In 1899, Charles Dewell, the U.S. Commissioner of Patents of the U.S. Patent Office, resigned from his post and asked Congress to completely abolish his own office. “Everything that can be invented has already been invented!” he claimed. But in reality, it has turned out to be quite the opposite. What today seems to be an integral part of our lives, 100, 50 and even 20 years ago was an absolute fiction, hard to even imagine. In this article we have collected five incredible technologies of the future that will change the world and its people. And who knows, maybe in a short while we will all be using them the way we use cell phones or credit cards today.
No. 5 Visualizer – technology future trends
Many incredible technologies have already been invented and are working for the benefit of humankind. According to futurologists, the invention of the visualizer will affect the media environment in the same dramatic way the invention of the computer has done. Imagine that you no longer have to make a movie to show it to other people. No need to know how to play musical instruments to write music. Even I would not have to type this article on my keyboard. All this is quite easy to picture in our mind, and the visualizer, catching those mental images, will convert them into particular media content.
- Direct reading of thoughts;
- Digitization of mental information onto a digital data medium;
- Conversion of mental information into a multi-channel sound, 3D animation, text, odor, or tactile sensation.
You think it’s a pipe dream? Well, it might be. But right now scientists in the USA are already actively working on this technology. Jack Gallant’s machine, thanks to the functional magnetic resonance imaging technology, can capture visual images that a person is seeing, and then stream and display them as blurred images.
When: in less than 10 years
However, the quality of this picture is not too high at the moment, and an FMRT device itself is very expensive and takes up a lot of space. With that said, not so long ago a computer used to take the space of the size of a huge closet, and now it fits in a watch or bracelet. It is quite possible that the visualizer will become something quite ordinary even during our lifetime.
No. 4 Molecular Transformer – Cool Technologies of the Future
We work, we spend a lot of time on self-improvement and we would like to earn enough money to afford everything we need. But what if you wouldn’t need to make money anymore?
The molecular transformer, as it is visualized by futurologists, is like a microwave that transforms the inner structure and arrangements of an object at the atomic level. Put an ordinary stone picked outside in it, install appropriate software, wait a little, and take out a diamond, an apple, or a juicy Medium Rare steak.
When: in 15 years, maybe earlier.
The invention of this tool will completely change the way humanity thinks about values. From that moment on, possession of anything will not mean that much for us. What will only be important is to know the transformation technologies, and they will become the most important products on the market.
- Transformation of matter at the atomic level;
- Re-creation of some substances from the materials of others;
It is hard to imagine, but perhaps the task of finding the Philosopher’s Stone, medieval alchemists worked so hard on, will be solved and will serve humanity.
No. 3 Nanobots – Technologies of the Near Future
So, we’ve already dealt with never ending abundance. What about immortality and eternal youth? And future science has a credible answer to that. After all, robots have already become very smart, but what if they will also become very small?
Nanobots are small, intelligent robots that “patrol” the human body as they travel through the bloodstream and internal organs. These folks throw themselves at anything that suddenly goes wrong inside us and help mend the problem. In a matter of seconds, they can stop a bleeding, join a fracture, cure a malfunctioning organ, perform a skin tightening, or reduce the percentage of fat.
When: in some 15 to 20 years
A visit to a hospital will be changed beyond recognition. Doctors will no longer need to do workups, take tests, or perform surgeries.
- Collection and processing of a complete picture of the body state;
- Regeneration of body tissues, functions, and systems;
- Prolongation of organic life expectancy.
All the necessary data will be available in our personal nanobots’ report. A doctor will only need to give them a task, and they will do everything within a very short time.
No. 2 Hyperreality – disruptive technologies of the future
And if nanobots are already present in our bodies, why not make them interact with our consciousness as well? Besides regeneration, future biotechnologies will also be responsible for the human connection to the world. Just one thought, and we’re already online. Just one thought, and we are connected to friends while we stay somewhere we enjoy being.
- Direct human access to the Global Network and virtual reality;
- Limitless communication;
- Full immersion of human consciousness in the Global Network.
Just one though and we exchange huge flows of information over any distance with any person or the whole world at once, without making a slightest physical effort. It seems completely unbelievable, but isn’t it true that the concept of a horseless wagon also sounded unbelievable to folks back then?
When: in just some 20 years
No. 1 Artificial Superintelligence – Future Technologies of the World
But all these inventions pale in comparison to our last one, which will completely change the concept of human civilization and perhaps become our major and last achievement.
According to researchers, at some point, the self-improvement of machine intelligence will be so fast that in a fraction of a second it will be completely updated without any participation of its creators. The “Intelligent Explosion” will be an incredibly fast and completely irreversible process that will absorb all other processes with no exception. In the end, artificial intelligence will surpass the combined intellect of the whole humankind. This moment is called the technical singularity.
- A self-improving artificial intelligence;
- Control of all the processes in the world;
- Full systematization and intellectualization of all processes in the universe.
Several eminent scientists, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have expressed their concern that this moment could become the end of human civilization because the machine would no longer have to serve humankind. It itself will become the master of the world and be able to perfectly exist without its creators.
When: in 20 to 25 years
It is interesting!
The most incredible thing is that scientists predict the invention of artificial superintelligence to take place in some very near future. Given the current technological development rate and the speed of progress, the technical singularity will happen somewhere in 2040-2045. According to futurologists, the whole Earth, and then the whole universe will become one huge intelligent supercomputer, which will be the basis for the future civilization.
New Technologies of the Future: Are They Good or Bad?
These days, technologies and inventions serve humankind and make our life longer, more comfortable, and safer. And no one can know for sure what will happen tomorrow. However we have to admit that intellectual progress of humankind has never evolved at the pace it is evolving now. And if Mr. Dewell we told you about in the beginning saw the world today, he would not give his post as the Commissioner of the Patent Office away to anyone even for all the treasures of the world.
But what exactly do we use all the present day technologies for? Have they helped us to become kinder and more honest? Will we become happier with those inventions that are waiting for us around tomorrow’s corner? Futurologists can’t give an unambiguous answer to that question, leaving each one of us to solve this problem for ourselves.