How will the world be in 2050? 17 predictions

| October 27, 2016

Publishing Author Tech Insider has asked the British futurologist Ian Pearson (known accuracy of forecasts, whose figure is 85%) of the innovations that will soon revolutionize the technological world. We publish a translation of the material Tech Insider with expert answers.

Delivery with Drones

The main constraint here is more legislative regulation, rather than technological progress. But according to Pearson, already by 2018, drones will be used, for example, in the supply of medical supplies for hospitals.

At the same time, the researcher believes that the authorities will not allow the drones spread too widely. So, flying machines will only be able to carry significant loads, but will not be involved in such mundane activities as pizza delivery.

Intercity travel by hyperloop may become a reality in six years.

As is known, high-speed transportation system hyperloop soon manifest itself in action. In May, the startup Hyperloop One already had a test run of your prototype.

After five or six years, Pearson expects to see hyperloop passing route, carrying passengers between the cities.

Machines will begin to think like humans by 2025

According to Pearson, quite plausibly, that computers will acquire consciousness in 2025, even earlier – in 2020.

“Google DeepMind have not yet reached this level, but I’m really confident that they are on track, and by 2020, their computer could surpass human consciousness and find” – says the expert. “This could be the beginning of the end, seriously.”

First manned flight to Mars by 2030

This forecast is, in fact, gives Elon Musk lead time to implement his plan to send humans to Mars. In June, Vox’s Code Conference Musk announced plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in 2024, so that they reach their destinations throughout the year.

“We will see the first people flown away to Mars, and robots will prepare the necessary, for example, will create the necessary materials [on Mars – approx. Tech Insider] », – says Pearson. “We have to do it, because to take a space can only be so many [load – approx. Lane]. ”

In the next 10 years, prostheses can become advanced enough to give people new opportunities

We are already seeing people with high-tech prostheses. Twenty-five biologist James Young uses an artificial arm with a built-in flashlight and a personal drone. A prosthesis French artist serves as a tattoo machine.

According to Pearson, artificial limbs continue to grow and reach a point where people will be completely satisfied with the merger of technology and body. For example, anyone can use cybernetic implants to enhance their own feet.

In the next 10 years, clothes can give us superpowers.

The most obvious, according to Pearson, an example – the exoskeleton. Recently, such a suit designed for heavy lifting, developed Hyundai.

But futurist also heralds the emergence of other types of advanced clothing like leggings, facilitating walking and jogging. Or a suit, like Spider-Man, of polymer gels that can improve physical strength.

In the next 10 years, virtual reality can replace textbooks

“You could move students in the scenery of the past and show fight, or other events took place,” – says Pearson. “Such things are easier to explain if students see their dynamics, not on the pages of textbooks.”

Draft Google Expeditions already allows students to travel with the help of VR in places such as the Great Barrier Reef. In September came the beta version of this app.

Smartphones will no longer be used by 2025

According to Pearson, 2025 smartphones will become obsolete because of the development of augmented reality.

“If in 2025 you will have a smartphone, you will become a laughing stock,” – says the expert.

Over the next decade displays augmented reality can be output from a small bracelets or other jewelry, which will eliminate the need to carry smartphones. Companies like Magic Leap prepare AR technology to the mass market.

Self-governing transport can become omnipresent in 10 years

Will this car or not, according to Pearson, – debatable.

Futurist describes a system of rolling transport, where people could rent “cheap steel boxes”, carrying passengers. Capsule-self-governing system would be more cost-effective than something more complex like unmanned cars.

However, with so many manufacturers, involved in the development of self-managed car, most likely, we will see the fruits of their work during the decade.

In the next 20 years, 3D-printing can be used to build even more houses

Architects from around the world compete with each other, trying to create the tallest buildings of the printed.

Company Winsun reported that 10 built by printing houses in China one day, spending $ 5,000 each. Professor of the University of Southern California is working on a giant of 3D-printers that can print at home with the whole wiring system and water supply.

Pearson believes that because of the population growth in the cities the ability to print cheap houses will be even more in demand.

Use robots for housework and friendly relations since 2030

“Artificial intelligence and robotics will provide us with a large number of machines for assistance and communication, as many people live alone,” – says Pearson. “So that dialogue – one of the main objectives for the future of robots.”

Toyota has already announced its plans for the production of robots equipped to help people in everyday life.

We can live in a virtual world like the Matrix by 2045

According to Pearson, the development of nanotechnology will allow us to connect the brain to the computer and to live in a simulation of reality.

“Definitely, it will be possible to create something like the Matrix, if you want to”, – said the expert. Somewhere in 2045, 2050 it will be possible to connect the human brain to a computer so that people believe that they live in a virtual world. ”

According to the futurist, this idea resonates with the thought Elon Musk on the neural lace, which the head of Tesla announced on Vox’s Code Conference in Southern California.

Neural lace – wireless neurointerface, which could add to our brain a digital layer of intelligence. This concept, are working on nanotechnology.

People can become cyborgs by 2045

If we can connect the brain to a computer by 2045, then we can use these technologies to transform oneself into a demi-polumashin.

That’s why Pearson as he claims, bought into the theory of neural lace mask. But even if the technology is ready, as predicted futurologist, the government banned most people use it.

“I do not think it will soon be possible in the political mainstream,” – says Pearson. “I do not think that we will approve technologically advanced soldiers with superintelligence or officials connected to the machines.”

Users will be able to manage the houses with the help of artificial intelligence by 2040

In fact, we are already seeing this in the example products like Amazon Echo, with which you can control the lights in their homes and have access to different information. By 2040, the AI will be embedded directly in the house, so you can give commands buildings about lighting conditions and temperature.

“Artificial intelligence is an important helper in the house”, – the expert believes.

After 25 years super-high buildings can function like a mini-city

Pearson already published this conclusion in the report , prepared jointly with the company Hewden, yielding to rent construction equipment.

According to futurologist, more settlements will build high-rise buildings, highlighting the floor under gyms, residential and office space in order to prepare for the influx of people into the city, which is expected within the next two decades.

Perhaps we fully move to renewable energy by 2050

According to Pearson, in 2050 we will be able to provide power to the ground objects such as cars and homes, without using mineral resources, but the latter will still be needed for the aircraft.

Improving the submarine cable infrastructure will enable countries to receive solar energy from places such as the Sahara desert to feed it their entire territory. The ability to deliver energy from the sun regions over time, increase the reliability of this type of resource.

“I am very optimistic about the fact that in 2030 we will see the emergence of huge solar farms in the Sahara”, – said Pearson.

He also added, and about nuclear energy, with its help we will be able to feed at home by 2045. Recently, China has made a breakthrough in the industry, received at the nuclear plant of the sun the temperature and holding it over a minute.

“Minerals are necessary to us on earth after 2050”, – says futurologist.

Space tourism could become real in 2050

According to Pearson, companies like Jeff Bezos Blue Origin and Elon Musk SpaceX will bring space travel to a level sufficient to make a reality of space tourism until 2050.

“Anyone who is able to pay 100 million, can spend a week in orbit … but it will be able to afford only the wealthy people in 2050,” – said the expert. “The price tag will not be in the near future following.”

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