The future of technology has endless possibilities. Just a few years ago, who would have thought we’d all have computers that could fit into our pockets? What seems impossible is quickly becoming reality. Just wonder what could be in store for us in the near future, say 10 years from now?
A popular topic today is how to preserve our resources and save our planet. Even in advertisements they are using the whole “going green” topic to sell their products. But what does the future hold for saving our resources and going green? Some people believe gasoline-fueled cars will soon be the thing of the past. It is expected that there will be more charge points for electric cars installed at hospitals, railway stations and urban locations. (http://evnewsreport.com/hundreds-of-new-chargepoints-for-electric-cars-source-uk-department-for-transport/8565/). Of course, there are barriers to overcome if electric cars are to take over. Electric cars can take a long time to charge, which can be a drawback for long trips. However, the UK Government continues to put considerable effort and financial assistance into promoting electrically powered vehicles as viable alternatives to traditionally fuelled transport. It is just one step to saving our planet, but each step counts.
Sustained orbital space station
In continuing with the “our world is falling apart” theme, there are some people who believe our planet is doomed. A sustained orbital space station seems to be one solution to keeping our species alive. Of course, a full out community upon a sustained orbital space station does not seem to be a realistic idea within ten years. However, we may see people researching the idea. Stephen Hawking himself said “And with several space stations already in orbit, it’s not inconceivable that an ambitious sort will attempt to tackle something much more sustainable and long term.”
The sustained orbital space station idea was the set-up for the movie “Elysium” (2013)
Embedded cell phones
Another unbelievable trend that may become reality is embedding our cell phones into our skin. It’s not really that far-fetched. There are already pacemakers embedded in people’s skin. This type of technology could help people with medical implants by allowing them to interact with them directly, getting rid of the need for regular check-ups and possibly surgery. A California-based software company, named Autodesk, is looking into how traditional user interfaces could also work in the human body. Christian Holz, a researcher at Autodesk, had said, ‘We discovered that traditional interactive components can work through skin and the metrics collected from this study can inform the future design of interactive implants.’ The researchers used artificial skin made from silicon to test the technology. They also tested touch sensors, speakers, LED’s, and vibration motors by embedding them under the skin of a cadaver’s arm.
With research already underway, it doesn’t seem too impossible for this type of technology to rise up in the next decade. Whether or not people like the idea of having computers embedded in their bodies, it may just become an option.
Using nanotechnology, researchers are exploring the concept of “Morph Nano Phones.” Nanotechnology is defined as “the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale”. These future phones would be flexible and stretchable. They would allow the users to morph their phones into different sizes and shapes. I highly suggest watching this video, which goes further in explaining the functionality that nanotechnology might be capable of delivering:
Today, we already seem to have endless ways to communicate. The future certainly has more in store for us. One possibility could be Holograms. Holographic projection into thin air is not yet possible, but realistic 3D projections can be made that can be viewed from any angle. If looked at through a glass they look realistic enough to be called holograms. Some examples of the applications that could be available by 2020 are Holographic Televisions and holographic computing. Here’s a short video explaining the way holograms work, and the many future possibilities they present.