Life in the future: Technological advancements that will alter our way of life

(News Hustler) – Technology has the ability to do many things, including transforming the world.

We are fortunate to live in a period where science and technology can help us, make our lives easier, and force us to reconsider how we go about our daily lives.

The technology we’re already familiar with has prepared the road for us to develop even more, and this list of present and future technologies has the potential to drastically alter our lives.

Here’s a list of technologies that will “likely” improve our lives for the better in the next decade and beyond:

Tourism in Space

We can fly to almost any place on the planet with ease, but what if we could all see the earth from space one day?

Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and even Amazon’s Blue Origin are working to make it a reality, offering us a (very costly) seat on a spaceship that will carry us into orbit. Passengers on Amazon’s New Shepard space shuttle will be transported 100 kilometres above sea level before parachuteing back to Earth.

Other worlds are being colonised.

We’ve been inflicting havoc on the world for a long time, and the planet can only take so much of our destructive nature.

We will outgrow it if we do not destroy it. There are plans in the works to colonise other planets, and Mars will almost certainly be the first stop.

With technological advancements, this futuristic vision is soon becoming scientific fact rather than science fiction.

In space and in the workplace, robots

NASA has already launched robots of various sizes and forms into orbit. This makes sense as technology advances. Robots don’t need to worry about running out of oxygen or food, and they can be loaded with sensors to convey data back to Earth.

In the office, the same is true. To save people the bother and risk, robots can take on the more difficult, risky, and boring jobs. They can also theoretically work faster, more efficiently, and with fewer errors.

Automobiles that are electric or self-driving

Electric vehicles aren’t new; they’ve been on our roads for a while and are only getting better.

Car batteries are lasting longer, charging station infrastructure is expanding, and self-driving technology is receiving significant funding, implying that it will arrive sooner than you think.

Tesla currently has a complicated Autopilot option that can take over some driving functions, but automakers aspire to one day make driving totally hands-free.

Cars that can fly

It’s not unrealistic to believe that when there’s no more room on the roads, we’ll take to the skies. There are currently a slew of intriguing flying car designs on the market, demonstrating that this future is a viable possibility.

If not flying automobiles, we may all have alternative modes of personal transportation – jetpacks, for example, have long been a favourite pursuit of innovators and thrill-seekers.

Butlers who are robots

Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work It’s tedious and, regrettably, necessary. But what if robots might assist you in escaping your misery? With robot vacuum cleaners and smart household products, we’ve already seen the beginnings. Larger, more useful robots are also on the rise.

We might easily be living in a future where useful robots such as butlers, chefs, and general dogsbodies assist us around the house.

Real-life robots that make you believe the future has arrived.

Roads that cross rivers

Space is limited and rapidly depleting, particularly in densely populated urban areas.

This design depicts a future in which roadways and living areas have been relocated to the water’s edge. Traveling across oceans in this manner may not be unthinkable once self-driving vehicles can handle all the labour and are fast enough.

Technology for solar panels

Solar panels are another technology that has been around for a while, but its potential for the future is enormous.

Not only may they now be buried in your roof tiles due to Tesla Solar Roof tiles, but some businesses are working on ways to integrate them into car roofs, where they will be able to power in-car technology or extend the life of the battery.

Trains that are extremely quick

Hyperloop, another startup supported by Elon Musk, is a high-speed underground transportation system that is currently being built and tested in the United States. The first planned route will connect Los Angeles with San Francisco. Another option is to go from New York to Washington, D.C. in 29 minutes rather than the current 2 hours 56 minutes.

Hyper-fast trains that travel underground and underwater have the potential to transform not just public transportation but also international travel. Imagine being able to travel between countries in the same amount of time it takes to travel between cities.

Working in Virtual Reality

AR, or Augmented Reality, has a lot of potential. It’s been around for a while in the form of various apps that can overlay information around you, and it differs from virtual reality in that it overlays information rather than immersing you in it.

