With the development of technology, we begin to notice how the world around us responds and begins to change with this development. Despite the fact that many technologies in this list are already beginning to be slowly applied, some still remain only in their embryonic state. We are on the verge of a new technological era in the history of mankind, and although it’s still a long way from the future shown in science fiction films, many of the technologies on this list are even more futuristic than we could ever imagine.
Thanks to the special chemical processing of conventional cork and its further epoxy resin coating, the scientists created a clean, biodegradable material that turned out to be 4-6 times stronger than their counterparts without chemical treatment.
There is even an opinion that this material can once be used as a renewable source for the production of solar panel cells, since the transparent material only partially blocks the light, passing through about 85-90 percent of the volume. It is possible that such materials will be used in the construction of houses of the future.
I think, among our readers, many watched the animated series “Futurama” and remember the special pipes through which the townspeople move. So, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is working on a similar idea that it wants to bring to life. For the first time, the concept of Hyperloop was proposed in 2013 by Elon Musk. It is a transportation system between cities in closed vacuum tubes. Passengers, being in special capsules, will be able to travel from one city to another at a speed of about 1,300 kilometers per hour. Faster than the speed of sound, it should be noted.
Digital screens and various promotional offers promise to make super-fast transportation not only enjoyable, but also entertaining. The HTT states that the Hyperloop system will be much more efficient and cost effective than any other currently used transit system. At the moment, technology is undergoing the first tests. But the potential of Hyperloop was noticed even in Russia.
According to some forecasts, by 2050 more than 80 percent of the world’s population will live inside urban centers, so for many countries, the main problem will be to solve the issue of food production. Vertical (tower) farms are already finding a solution for many island regions.
Using the scheme of vertical cultivation of food crops is able to very effectively solve the problem of free space, which is especially important if we take into account that the value of land is becoming more expensive every year. In addition, the design features of such farms allows the use of water is much more economical. Gravity does its job, and in one irrigation you can cover the entire area of the farm, saving both water and energy. It really is a very clean and economical solution for the production of fresh produce.
Despite the fact that this technology has been with us for several years, 3D printing continues to find new applications for itself. As technology becomes cheaper and more affordable for the masses, 3D printing devices are slowly becoming an integral part of modern society. Medicine, space, design, transport spheres – all one way or another, they are beginning to use this technology more often and receive significant benefits from it.
Whether it is bioprinting products for medical purposes or printing materials and various mechanical parts used, for example, in engines or in new space developments, the future is 3D printing. It will take quite a bit of time before the people themselves will be able to create their own houses, bicycles and even cars.
Strong, flexible, smart … glass? Yes, we, perhaps without even noticing it, are entering the “era of glass”. With the ability to become transparent and opaque, remain durable and unbreakable, and even behave like a touchpad, a new type of glass can change our homes and workplaces beyond recognition.
The walls in such houses, if desired, will be able to behave like windows, controlling the amount of transmitted ultraviolet radiation, heat, and making our homes and vehicles much more energy efficient. Just imagine that each surface of your house will be able to transform from wall to window, and from window to screen of a TV simply by the movement of your hand. Such technologies really beckon.
Design houses. Video games. Space exploration. Building new worlds. And all this in three-dimensional space. This is exactly the future that holographic technologies promise us. Able to complement our physical world with the digital, this technology has enormous potential in almost all areas known to us.
Drawing in the air, walking on the surface of Mars, looking into the mouth of a volcano and the center of the Earth – holograms can send us where even magic, not only science, is not capable. The possibilities will be virtually endless and directly depend only on our imagination. Who knows what more people can create using this technology.
Home robots and drones:
With the active development of robotics, we are increasingly meeting with the advent of more user-friendly home robots. The current boom of commercial drones is just the beginning. Soon, much smarter and more comfortable cars will appear on the market.
Whether it will be something like an ASIMO robot from Honda, designed to help and communicate with people, or is it about machines that will replace people in certain employment positions (for example, waiters, reception workers), one thing is clear: the development of robotics is not will stop. Relatively soon, in addition to TVs, computers, washing machines and microwaves, a small army of robot assistants will become an integral part of almost every home on the planet.
Augmentation of people:
Bionics is changing the face of humanity. In the literal sense. The more we become addicted to machines, the faster we get closer to the time when our capabilities will be an order of magnitude higher and wider than those we have today.
Implanting video cameras in the eyes, improving the ability to jump higher and run faster, or even controlling electronic devices with the power of our mind – the border between the machine and the person is slowly but surely becoming increasingly blurred. Thanks to new abilities, we, most likely, can even feel and get a completely unfamiliar experience for us. Maybe we can “hear” the colors or “feel” the electric fields or even upload new information to our brain, like the movie “The Matrix”.
Real artificial intelligence:
For a long time, the media promise us a future in which we will be able to communicate with cybernetic partners able to understand our teams and requests, emotions and even humor. However, in this world this dream is still a dream.
And yet, relatively soon, things can change, as engineers are working hard to create a program that truly will be able to understand human emotions and expressions. Thanks to advanced advances in facial recognition technology, some existing AI programs are already able to understand when you are angry or sad, and some are even able to describe the events
All these are the first steps to creating robots that will be given the opportunity to recognize and describe the world around them, and then share their experience with us. It is by following this idea that scientists hope that one day they will be able to share this world with emotionally adult and sensible machines.
Starting from water purification from pollutants and ending with the creation of biodegradable plastics (well, nanovolts and nanobolts, wherever without them) – nanotechnologies promise us for the next century a world we could not even imagine before.
With dimensions of only a few nanometers, the incredibly tiny machines will soon take up the study of human DNA and allow us to fundamentally change the behavioral properties of various materials, allowing us to endow them with incredible strength or brittleness depending on the goals and objectives.
These machines will be so tiny that the power to work will be derived from the simple rhythm of your heart or the chemical energy contained in our cells. With the help of nanotechnology, we will be able to fully observe and develop drugs for such illnesses as Alzheimer’s disease, or cancer, to create more efficient energy carriers, materials of amazing properties, practically eternal or destroyed only by the action of certain light waves.