In the early 90s, setting up internet connection used to be a process of dialing up the modem, waiting for minutes of periodic tones before getting connected. Today, it seems like you’re never disconnected from the internet at all.
The evolution of the internet shows the unlimited potential of technologies, and that 30 years is a relatively short period for humanity. It isn’t impossible to predict how technologies will transform the world in 2050. In fact, we’ve already had a glimpse into what the future holds in the present.
Here is how we believe technology will transform humanity in 2050.
While Florida has allowed self-driving cars to be tested without a backup driver, it will take a series of fine-tuning before the technology can be pronounced safe for the public. And when it does, self-driving cars will be a safer option that reduces accidents on the road.
Ian Pearson, a highly acclaimed futurologist, predicts that nanobots will make its presence felt in human beings, literally, in 2050. Such evolution will provide humans with Matrix-like experience as nanotechnology connects the human brain to cloud computing.
While there are political hurdles to be crossed, it is an exciting concept that has drawn the focus of researchers.
Forget about a self-replenishing refrigerator. The IoT in 2050 is one that involves interconnectivity of basically everything electronics. It will be a cohesive technology that drives clusters of electronics devices that operates with superior artificial intelligence(AI).
For instance, it will only take a couple of swipes to regulate a building’s environmental parameters or to access real-time energy statistics. With AI, buildings will make smarter decisions in optimizing energy usage based on data acquired.
Such integration of AI and IoT is also expected in other industries. The Industrial Revolution 4.0 will no longer be a buzzword, but an intelligent system where manufacturing facilities operate with greater precision and lesser wastage.
Say goodbye to the courier service as you know it. By 2050, fully-automated drones are expected to take to the sky, and send parcels to your home in a timely manner. Amazon PrimeAir has taken the initiative to develop and test drones that are designed to handle parcels delivery.
The obstacles of commercial drone applications are about regulatory compliance rather than the technology itself.
Japan’s recent attempt in installing a robotic humanoid at a 400-years temple didn’t impress foreign visitors. But it demonstrates how far we’ve progressed regarding robotic technology. It wouldn’t be surprising that humans will have robot companions at home, working on household chores, and preparing meals.
Concerns that robots taking over millions of humans job are real, especially where the jobs can be easily automated to maximize productivity. There will be a paradigm shift in the job market as new opportunities are created while conventional jobs are wiped off for humans.
Augmented reality will start making its way to mainstream consumers, and potentially obsoleting smartphones. The blurring of the physical and virtual realm will take the form of wearables that allow seamless interaction with digital applications and communication.
3D printing will continue to transform the construction industry. Large-sized 3D printers will build more houses at an increasingly lower cost and duration as the world approaches 2050. It opens new possibilities in architectural design and reduces reliance on the manual workforce.
What’s your thought of these transformative technologies driving the changes in 2050?