Humans have come a very long way on the road of development, innovation and technology. From stone-made fires, to artificial intelligence and breathtaking robotics, the history of our existence has been completely reshaped by the boundaries of our imagination. A couple thousand years ago, no one would have imagined a reality where communication happened as seamlessly as snapping ones fingers, or even imagined that humans could explore the possibility of life on another planet, but hey! look at us now! However, as we have come to realize as a species, our minds are never satiated with breakthroughs, no matter how substantial; our curiosities always push us to do more, be more and create more. For this reason, we have put together this mini-article giving a snippet of some of the most exciting technologies and innovations that may grace the human landscape in the coming years. Technologies that could totally redefine the limits of what is possible.
“Up there, in the sky. Is that a car? Is that a plane? Oh wait! It’s both!”. As the population of the world gets ever larger and the transition to the middle class grows, the ever increasing need to get from place to place via road transport will lead to an accumulation of vehicles on the roads, ultimately translating to congestion. The skies, however, are one space that sees vast potential in the grand scheme of transport. The future could see vast developments in flying car technology where cars act as mini-hybrids; a kind of cross between a minuscule plane and a road-running car, thus bridging the gap between air and land travel, and who knows, perhaps this flying car technology could also be extended to include some form of underwater transport!
Have you ever imagined yourself as the superhero that swoops in and saves the world from danger? With augmented reality, you can. Augmented reality modifies the real environment by applying computer-generated objects. It essentially expands our physical world, adding layers and layers of information onto it; a seeming change of perception on a holistic level. Imagine playing a game where YOU were physically your avatar. The entire gaming environment would be mapped onto your current reality and you’d literally be living the game. Fascinating, isn’t it? Augmented reality possesses the capacity to revolutionize the world in terms of data visualization, planning for natural disasters, predicting things before ahead of time, and running simulations of events.
5g, 6g and yes, even 7g technology
Humans love speed; we crave it. More speed, more bandwidth, faster wi-fi, more connectivity. The technologies of 5g and beyond quench our desires for mobile connectivity speeds and, you guessed it, goes the extra mile. Imagine a mobile technology so fast that a surgeon in one part of the world could use the technology to operate on a patient in another part of the world! Insane, right? The possibilities of 5g, 6g and more gives us a wide variety of potential that could be extended to health, data storage, analytics and mind-to-mind communication (yes, I just said telepathy!), and, possibly, the digitization of the entire planet. A world connected by a single thread of supersonic internet connectivity. The possibilities are quite endless!
This is perhaps one of the craziest futuristic envisions yet to come. A vehicle that drives itself. Intelligent enough to avoid people and objects, wait for pedestrians, navigate bends and sharp turns, obey traffic regulations, control its own speeds and communicate with other cars of like technology within a given area! Crazy. The driverless cars are still experimental, but the possibilities of their applications could be enormous. Safety, of course, is still a concern, but the viability of its applications in terms of helping disabled people get from place to place, ease the stress of the human navigator, and even provide an advanced sense of security are all pluses to adore.
The world is expanding faster than we can think or know. Very soon, we’ll have a colony of humans inhabiting other planets, eat food not grown in the ground, live in alternate realities, travel at unimaginable speeds, and communicate with never before experienced capacities. The unpredictability of our human evolution in the landscape of technology makes for a very exciting existence of our entire species. What a time to be alive!