Future technology is something I look forward to experiencing. What kind of phones will we be using? Will we need hospitals? What car would I be driving?
And so on are questions I can’t wait to have answered.
If there is one thing you can be sure of, the world is not where it was in the last decade. The constant change is something that you can bank on.
How exciting is it to catch a glimpse of what greatness the future holds for technology and the world as a whole?
The Phases of the Technological Revolution
Technology can be defined as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. On this note, despite how ingenious humans were at the dawn of time, this article will only begin from the period known as the technological revolution.
It is pretty tricky to separate the technological revolution from the industrial one as the advancement of technology is revolutionizing the industries. Futuristic inventions have always worked hand-in-hand with world revolutions. As such, it is better to discuss these two as a whole but in phases.
The first phase of the revolution was at the end of the 18th century, which saw mechanical production powered by hydroelectric and steam-powered engines. An example of such technology is the world’s first mechanical loom used in 1784. The second phase was at the beginning of the 20th century when mass production of specialized goods using electrical power was introduced.
The first recorded company to do this was Ford in 1913. By the late 60s to early 1970s, the third phase was already in existence. It witnessed further automation of production using both electric power and Information Technology. Case in point, the first programmable controller for machinery, was used in 1969.
Finally, the fourth phase, which we are in today, is witnessing the introduction of robotics into every facet of human existence.
What does the future holds?
The year 2020 saw the development of paper-based diagnostics, which were cheaper and quicker ways to diagnose illnesses. It became mainstream globally when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the need for short testing became a priority.
With the rapid technological advancement that characterized last year, it is not far-fetched to say that bespoke antibiotics will be widespread in the world by 2023.
These designer antibiotics are made to identify strains of “superbugs” and attack them individually.
Going back to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of early 2021, there were about 14 identified variants of the virus. In this case, these antibiotics come in quite handy.
What Future Technology can we expect?
What will be invented in the next ten years?:
After 2022, the expected future gadgets and innovations will be mind-blowing.
Let’s move on to 2024 and the introduction of consumable robots that would repair health disorders from the inside.
Not to be forgettable, by 2026, the world should see an introduction of intelligent clothing that can adjust to the environment and protect the body by regulating temperature.
Given the trend of industrial technology, by 2028, efficiency in spacecraft communication and vocation mining should be a regular thing.
With the increased interest in going green, it is predicted that by 2029, battery cells that consume carbon monoxide to provide power will be in circulation.
This will make for solving power and pollution issues in one fell swoop.
A new decade of future inventions that will change the world:
As impressive as these achievements may be, they almost pale compared to predicted future inventions in 2030.
These years will see the production of all-encompassing antiviral drugs for rare genetic disorders like ISG 15-deficiency and witness the production of diamond batteries. These batteries convert radiation from radioactive waste to electricity.
Still, on the discussion on advancement in medicine, 2032 will see the emergence of optogenetics in humans. Here, the light will control modified neurons, thus making neurological disorders like schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, and much more amenable to treatment.
By 2035, nanotech and solar power would have become cheaper and easily accessible to all; the most exhilarating internet will be exhilarating, biomimetic materials will be mainstream. Materials like clothing and even buildings will be able to self-clean and self-repair.
Technology- the gift that keeps on giving
Just when one is about to become bored by the predictability of the future as AI evolves into a new generation, 2036 will usher in the production of custom molecules, leading to the creation of new materials in the world.
3D printing of all and sundry will be common to every home. A full immersion into a computer interface, a self-sufficient energy ecosystem, and altered genomes bringing about designer babies would have become just a normal Tuesday by 2039.
At the dawn of the new decade, holographic pets and microwave rockets will be the order of the day. And oh yes, holographic dating sites too. Fast-paced genetic screening, fusion power, sophisticated algorithms, and space-based solar energy will also begin to see the light of day.
Coming to the end of this decade, genetic enhancement, positive climate change, and permanent carbon storage will be in the works.
You might be wondering what inventions will there be in 2050?
By 2055, the world will bid a great welcome to Atlantis as this year will witness the emergence of both underwater and floating cities that are powerful and extremely wealthy.
And So On…
Come 2056; someone will hopefully correct any misconceptions or mixed dates given this article, seeing how we cannot wholly predict future aspects.
New suggestions and input are very much welcome in the comment section and DMs on LinkedIn. According to you - what inventions need to be invented to help the world?