Future Technologies You Will Live To See

1. From BMI to BMBI

 

 

 

How does it work?

 

BMI (Brain-Machine Interface) is essentially about sending orders from your brain to a computer. And the orders will no longer be given by clicking a mouse, typing at a keyboard, or speaking into a microphone.

 

It will be thinking about what you want the computer to do, in your head. That thought is actually an electromagnetic signal, which gets picked up by electrodes near or implanted in certain areas of your brain.

 

And BMBI (Brain-Machine-Brain Interface) allows you to feel, touch, smell things when they are not really there. Senses are converted into electromagnetic signals that your brain can understand, and input directly to your head.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

In the future you can play video games hands-free, also the experience will be much more vivid.

 

If you are a soldier in the game, you will be able to feel the tough and icy surface of your M3 rifle, the realistic shock when you take a shot, even smell the gun smoke.

 

Similarly the movie experience will become complete emersion for you. You will not be able to hold back your tears will the movie character experience loss, because your brain gets exactly the same signal - emotion - as in the movie scene.

 

For people who are missing their limbs or suffering paralysis, this technology can give them back both their ability to move and to feel objects. 

 

 

 

2. Brain Net

 

 

How does it work?

 

This is basically a mash-up between BMI and the Internet. Brain signals are uploaded and transmitted through internet, so the actual thoughts and feelings can be shared among any group of people on Earth.

 

While now the whole world is connected by a network of computers, the future may very well be an age of total mind sharing.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

Freedom. Peace. For everyone. Whatever you problem is, you will find solutions amount the billions of interconnected brains. No more secrets. No more conflicts. No more lies.

 

When the ethics and safety issues are tackled, the coming of the Brain Net will bring changes no one can possibly imagine now.

 

 

3. Supercomputer

 

How does it work?

 

Following the Murphy’s Law, calculating power of supercomputers will grow exponentially. By estimates, in 10 years, computers will be able to give you a right-as-rain two-week weather forecast.

 

And meanwhile by then, we will witness the birth of a computer as smart as the human brain, and in the same, even smaller size.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

In a company, supercomputer can do the managing for you: making work plan and monitoring progress, it will even alter you when an employee is having a down day, or about to quit, or worse.

 

The shrunk size makes it possible to carry it around, and it’s so vigilant that it will alert you of a potential traffic accident that might do you irrevocable harm.

 

With its help, the energy consumption of whatever we do will become waste-free.

 

What’s more amazing, it will possibly evolve to be capable of human emotions. By then, falling in love with your operating system will be an option, even a better option for a lot of people. Just like in the Oscar winning movie “Her”.

 

In a broader sense, supercomputer is the key infrastructure for almost every new stunt that science will pull off in future.

 

 

4. Antigravity

 

 

 

How does it work?

 

Physicists are on the verge of finding a type of basic particle that defies gravitational force.

 

In brief, it floats and never falls.

 

This elusive substance, once becoming our friend, will be the number one choice as the new fuel.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

Microsoft jokes about “Levitation not included” in the commercial of the new Surface Pro.

 

In a few decades, that joke will no longer be funny.

 

Because everything can be “levitation included”. Not just cars.

 

And you will really need to find the “New Balance” in your antigravity running-flying shoes, if you are still open-minded enough to try new stuff at that age.

 

 

5. Hologram, it’s everywhere. 

 

 

How does it work?

 

The now primitive version of the technology only gives you seemingly 3D images.

 

In the future, it will almost make teleporting unnecessary.

 

The things on a hologram can be seen and heard in 3D, but that’s only the basic. You will also be able to feel, smell, even control it.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

When your car breaks down, send your mechanic the hologram of what’s under the hood. And he can start working on it on the other side. And you will be back on the road in no time.

 

How cool is that?

 

Also, with a hologram projector, you get to conjure up your computer literally out of thin air, in 3D. Forget about keyboard, mouse, hard drive, everything will be in the cloud then. And the power of the supercomputers will be shared by everyone.

 

Now that’s when PC really deserves the word ‘Air’ in its name. MacBook Air? Don’t make me laugh.

 

 

 

6. Hand-held fMRI - hospital in a first aid kit, at home

 

How does it work?

 

Today, when you need a through-and-through full body check, the doctor conveys you through a multi-million dollar fMRI machine.

 

It’s chunky, scarily chunky. It can send flying an iron cup 10 meters away. But necessarily so. Because the bigger the machine, the more accurate the result image.

 

Well, not anymore.

 

10 years later. Your cell phone can well be the fMRI (the real deal, nothing make-shift about it) and get the same result.

 

Because a supercomputer at the other end of the internet can work from the imperfect image, and render it complete.

 

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

No more long lines at the hospital. No driving down there even.

 

Why? ‘Cause you will have all the medical equipments needed in your living room, stored neatly, in one first aid kit. For your pets, too, if you have any.

 

Imagine that! Just get tested at home, get your diagnosis and prescription online. You’ve never been safer from illness, and more at home. 

 

 

 

7. 3D printing - manufacturing, construction

 

 

How does it work?

 

The concept is simple. And also, already in action.

 

What I mean here is, of course, the perfected version of 3D printing.

 

By 2035, it will cover all categories, and all scales.

 

Yes, I’m talking about printing out an entire aircraft carrier, if we will still need that.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

No delivery needed after every order you place online. What you pay for in that online shop is merely a blueprint of the product.

 

But guess what? The future 3D printing can accomplish as fine details as advertised on TV or showcased in the store!

 

And no more noise from nearby housing project. How come? The smooth “building printer” will be doing the job, in place of the noisy, power-drill-is-my-best-buddy workers.

 

 

8. Smart kitchen, smarter utensils

 

 

 

How does it work?

 

All the innovations will combine into the smart kitchen.

 

Countertop with touch screen and internet, levitating and remote-heated frying pan, fridge that informs you the expiry of food, and... the transforming lightsaber knife!

 

 

What’s in if for YOU?

 

Clean, fast, smart cooking. And all the tastier.

 

For starters, molecular gastronomy (yes, that’s a thing, been a while.) can be finally brought home. Your taste buds will be pleased on the atomic level.

 

Also, you will know if the dish will be good, while you are still cooking it. Your spatula will tell you what ingredient you need to put in.

 

What if you don’t have the ingredient? Impossible, the intelligent online grocery shopper has already taken care of it yesterday!

 

 

 

9. Pay for things, with your tattoo

 

 

How does it work?

 

Or if you don’t have a tattoo - first, scan anything with your cell phone camera, tell the cell phone that this image is the key to your PayPal account.

 

It could be anything: your face, your bracelet, your cat, or your (or neighbor’s) monkey.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

Much safer than cash and credit cards. More fun. Obviously.

 

The code you set by scanning a random object can not be cracked. And you get to show your friends one more cool thing you can do.

 

 

10. Supermaglev trains and sky stations

 

 

How does it work?

 

Maglev trains will be faster, there is no doubt.

 

But by how much? An engineering team in China has the best answer so far: 2900km/h.

 

That’s a big “WOW”. Right?

 

Also, when you look at our traditional train stations that take up all the land, and harbor threats of thefts, venom spitting lunatics, and terrorist attacks, don’t you ever wonder when it will all change?

 

The answer: skyscraper train station. Or the cooler sound: sky station.

 

Yes, in the future, the trains will cling to their rails so tight, that vertical train stations become possible.

 

What’s in it for YOU?

 

Travel by train from New York passing Bering Strait to Beijing, in 5 hours.

And much more security. Especially swell for those tormented by fear of flying.