Culture in the western world in 2000 is way different than it was in 1900, just like culture in 1900 was a far cry from 1800. So by the year 2100, what will be the cultural norms? When will it be okay to reboot your sinuses in public and what will it be like as the teenager-ization of adults continues well into old age? What kind of etiquette will be required between humans and sentient humanoid robots? What will be the pressing social issues of the time?
Typing in a password is so 20th century. In the future, you may be able to unlock your phone, check your email, access online accounts and unlock your car or house with your thoughts. Right now, the technology to do so is bulky, expensive and inconvenient, but so were computers themselves decades and decades ago.
Just because the US and Canada still has plenty of farm land available, not a lot of countries do. And even those that do currently have plenty of room for farms, an increasing population and urbanization will make it necessary for farms of the future to become vertical urban farm skyscrapers.
The one above is a concept of a vertical farm that might be in New York City one day.
Smart watches are coming and it won’t be long before they’re everywhere. The two big smartphone companies, Apple and Samsung are both working hard on smart watches and there will be imitators. If you think it’s silly, there are lots of good reasons to have the smart watch of the future, and you’ll probably wonder how you lived without one.
On a 500 day manned mission to Mars, there’s a lot of things that could go wrong, including high levels of radiation in outer space. But future Mars astronauts could be shielded from radiation on their trip with a shield of their own poop. Star Trek never did that.
After a bunch of teasing, it looks like Google Glass will be launching by the end of this year. Prepare for everything you know about privacy to change, because while we’ve gotten used to everyone having a camera in their pocket, we still generally know when someone is recording us. We’ve even gotten used to surveillance cameras in cities, by telling ourselves that it’s for catching bad guys. But with Glass, once you get used to seeing it, you won’t always know when you’re being recorded and when you’re not.
Google is leading the self-driving car revolution, but Google’s approach is an incredibly sophisticated, incredibly expensive solution that still could be a decade or more away from actually making it into production vehicles. One group of researchers however may have come up with an in-between solution that gives your car some self-driving capabilities for only $150.
While technology is still a ways away from giving sight to the fully blind, those in the US who are partially blind now have the option of being fitted with the first FDA approved bionic eye to help restore vision.
Last year, the FAA approved the use of surveillance drones by local and state law enforcement and since then, hundreds and hundreds of law enforcement offices across America have ordered their own little drones, but increasingly Americans are getting pissed off at these little futuristic eyes in the sky, and for good reason. Nothing says “Welcome to the Big Brother state of the future” than having cops spy on you with little flying eyeballs.