There is little doubt that advances in science and technology will have a major effect on housing, transport, work, shopping and our diet. A recent study was put together by Vodafone and YouGov. They surveyed nearly 13,000 adults in 14 countries about their perception of the future. The results revealed that people of all ages think that technological innovation will have the most positive influence on the future over the next 20 years. Below are several examples of how new tchnology innovations could dramatically change our world.
In 20 years, humanity may have access to 100 terawatts of energy, five times the amount produced today (17.5 terawatts). This will be made possible through better capture, storage and deployment of renewable energy (e.g. solar will go beyond rooftops to be built invisibly into windows, walls and even some highways.)
Large-scale water capture projects, ranging from innovative precipitation harvesting techniques through to groundwater replenishment and improved desalination, could enable every person to access plentiful clean water including the 1.2 billion people already impacted by water scarcity.
By 2021, super-fast mass automated transport, such as hyperloops and intercity trains, will make mobility a pleasure and create more choices of places to live, work and play.
Medicine and Healthcare
Tailored medical advice and new treatments such as 3D printed organs (available by the early 2020s) will take account of our lifestyles, physiology and genes, leading to lower costs, reduce waiting times and may even end the need for donor lists.
Cities will be cleaner, healthier places to live and will include new technology like 3D printed buildings and even 4D furniture that can reconfigure itself to fit the changing needs of your home.
Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will become the ultimate PA, anticipating our needs and allowing us to spend less time doing menial tasks. They will even protect our time, monitor our health and keep us safe.
Internet of Things
More everyday objects will incorporate sensor technology connected to the internet, allowing companies, homes and everything in between to operate smartly. For example, by 2050 the agricultural internet of things could help us to feed 9.6 billion people by potentially increasing food production by 70%.
Education and entertainment will become more immersive using virtual, augmented and mixed-reality technologies. This hyper-realistic experience will let you not only seem but also smell and touch your way through events, exotic destinations and even to learn about history by stepping into a simulation based in the past.
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