Some of this is overly technical for me, but still interesting. I still barely understand what 3-D printing is.
And much of the stuff predicted over the last 55 years of my life still hasn't happened. In the 1970's supposedly guns would be obsolete and we'd be fighting, on the ground and in space, with lasers now. Or the book Future Shock by Alvin and Heidi Toffler, that even Newt Gingrich was enthusiastic about, is not discussed anymore, apparently less prescient than initially thought.
On the other hand, the future of warfare in the book Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, although not a prediction but just a vision of war in the future, has become very influential on the forming of modern warfare in the U.S., to the point that it is required reading at West Point for cadets. For example, soldiers having helmets with video cameras and radio-linked platoon communication. And in the above video, they are working on exo-skeleton robotics that could give people, and soldiers, superhuman abilities, as was forseen in Heinlain's Starship Troopers. One visual I recall from the novel was soldiers in armored exoskeletons that made them like human fleas, that leap several thousand yards at a time to take better combat positions during a battle.
I'm a bit skeptical about the rapidity, if ever, of abandoning fossil feuls because of an alleged imminent breakthrough in green energy to replace it. I'll believe it when it happens. And I hope it does. My view is that if green energy did evolve to that point it would replace oil, gas and coal quickly, not for environmental reasons, but simply because it would be cheaper, and therefore would make fossil fuels obsolete. Not because green energy would be cleaner, but only because it would be cheaper.
Self-driving cars and trucks could happen either slower than envisioned here, or faster than we might have imagined.
If you read the book I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, a collection of loosely related short stories about the devolopment of robots in the future, as he envisioned writing in the 1940's and 1950's, his forseen timeframe is pretty damn close to what has been actually occurring. We already have robots that can vaccuum carpets, sweep pools, cook dinner and other tasks, although not in wide use yet, until they develop further.
- Sat Sep 21 201912:56 PMRe: 9 things that will happen in the future.
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The two wildest technologies they're working on are: 1) trying to develop technology so humans can grow back limbs or organs the same way lizards can. I've been hearing about this research for over 10 years. 2) Breaking the DNA code to reverse the aging process. If they could do that, humans would be able to live for thousands of years!
They're also working on cloning of meat so that farms could just grow beef or chicken in a petrie dish, and we could get meat without slaughtering animals. From what I understand, that one is coming close to fruition. They also are coming closer to a cure for HIV/AIDS, and just yesterday I saw a story that they are getting close to a preventive cure for the common cold.
If we can avoid blowing ourselves up, it could be a great future.