Technologies of tomorrow
(Technology 3D print car via Pixabay)
When it comes to new technology, I often find myself asking whether or not it is really necessary. The need for convenience in a fast-paced world seems to have overtaken any hopes of basic and essential living. That being said, science and technology is now reaching peaks previously reserved for fiction. When you consider sci-fi inspired inventions such as the automatic doors (originating from Star Trek and were pulled apart by stage-hands) are now a regular occurence in first-world living, one must assume that the norms of the next generation will be even more advanced and mind-boggling. Here are three technologies to expect in the coming decades and the benefits that each could bring to modern life.
3D Printed Car: in recent years 3D printing has been taking the medical world by storm, creating life-like, cheap and customisable prosthesis for amputees around the world. The versatility of printing items in this way lends itself to commercial ventures such as jewellery, homeware and, very soon, cars. By 2024, it is estimated that the first 3D printed car will be on the global market. The most exciting part of this development is that once the templates and technology has been tested to the point of maximum efficiency purchasing a car might be a much cheaper prospect than it currently is. Next year, the first 3D printed car will be on the roads of Beijing with prices starting from £7100, cheap considering its modernity and the price of new cars.
Mobile Implants: if you’ve ever had that sinking feeling when sinking your hand into your pocket and feeling nothing, then frantically turning the room upside down looking for your phone then this might be right up your street. By 2025, the first implanted mobile phones will be available. Given that they will be installed within your body, the risk of losing your phone is almost completely eradicated. A small, 3D printed device would be installed in a person’s head and would allow them to call, message and download information as a normal phone. Already, there are small implants that act as a payment method in Sweden, and the implanted mobile is just the beginning. The next step, scientists have predicted, would be to have implants that can monitor and detect problems within the body, catching illnesses much earlier than in previous years and extending life expectancy.
Omnipresent Personal Assistant: though not quite as god-like as the sub-title lets on, by 2035 artificial intelligence is set to be so advanced that holographic avatars could be projected and act as personal assistants or even just to provide company (if you bare in mind the growing market of life-like robotic dolls). This might be a two-pronged sword as many secretarial and administrative roles might very well seize to exist. I imagine call centres filled with these holographic avatars, that - unlike automated computers - will actually be more intelligent than humans. These could be invaluable for everyday life, it would be like having a best friend that is constantly reminding you about appointments, doing things for you and even predicting your needs in advanced.