In the workplace, companies are experimenting with augmented reality and virtual reality equipment. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as visual representations of blueprints, virtual scale models of items in development, and even basic things like virtual team meetings.

Computing based on gestures

Although Minority Report popularised the concept, gesture-based computing has been around for a long time. It’s also already showing up in a variety of technologies, and for most people, it’s virtually second nature.

How many gestures do we use on our smartphones, tablets, and other smart gadgets on a daily basis? It’s plausible to imagine a future in which we no longer utilise a mouse and keyboard to manage data in a virtual realm, instead relying on voice and action.

Screens that can be worn

We may be thinking about foldable phones and screens right now, but the future may well be screenless.

There are many touch-capable projector-like gadgets on the market that can project useful screens onto your skin, clothing, or other surfaces. Smartphone technology in the future may not even require a device in your pocket, but rather something you wear or have implanted.

Lorries without drivers

Self-driving vehicles are one thing, but the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) wants driverless lorries on UK roads soon.

The concept is to drive in convoy with up to three lorries, with the lead vehicle directing the acceleration and braking of the two vehicles behind it. While the “slave” lorries would still need a “driver” to steer them, they would be able to travel far closer together than humans, lowering fuel costs and pollutants.

We’ll soon be living in a world where our deliveries and freight are delivered by computer-assisted transportation. More productive and always on schedule.

Food that has been 3D printed

We aren’t quite at the point where we have Star Trek replicators and can conjure up anything we want out of thin air. However, 3D printing technology is rapidly improving, and companies are already experimenting with food printing.

Is your refrigerator running low on supplies? It won’t be an issue for you in the future; simply print some cakes, vegetables, or even a pizza. Here, we’re dreaming big.

3D printing is also gaining popularity in other fields. It still has a lot of potential to impact our lives in the coming years, whether it’s making aeroplane and vehicle parts, hip replacements, or board game pieces. The materials used in printing are also evolving, with graphene now being employed, which is “lighter as air” yet 10 times stronger than steel.

Refrigerators that place orders for you

If 3D printed food seems far-fetched, consider a refrigerator that detects when you’re out of something and orders it for you. This technology already exists and is improving year after year.

It will eventually become so widespread that every home will have one, and you will no longer need to go to the supermarket.

Brushes with sensors that provide data to your dentist

We currently have intelligent toothbrushes that monitor your brushing technique to ensure that you’re brushing thoroughly each time.

But what if your toothbrush could communicate that information to your dentist, eliminating the need for them to inquire if you floss every day? Using sensors to monitor your dental health by scanning for cavities or plaque build-up is another option.

Mirrors with sensors that monitor your health

Each morning, a brief peek in the mirror offers you a visual indication of how you’re feeling and projecting yourself to the outside world.

Consider a future in which smart mirrors scan you and alert you to potential health issues, vitamin deficiencies, or early warning indications of underlying problems. Knowing ahead of time what these symptoms will be will help you prepare.

A toilet that examines your waste

Toilets that are connected to the internet aren’t a new concept. The Japanese are known for their fantastic toilets, which have heated seats in the back, built-in bidets, and much more. The toilet of the future may go one step further by analysing your excrement for signs of sickness.

Consider how useful a device like this could be in detecting early indicators of bowel cancer before it becomes a serious problem. It may also indicate nutritional concerns or inadequacies that need to be addressed in order to improve your health.

5G internet access

5G is rapidly becoming a reality, and it may deliver download rates that are quicker than conventional connections everywhere you are.

Fast connection speeds without overcrowding, as you might expect, will open up a world of possibilities for “connected devices,” including everything from home appliances to autos and things we haven’t even imagined yet.

Exoskeleton

The military already uses robotic exoskeletons to provide soldiers more strength and ability, making their jobs simpler, but they might also help disabled individuals, particularly those who are unable to walk or use their arms, get around more readily.

