We can only envision the future technology that our grandkids will be able to use on a daily basis. Future technology will allow the generation of today to live longer due to advances in medicine, use more high tech computers and electronics. Future electronics will go way beyond the iPad using holograms & other virtual reality technology. What once was believed to be science fiction will simply be known as science.
10. The Flying Car
It was between 1996-2002 NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project explored the possibilities of antigravity. Society hasn’t ever really stopped dreaming about flying cars which is deemed not impossible as there are a rare few that have already been made today. Terrafugia’s 2010 prototype probably the most recent. However the concept seems more out of question when you consider highway systems in the skys.
9. Underwater Cities
For the early humans the oceans were a vast mystery. Today, our understanding has expanded but the world’s waters still offer us an abundance of mystery. We dream less about mermaid cities and sunken Atlantis and instead imagine underwater seafloor colonies. In the 1960s Jacques Cousteau’s Conshelf project and the United States Navy’s Sealab saw the dream of living undersea. They tested the ocean floor and proved that humans can live and work for extended periods of time underwater. The test subjects tended underwater gardens, tackled underwater construction projects and lived the life of an aquanaut. Half a century later we have underwater hotels in Dubai. However living underwater isn’t necessary & very expensive. Circumstances haven’t forced humans to consider underwater living seriously but when the ice-caps melt and the lands get flooded under sea then we can only imagine what the future generations will be forced to do.
8. Robot Slaves
It’s fair to say as we have evolved and created new technology our procrastination habits have also evolved. Instead of reading maps, we now follow a tomtom. Instead of posting a letter we now send a text. Instead of cleaning the dishes & vacuuming the floor we might just have automated bots to carry out these tasks for us – a true robotic domestic servant capable of safely navigating a human living environment. It is said Japan are commonly known to be excited by this idea and have already created robotic bots. I-pod to I-bot. Who knows?
7. Trips To The Moon
A British company is offering seats to adventurers willing to go the extra mile on a journey to the moon.The first 500,000-mile round trip in a converted Soviet-era space station could take place as early as 2015. The private British space company will carry out the first manned moon mission since Apollo 17 in 1972. The aim is for 3 people to fly to the moon, orbit the lunar surface, parachuting to the ground and return safely to earth. Seems like another big step for mankind if one day travel agencies maybe catering for out of space ‘resorts’.
6. Food In A Pill
It is said this idea was actually first envisioned in the 1800s to spare animals from slaughter, while others saw it as a way to feed the planet’s growing population without causing too much demand from the planet itself. Today’s society with the increase in working hours and less leisure time we have resorted to packing lunch into small boxes or bars. It could be possibly our future ancestors will evolve to create pills containing all the nutrients required for a meal. Food supplement pills have already been marketed but they specialise in gym related products. The only problem with this idea is that people like to eat because food tastes good – pills generally don’t.
5. The Air Conditioned Suit
When air conditioning was first invented in 1902 it was described as having a drawback. It required people to stay indoors to stay cool. Wouldn’t it be better if you could wear air conditioning on your body, so you could stroll down the street on the hottest day in July without breaking a sweat? Futurists dreamed of just that, and in 1951, scientists touted the idea of an air-conditioned suit cooled through ducts built into an insulated lining, which would be cooled by a small refrigeration unit attached to the body. In 1993, an inventor actually patented a “wearable air conditioner” with water-filled coils built into the fabric that would be cooled by reactions. However it never made it into stores possibly because of how much a water-filled suit might weigh.
Looking back in history humans have turned to just about every viable option on the planet for new means of destroying one another. The use of biological weapons, or bioweapons, dates back to the ancient world. As early as 1,500 B.C. the Hittites of Asia Minor sent plague victims into enemy lands. Some historians even argue that the 10 biblical plagues Moses called down against the Egyptians may have been more of a biological warfare rather than the acts of God. Advances in medical science have led to an understanding of harmful pathogens and the way our immune systems deal with them. But while these advancements have led to vaccinations and cures, they have also led to the further weaponisation of some of the most destructive biological agents on the planet. Today, biological weapons are outlawed under 1972’s Biological Weapons Convention. But while a number of nations have ceased research into their biological weapons the threat remains.
3. Body Heat Powered Electrical Devices
Researchers are coming up with certain ways to rechannel the body’s natural energies to power electrical devices. Scientists at the Energy Dept.’s Berkeley Lab announced breakthroughs in nano-wire based converters that could let someone charge a cell phone with body heat or charge an iPod through walking. This can possibly defeat the role of batteries.
Nanotechnology in medicine is said to bring about advanced and exciting methods to treat certain diseases. It involves employing nanoparticles to deliver drugs, heat, light or other substances to specific types of cells (such as cancer cells). The nanoparticles are engineered in such a way that they are attracted to diseased cells. This technique brings no harm to healthy cells which is the greatest problem when treating cancer to the patients of today. Tests are already in progress and the final approval for the use of nanoparticles is still pending. Researchers are also developing nanoparticles to defeat viruses. It does not necessarily kill the virus molecules but it delivers enzymes that prevent the reproduction of the virus in the patients bloodstream. Another plausible use of nanoparticles is to treat neurological disorders in the brain. Many scientists are certain nanotechnology will prove to be a great step for mankind.
If you could go back or forward in time, when would you go? Time travel would open the door to a million possibilities, yet there’s always the risk of disastrous paradoxes, altering the present for the worse. Imagine if we could develop the means to withstand the force of a wormhole (a shortcut through the universe’s space-time continuum). Today the idea sounds like fiction, similarly to communicating visually with people who can be on the other side of the world 100 years ago (webcam). Maybe we shouldn’t be so pessimistic to how quickly mankind can advance in technology.
NASA have discovered two planets of which are very similar to Earth and claim they have a high possibility of maintaining life.
They are the smallest planets known outside the solar system and the most promising to bear life has been named “Kepler 22-b”. It has key aspects of which are similar of Earth as it orbits around a star, at just about an equal distance, that has been described as a “twin of our sun”. Kepler 22-b is within what scientists call the “Goldilocks zone” which is a specific distance from a star which will allow liquid water to exist. Therefore we can conclude it is very likely liquid water is present on the surface of Kepler 22-b, thus bringing the basic requirements for life to exist. Based on Miller & Urey’s Primeval Soup Theory, microbes formed from a reaction which took place between nucleic acids in water and overtime evolved into the life-forms we know of today. A Kepler scientist Natalie Batahla said
“It’s right in the middle of the habitable zone. The other exciting thing is that it orbits a star very, very similar to our own sun”.
The average temperature on the newly announced planet could also be just right for life – about 50-72 degrees, a perfect spring day on some places of Earth. The only problem is the planet’s a bit big for life to exist on the surface. Kepler 22-b is around 2.4 times the size of Earth. So there could be more like the gas-and-liquid of Neptune, with only a rocky core and mostly ocean.
However Astronomers still look for life elsewhere and comprehending everything ranging from microbes to intelligent beings that can be looking back at us. So far the Kepler telescope has spotted 2,326 planets outside our solar system with 139 of them potentially habitable ones. Even though the confirmed Kepler-22b is a bit big, it is still smaller than most of the other planets discovered. It is closest to Earth in terms of size, temperature similarity of the star it orbits.
There is still a possibility of life thriving in Kepler-22b, only further research and advanced technologies will tell in time. For now we can only debate and fantasize. Who knows, advanced beings from Kepler-22b maybe watching me and you right now.