What will life be like in 100 years? Will flying cars have replaced regular ones? Will we have colonized the moon?
Many futurists, including Ray Kurzweil, predict that technological advancements will allow us to accomplish incredible feats within the next century. Take a look at 10 predictions about what the world might look like in 100 years!
1. Robots will be our friends
We’ve already seen how robots are being used in education, as personal assistants, and as mail carriers.
What’s next? In just a few decades, we could be surrounded by helpful robots that know us personally. They’ll take care of things around our house or even run errands and provide companionship though some people may not take kindly to a cold robot trying to fill their emotional needs.
The first robot friends will likely look a lot like R2-D2 from Star Wars, at least until we can get them to look more human.
2) 3D printers will make anything
Experts predict that by 2027, 3D printers will be able to print most objects you can imagine. This means we won’t need to go to a store to buy physical goodswe’ll simply download digital blueprints and make them ourselves at home.
When you want something new, just think it up! The future is bright (and eco-friendly).
3) Humans will live in outer space
If you’re not willing to leave Earth behind, you may at least be able to visit outer space. SpaceX founder Elon Musk says humans will eventually live on Mars; Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is working on a 3D-printed rocket engine that could make long space voyages cheaper, and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin
Galactic is already taking passengers (if you can pay $250,000 for a ticket) into suborbital space. Given that big names in tech are increasingly investing in private space travel, it’s safe to say that humans will definitely be living on other planets within our lifetime.
To give you an idea of how different life might be then, here are 10 predictions from futurists around how things could change in 100 years
4) Communication will be all around us
We’re already seeing hints of what’s to come in areas like smart homes and voice recognition software, but we’ll see much more advanced versions of these capabilities in future years.
In a hundred years, your home could be able to project information onto any wall or surface you point it at. And speech recognition will only get better it might one day give way to complete telepathy, letting us communicate with our friends and family without uttering a word.
What are some other technologies that will lead to communicating with our environment in a hundred years? How would that change our daily lives? What does that mean for privacy?
5) No more disease or death from old age
In recent years, there has been an influx of money and interest in research aimed at finding cures for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as reversing aging.
One major goal is to put a stop to age-related diseases like macular degeneration (which results in blindness) and osteoporosis (which results in brittle bones).
It seems that every week scientists discover a new anti-aging gene or protein. The challenge is finding out how they all work together — and what their purpose actually is. If they can do that, then it should be possible to reprogram cells so that we no longer get old or sick and we can live forever!
What would you do if you had infinite time?
6) Virtual reality will be as real as your real life
Virtual reality is already turning heads with its virtual tours of fantasy worlds and popular science-fiction simulations. It’s not just fun and games though, there are uses in education, business, engineering, and more.
Virtual reality has a long way to go before it reaches Star Trek status but what do you think will be possible in a hundred years? In a hundred years’ time we could have holographic information right in front of us as we work or play, or even going one step further all our environments will look real rather than computerized.
What do you think that future holds?
7) Disruption and job loss will be minimal thanks to technology
There’s a widespread fear that robots and AI will wipe out our jobs. Some estimates say 47% of current U.S. jobs are at risk from being computerized or outsourced to other countries over time but don’t panic just yet:
Experts predict that new fields of work will be created by technology as humans adjust to fill gaps and leverage opportunities presented by innovation in automation and artificial intelligence. Jobs will evolve; we just have to start looking at what’s available now and going forward to find openings that aren’t yet on your radar screen.
8) The Internet of Things will lead to efficiency gains
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to internet-connected devices and sensors everything from cell phones to household appliances, to smart gadgets.
These devices are set up to transfer information back and forth via network-based computer systems. Connected devices enable automation and data analysis; they enable us to automate functions that were previously performed by humans, or at least not enabled through technology.
For example, connected thermostats can make your home more energy-efficient and help you save money on utility bills. How will IoT change our lives? If a recent Deloitte report is any indication, it will result in tremendous efficiency gains across all industries.
9) Genetically modified foods will improve health care worldwide
Since its inception, education has been a lifelong process of growth. From reading in kindergarten to your 20s and 30s, you’re constantly learning new things. Our capacity to learn grows exponentially with age and experience even as we age well into our 60s and 70s, we still pick up new things every day.
So if that’s true of everyone else, it will be doubly true of people born in 2055! Think about how much more they’ll know than you do.
What will they be capable of?
How will they use what they know?
And why wouldn’t you want to prepare for that now?
10) People are always learning new things
In 2013, MIT researchers found that our neural networks, those cognitive systems in our brain that allow us to learn and adapt to new situations, continue strengthening even when we aren’t using them.
In 2014, a report from UCLA estimated that only 11 percent of an adult’s brain is used at any given time, making room for us to learn new things.
Even people who are considered smarter than others can improve their brains; people with higher IQs actually have more unused space in their brains than those with lower IQs. While it might seem daunting we all have so much work left to do! it also means there are ways we can continue learning and getting smarter even after life starts.