Prosthetic and robotic limbs are now a reality, and they’re proving to be extremely useful, but having a fully robotic body would provide many people throughout the world a whole new level of independence.

Re-engineering and recycling

Because new technology is always being developed, landfills are frequently brimming with old and obsolete equipment. To reduce waste and save the globe, the human race will have to develop new ways to recycle, reuse, and re-engineer obsolete technologies in the future.

People are already inventing new ways to repurpose obsolete technology, such as turning discarded plastic into material for tiling roads and pavements.

Farms in the sky

Living space is shrinking as the world’s population grows, not only for humans but also for the animals and plants we rely on.

It’s realistic to believe that in the future, technology will be created to allow for farms in unexpected locations. The idea of high-rise farms in the centre of a city isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility.

Meats produced in a laboratory

While cows on tower blocks may seem a little out there, lab-grown beef is a real thing that’s already in the works. If scientists can create a low-cost method of growing edible meat in the lab, it will forever revolutionise the way we live and eat.

This move not only reduces the environmental damage caused by meat farming, but it also provides an ethical alternative to meat eating that many people could appreciate.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed cultured meat with a structure that is comparable to actual muscle and thus more lifelike. This means that instead of mince, scientists may be able to generate steak-like meats. As a result, lab-grown meat may be more convincing, and people may be more willing to consume it.

AI stands for Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is all around us. It can be found in machines, robots, and even our phones.

Voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant demonstrate how far AI has progressed, but it could potentially be used in robot slaves. Let’s hope they don’t take over the entire planet!

Soldiers who are robots

Boston Dynamics is continually working on machines intended at aiding or taking an active role in the military, which is a running theme for the future tech on our list.

It’s absolutely realistic to picture a future in which robots, rather than men and women, are dispatched to fight our fights. These disposable machines are more likely to complete tasks without worry of harm, PTSD, or the need for follow-up care if they are injured.

Nanobots that monitor your well-being

Our health is being monitored and cared for using other robotic technology. Nanobots, which are minuscule robots, may hypothetically be used to check and monitor our insides for health problems.

They could also be utilised to repair damaged organs or perform complex and delicate medical procedures without the use of invasive traditional surgery. This could result in less time in the hospital, quicker recovery, and fewer scars.

Metal 3D printed

In the previous few years, 3D printing has advanced significantly. Researchers have recently produced 3D printed items from metal and stainless steel thanks to technological breakthroughs. Some of these procedures even produce parts that are stronger and more durable than those produced traditionally.

As if that wasn’t enough, one company even started making 3D metal printers for less than $100,000 in 2017. Another business created larger 3D printers that could generate materials 100 times faster than traditional methods. It appears that 3D printing is the way of the future.

Gaming in the cloud without the use of machines

Streaming movies and music is commonplace these days. It won’t be long until we’re doing the same thing with video games. Imagine paying for a service that allows you to broadcast high-end, modern games to your TV without having to purchase a console or computer.

Faster broadband, better game technologies, and more stable infrastructure could make this a reality in the not-too-distant future.

Li-Fi

Li-Fi has been tested for a few years and has the potential to provide incredibly fast data transfer speeds. Instead of using radio waves, Li-Fi uses light to transport data. This technology has the potential to carry data at significantly greater speeds while also being less susceptible to interference.

The visible light spectrum is 10,000 times broader than the radio spectrum, which means there’s a lot more bandwidth available. It’s also expected that if Li-Fi takes off, it will be much less expensive than Wi-Fi.

Personal ambiance

In a society where we’re presently socially separating ourselves by wearing masks in public, it’s hardly a stretch to imagine that we’ll all be doing the same thing with tech-rich breathing apparatus one day.

Air Ring has already produced an air-purifying mask that cleans the air while also eliminating viruses and pathogens.
That type of technology is likely to become significantly more ubiquitous in the future.

Max Langridge and Adrian Willings collaborated on the writing. This article was first published on August 25, 2017.

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