen computers

  • A computer that can turn into the size of a small sticky note

Earth

  • Weather control

  • Abundant food and water supply from technology

  • Eco-manipulation (deserts into forests)

  • Man-made precious materials like gold

  • Mining of Earth's mantle

  • Recycling everything

  • Water shortages

  • Technology is developed to help nature

  • Ability to instantly purify water so all water is drinkable

  • Efficient carbon dioxide into oxygen

  • Replicate (man-made) planet Earth

  • Global Warming Stabilizer

  • Pollution clean up machines

  • Artificial oxygen and ozone layer

  • Water shortages

Electronics

  • Printable/paintable/flexible/see-through electronics, screens, touch panels, solar panels

  • Invisible video/sensor surveillance

  • Holograms

  • Holographic tv on your wrist

  • Voice/brain command over computers and appliances

  • Contact lens displays/computers

  • Glasses that can see different wavelengths

  • Devices controlled by eyes (wheelchairs, computers, etc)

  • Nuclear/Fusion powered devices

  • Holodecks

  • Intelligent jewelry, e.g., wristwatches that monitor blood pressure and pulse, necklace that measures brain activity.

  • Energy force fields

  • Room temperature superconductors

  • Scanners to ring up everything in a basket at once

  • Three dimensional television without need for cumbersome glasses

  • Wireless internet access points will be embedded in everyday objects (Iot)

  • Small remote projects a virtual touch screen

  • Holographic mobile phone

  • Powered suits that multiply human capabilities (Ironman type)

  • Voice texting

  • Ultra High Definition TV

  • 3D Printing

  • RFID/GPS Can Track Anything

Energy

  • Eco-friendly fuel

  • Unlimited renewable energy

  • Wireless energy

  • Alternative nuclear energy

  • Eco-friendly electricity

  • Generating electricity from biomass

  • Free energy

  • Hyperexcited plasma. This type of plasma could be used to phase through solid objects It may also be used to provide the ability of flight.

  • Solar mutualism. Directly taking plasma from the sun and using it to power devices

  • Using liquid metallic hydrogen, and eventually liquid metal anything, for experiments in energy

  • Resonance power

Food and Agriculture

  • Ice cream/chocolate that does not melt

  • Genetically modified beans could propel all of our power stations and cars and also heat our homes cheaply

  • Algea superfood that is easy to produce and is omnipotently healthy. Humans can survive on this and nothing else for extended periods of time

Home

  • Printable/self constructing homes and buildings

  • Eternal beer fountain (Uncle Walt's prediction)

  • Smart homes

  • Self washing, drying, and folding clothes

  • intelligent/adaptable fabrics and clothing

  • Personalized ergonomics

  • Ultrasonic showers

  • Replicators

  • Hanging house

  • Pets that live forever

  • All surfaces are disinfecting and cleansing

  • Walls, ceilings, (all other room surfaces) are digital screens. Can turn room into any environment with sounds and smells

  • Soundproof rooms. Soundproof energy fields that you can walk through

  • Self-cleaning tabletop and dishes

  • Design your clothes in your computer the morning before wearing it

  • Device that cleans your mouth from sugar/cavities/smoking in seconds

  • Walls that talk

  • Clothes can change design to suit mood or occasion

Nanotechnology

  • Manipulate matter at the atomic scale

  • Custom molecules

  • Intelligent/adaptable materials

  • Self replicating machines

  • Nanoswarms/grey goo

  • Desktop nano-factories build anything

  • Frictionless surfaces

Physics

  • Artificial black holes

  • Artificial worm holes

  • Traveling faster than light

  • Invisibility cloaks

  • Zero-point energy

  • Ability to alter space and time

  • Time machine

  • Portals to other universes/dimensions

  • Super strength magnets

  • Ultraterrestialism. The ability to exist in multiple universes/dimensions at one time

Robotics

  • Personal/care giving/cleaning robots

  • Nanobots

  • Robots perform majority of labor jobs

  • Robot partners (wife/husband)

  • Exoskeletons

  • Sentient robots

  • Robotic prosthetics

  • Robots controlled remotely with mind link

  • Security robots

  • Robots with a genetic code

  • Robotic cashiers/tellers

  • Robot musicians

  • Robot pets

  • Robot spies

  • Robotic flying insects

  • Rescue robots

  • Robot haircuts

Society

  • Digital money

  • Language translators

  • Anti-technology groups

  • Transhumanism (humans merge with machines)

  • Identification/credit card implant

  • Cashless society

  • Paperless society

  • Personalized advertising

  • Compatibility testers

  • Mental entertainment

  • Bio-identification

  • People can encode themselves and live in a computer's memory/program (matrix)

  • Total elimination of warfare and its causation

  • Unemployment rates sky high due to robots replacing people in the workforce

  • World peace

  • Insight into the post-death experienc

  • Everyone does what they want but only in dreams

  • New sports

  • Everyone is connected

  • People will work to enhance their mental skills (to increase their IQ and EQ levels) in place of working for money

  • Celebrity scientist teams

  • World destruction by humans or technology

  • Instead of working for money, people do what interests them

  • Using technology to become a real life super-hero or super-villain

  • Futuro-Collectivism

  • One race eventually

  • Video tattoos

Space

  • Space elevator

  • Alien contact

  • Colonizing space

  • Planetary/terra formation (creating planets)

  • Orbital stations

  • Solar sails

  • Mining of the moon/planets/asteroids

  • Starships

  • Life on Mars

  • Control the rotation of the planets

  • Travel to other galaxies

  • Black hole generator

  • Space tourism

  • Alien invasion

  • Interplanetary trade

  • Duplicate planet Earth

  • Creating man-made suns

  • Rail-gun

  • Shipless Space Travel

  • Human alienism, or advanced humans visiting a primitive alien planet

  • Galactic alliances

  • Using genetic manipulation to enable humans to live on alien planets

  • Universe creation/destruction

  • Orbital Colonization

Transportation

  • Self-driving cars on smart-highways

  • Flying cars

  • Anti-gravity devices

  • Teleportation

  • Time machine

  • Inertia dampeners, anti acceleration or anti breaking devices

  • Ion or electromagnetic propulsion

  • Flying boots

  • Boots with turbo and wheels

  • Underground highways

  • Unmanned cargo ships

  • Transforming transportation, cars that fly, planes that swim, boats that go on land

  • Warp speed (traveling faster than light)

  • Use clothes to fly. Clothes fly to laundry.

  • Vehicles respond to environment (car lights automatically dim when another car's lights approach)

  • Plasma Engines

  • Satellite controlled cars

  • Electric cars that do not need recharging

  • Solar powered cars

  • Transporter

  • Submarines will be equipped with air recycling technology that will allow them to stay under water for longer periods of time

  • Vehicles move along an internet signal

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