Predicting the future is a fun task but not everyone can be a Nostradamus! While the year 2050 may sound far away, we are almost there and it’s just about 30 years to go. A lot of predictions made here are based on current technology and how they might evolve in the next couple of decades. While some predictions may happen like how The Jetsons did decades ago, some may not, as the technology we saw in ‘Back to the Future’ never made its way to 2018 as predicted.
So, here goes this amazing list of 8 technologies we can look forward to in 2050 and how they may change human lives forever…
Nanobots will take control of your brains
This by far is the most ambitious prediction because it won’t be until 2050 that nanobots will connect to your brain and upload every last ounce of data to the cloud. Each individual person will have a digital presence overcoming biological obstacles such as memory loss, loss of evidence and the inability to coherently manage thought process. Everything will be stored on the cloud for easy access.
Machines will start thinking like humans do
Artificial intelligence is thriving in the 21st century like no other and by 2025, machines could start thinking like humans do. In fact, there is a growth in the number of artificial intelligence companies that aim to make a revolutionary breakthrough by working hard on developing their own intelligent technology and services. This prediction is made by Ian Pearson, a futurist with 85% success rate. He claims that Google’s DeepMind is in its nascent stage but eventually machines will gain a higher level of intelligence considering the massive amount of data we are feeding into them every day.
Smartphones will eventually die
Mark the year 2030. Give or take a couple of years may be! Smartphones will become obsolete in a decade and a half with the advent of virtual reality and augmented reality. A simple bracelet or smartwatch will get the job done! They will project an AR version of your smartphone using which you can make calls, watch videos and browse the web.
Virtual reality will become your reality
Virtual reality is fast growing with Oculus Rift and is about to grow bigger than you’ve ever imagined. A true level of immersion will happen in the next few decades when VR headsets will become a bit intrusive as they will connect directly to your brain. Your sensors will simulate real life actions creating an alternate reality and maybe you might start living there, just like the Matrix!
People will spend their weekend in Mars
Sounds crazy, right? May be not! Smartphones, Internet and Autonomous cars were considered sorcery in the middle ages but not anymore. A few years done the lane, people could actually be on a weekend trip to Mars. Elon Musk’s Space X is already on it and the company will soon provide affordable orbital tourism packages.
Advanced prosthetics will enhance an individual’s ability
How about cutting your legs off so that your prosthetic legs could make you a runner like Usain Bolt? This is what you might hear when you walk into a medical facility in 2050 when advanced prosthetics will enable physically challenged people to gain motor skills. A normal person can even choose to upgrade his or her weak human body to a powerful robotic variant if they like to.
Cars will no longer have human drivers in them
Self-driving cars have already reached level 3 autonomous capability and it won’t be long before the road is filled with empty vehicles. There’s no need for a driver to be seated inside a car anymore. In a couple of decades, you will witness driverless cars, buses picking up and dropping off people. They are expected to reduce accidents and other issues caused by a human’s erroneous driving skills.
Robots will help construct skyscraper cities
With the power of Google AI and robots equipped with engineering skills, building a bunch of skyscrapers together that operate as a mini-city is very much real. Environmentalists and governments would want to accommodate growing human population without tampering into natural resources. Building self-sustaining cities sounds like the kind of technology the planet needs real soon.