Technology is advancing at a significant rate, with the developments of even past five years in terms of smartphones, fibre optic Internet, and transportation representing strides forward from the previous ten years. However, how far can technology go? What are some of the future forms of technology that may be a reality, if not in our lifetimes, but within subsequent generations? While it’s always difficult to make these kind of predictions, there are some areas that can be speculated on, from communications to medicine, travel, the environment, and robotics, and how they might deliver results in the future.
It’s likely that mobile phone technology and the Internet will become increasingly wireless and driven by human and artificial integration. In this context, phones could progress from being wearable (the expected trend of the next few years), through to being used through an inbuilt chip that provides virtual displays.
The same technology could then be integrated with the Internet for constant access through the use of nano technology and chips. All entertainment could be sent through these connections, while 3D and virtual reality technologies could eventually become commonplace for watching content.
The hope is that future technology will be able to use genetic and DNA therapy to provide treatments to cancer and other chronic illnesses and viruses. The theoretical ability to use DNA sequencing to identify health problems far in advance of them spreading, and developing drugs that can significantly lower the chances of disease, are also possible. Similarly, medicine is likely to become increasingly personalised, whereby people are able to take and send their own blood samples.
The future of travel will be arguably limited by both the rate of virtual travel, and the theoretical possibility of hypersonic planes, and travelling faster than the speed of light. Realistic virtual tourism may become the way for people to avoid pollution charge and overcrowding. Space travel should also, theoretically, advance to the point of commercial transportation, or via space elevators. Vehicles may also become frictionless, and fully automated in terms of navigation. Time travel remains the great technology of the future, albeit one that will have to overcome some large theoretical barriers to actually work.
Future technologies could help to ease environmental problems through weather controlling and filtration systems that can reduce the damage of CO2 emissions. Other potential technologies could terraform other planets for habitation, while being able to treat and restore damaged areas of the Ozone layer. The more general development of molecular and clean transportation solutions could also reduce the harmful effects of travel, while new technologies could result in all bio-degradable packaging.
The future of robotics will be tied to funding, and the ability to successfully reproduce human actions and thought within artificial beings. Robots are already being used to dispose of bombs, and to help in crisis situations. Future robotic technologies could be used in law enforcement, safe transportation, and healthcare. Implants and cybernetic technologies could similarly help to provide fully functional limb and organ replacements.
Author Bio: Liam Ohm is a regular blogger in the technology world with a passion for future technologies. He highly recommends education supplies from Rapid Online for the latest range of electronic products.